Big Deal: New York’s Beau Monde Finds Downtown

(The New York Times) For a select group of New Yorkers, having dinner at Harry Cipriani on 59th Street is considered “going downtown.”

But the dynamic between New Yorkers who live on the Upper East Side and those in Lower Manhattan is shifting, with many uptown adherents now embracing downtown neighborhoods that would once have been considered unthinkable.       

“Downtown is livelier — we feel as though we have been in Milan for the weekend,” said Brooke Garber Neidich, a chairwoman of the Whitney Museum, a founder and chairwoman of the Child Mind Institute and a trustee of Lincoln Center Theater.       

Places like Sant Ambroeus, in the West Village, are drawing uptown adherents. Credit: Lee Celano for The New York Times