Larry Echaverry

Chauffeur Concierge

New York

Larry Echaverry is a chauffeur concierge and New York City specialist. For more than 10 years, through his work with New York's Empire CLS, he has navigated for his clients not just New York City's streets, but also its most exclusive nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and events. Echaverry makes it his business to stay ahead of the Big Apple's newest openings and hot spots, delivering access and itineraries for high profile guests. 

  • On December 12, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in New York City?

    I always recommend Serendipity by Bloomingdale’s. Believe it or not, The Brooklyn Diner, which is actually in Manhattan on 57th and Seventh is very good, and great for kids and families. And, of course, Bubby’s — it’s a family-friendly restaurant. I would also say Mars 2112 and Jekyll & Hyde are great, family and kid-friendly restaurants. 
  • On December 12, 2012
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    What are the best food experiences in New York City?

    You definitely have to have dinner at Daniel on 65th and Park. That’s some of the best food in New York.
    If you love steak, you have to go to the Mandarin Oriental, New York [and eat at] Per Se in the Time Warner Center. If you love Chinese, [go to] Philippe Chow. For Japanese, I would go to Nobu in Tribeca. And that leaves Spice Market — it’s Asian fusion, which is great.
  • On December 12, 2012
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    Where are the best places to hear live music in New York City?

    There’s new venue and restaurant called The Darby on West 14th, which plays a lot of live music. On Mondays, The Carlyle plays jazz by Woody Allen, who plays himself every Monday at The Carlyle Hotel. It gets busy. You must make a reservation. And you have your West Third jazz club in the West Village, Blue Note. And, of course, Rockefeller Center’s NBC shows have live music and concerts in the summer. You can come and watch, and it’s free.
  • On October 18, 2012
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    What are the best things to see and do in New York City?

    The best things to see and do in New York include a visit to the Empire State Building. Go to the Statue of Liberty, which is Battery Park. If it’s December, I would recommend ice skating at Rockefeller Center. On a Sunday, I would say walking over the Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan Bridge. You can go jogging in Central Park. You definitely have to walk around and view Times Square.
  • On July 8, 2012
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    What is the best way to see New York City in one day?

    If you can afford a tour guide or a professional chauffeur to show you around all the spots all over New York, do that. But if you want to commute, use the train. Get a one-day fun pass and go to Battery Park, back uptown, then take the train and head to Harlem, and come back to Midtown. You can do it all in a day, believe it or not.
     
    As a tourist, I would start off going to the George Washington Bridge. You must experience getting on the bridge — either walking or in a car. You have to go to Times Square. I would definitely go to the top of the Empire State Building, or the 30 Rock view at Rockefeller Plaza. I would stop for a great hot dog at Gray’s Papaya in the West Village. Go to Central Park — enjoy a horse ride, walk around, go to FAO Schwartz, right on 58th Street and Fifth Avenue by the Apple Store. I would have dinner at a famous restaurant in Times Square, like Carmine’s or just have a burger at the Hard Rock Café. You must go to a Broadway show and enjoy. And if I had time, I would view Ground Zero and, of course, the Statue of Liberty at night. I’d have to go to Canal Street, Chinatown and Little Italy. In between you have to go and buy your little souvenirs that you’d bring back home. I’d try to get on the trolley, which is the transfer from the city to Queens. Anyone can get on those. Also, you must go to South Street Seaport.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    Where are the best places to hear live music in New York City?

    There’s new venue and restaurant called The Darby on West 14th, which plays a lot of live music. On Mondays, The Carlyle plays jazz by Woody Allen, who plays himself every Monday at The Carlyle Hotel. It gets busy. You must make a reservation. And you have your West Third jazz club in the West Village, Blue Note. And, of course, Rockefeller Center’s NBC shows have live music and concerts in the summer. You can come and watch, and it’s free.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best New York City museums?

    The best museums in New York are MoMa, The Guggenheim, The Natural History Museum. I like the Bodies exhibit, which is in the South Street Seaport. The Museum of Moving Image is really nice as well, but that’s in Long Island City, in Queens, actually. The Whitney Museum of American Art, of course. And everyone’s going to tell you The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I don’t want to be too repetitive — but yes, that’s the top museum. Let’s not leave the kids behind — there’s the Children’s Museum on the Upper West Side. Also, visit The Intrepid Museum on 46th Street and 12th Avenue.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best food experiences in New York City?

