In the heartbeat of the city that never sleeps, explore the epitome of luxury living with Compass agent Nick Gavin as your pilot. In this exclusive Q&A, we delve into the realm of New York City's most sought-after destinations, extracting insights and recommendations from one of the city's most distinguished real estate professionals. Uncover an insider's perspective on the hidden gems and iconic neighborhoods that define luxury living in the Big Apple.


Your private charter to New York City is now boarding. Join us on this exploration of the timeless allure that makes NYC a premier destination for discerning jet-setters.


After visiting one of your luxury listings in downtown Manhattan, which nearby restaurant would you advise your client to go for an unforgettable meal?

I have an incredible townhouse at 45 Canal Street, right in Dimes Square, and the new Nine Orchard Hotel is on the corner. My friend and client, Ignacio Mattos, recently opened his restaurant Corner Bar in the hotel. It's fantastic. And in the same building, which used to be the Jarmulowsky Bank, is his bar Swan Room. Vaulted ceilings, amazing wine and cocktail list - but no pictures allowed, so you have to see it for yourself.

What are the most distinctive experiences or luxe hotspots you would recommend to immerse oneself in the vibrant lifestyle and culture of NYC?

I've really been appreciating the transformation of Rockefeller Center from just a tourist and media spot to a real food and culture hub. A great example is Pebble Bar, founded by my friend Matt Kliegman. It's in a restored 1870s townhouse, with interiors by Gachot Studios, and has a real classic New York feel.


What inspires you most about selling luxury real estate in New York?

I find inspiration in the architecture of NYC. I've lived here my whole life and I'm always finding something new - a firehouse, a clock tower, a detail, a history.

Where do you find moments of rejuvenation after a day of work in the city ? What activities or escapes do you personally rely on to unwind and refocus?

There's been a great movement toward wellness across New York City, and especially in the luxury sector. Cold plunges, cryotherapy, infrared saunas, meditation, alternative healing - these are all becoming commonplace. However, my go-to is still the Russian Turkish bathhouse in the East Village. I've been going since I was 18 years old. It has no frills, but there's a reason it's been around forever.


Is there a particular location, an event, a location, an activity that truly embodies luxury living in NYC?

The Aman Hotel is the epitome of luxury in NYC. It's an incomparable experience.


Where would you say is the most exclusive locale in the city to see and be seen?

Zero Bond, a private social club in NoHo, owned by my friend (and former boss) Scott Sartiano

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