    You definitely have to have dinner at Daniel on 65th and Park. That’s some of the best food in New York.
    If you love steak, you have to go to the Mandarin Oriental, New York [and eat at] Per Se in the Time Warner Center. If you love Chinese, [go to] Philippe Chow. For Japanese, I would go to Nobu in Tribeca. And that leaves Spice Market — it’s Asian fusion, which is great.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best romantic restaurants in New York City?

    Number one on my list is Da Silvano. It’s a Tuscan restaurant right on Sixth Avenue and West Houston. If you have the chance to eat there, it’s very good and romantic. Masa — if you want to have a view of Central Park West on Columbus Circle and you love sushi — you must go to Masa. Babbo, of course, in the West Village by NYU. If you want something classy and elegant, I’d say Eleven Madison Park.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in New York City?

    I always recommend Serendipity by Bloomingdale’s. Believe it or not, The Brooklyn Diner, which is actually in Manhattan on 57th and Seventh is very good, and great for kids and families. And, of course, Bubby’s — it’s a family-friendly restaurant. I would also say Mars 2112 and Jekyll & Hyde are great, family and kid-friendly restaurants. 
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What is the best New York City nightlife?

    Start with Jimmy’s. If you’re familiar with it, it’s in The James Hotel in SoHo. 1OAK is definitely a very cool and hip place. Double Seven is very cool and loungey with great margaritas and drinks. You must go to Provocateur, which is in the Meatpacking District. There’s two new clubs in the Chinatown area. If you’re familiar with Chinatown and the hidden street alleys, right in the middle of that you’ll see a big gentlemen’s den and a front door, and you’ll think, “What is this?” It’s a bar/lounge. The name of it is Apotheke. On Wednesday nights, you need a secret password to get in. The other nights, you can get a walk-in if you’re lucky. Right around the corner is Le Baron. It’s a bar/lounge. If you show up in a suit or nice skirt, don’t even try it. You will not get in. You can’t come from the office with your Wall Street look. Put on some baggy Levi’s jeans. You must go to Avenue A, which is also in the Meatpacking District. If you ask me about really, really underground places with no names, I could give you a few. There’s a new one called Bathtub Gin. It’s behind a coffee shop. You think you’re walking in to drink coffee, and it’s a different world. There’s Please Don’t Tell, which has a phone booth entrance. The Little Branch and The Greenhouse are two new bars to go to as well. PK1 on the Lower East Side — which is very hard to get into — is really good too. Beauty & Ethics is another one that you must go to.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    Which five New York City restaurants are best for brunch?

    Here are my picks for the five best places for brunch in New York:
    1. Balthazar in SoHo.
    2. If you want to be across the street from Central Park by 59th and Fifth, which is right next to The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, you can go into Mickey Mantle’s or Sarabeth’s.
    3. Way down in the Meatpacking District, Pastis is very good because they have outside seating.
    4. If you’re in Tribeca, you can go to Bubby’s, which is very family-oriented. And very famous.
    5. I would also recommend The River Café in Brooklyn to enjoy a view of the bridge. 
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    What are the best luxury hotels in New York City?

    I would say that it all depends on your taste and if you’re hip and young. I would start by Midtown. I would try to stay at The Mark Hotel, The Plaza or The St. Regis New York hotel. But if I’m downtown and I like the new and hip areas, I’d say The Crosby Street Hotel — or if I’m in Tribeca, The Greenwich Hotel. In the Meatpacking District, I would definitely stay at The Standard Hotel or the Soho House, and if you are in the Lower East Side, stay at The Bowery Hotel.
  • On July 8, 2012
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    Where is the best New York City shopping?

    I would say there are four different shopping streets in New York. You have your Madison Avenue boutiques, and you have your Fifth Avenue big department stores. We also have the Meatpacking District stores, which is all Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Scoop, etc. Also, you have your West Village boutiques on Bleecker Street. You can’t forget SoHo either, which has all of your Madison Avenue boutiques on Spring, Prince and Broadway. There’s a different flavor for everybody.
  • On July 8, 2012
    Larry Echaverry answered the question: Larry Echaverry

    When is the best time to visit New York City?

    The best time of year to visit New York City would have to be Christmastime. Once they light up the tree, it feels like the whole Christmas season begins. You can go window-shopping and you can enjoy all the boutiques and stores. They compete as to who’s the best — Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Tiffany’s, FAO Schwartz for the kids. That’s why I love the Christmas season.