Charlie Gasparino Recommends Putting Your Guests Up At The Waldorf, Where They Don't Get Pissy About Stealing The Little Bottles Of Shampoo And Conditioner

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Charlie Gasparino wears a lot of hats. Financial journalist. Former Golden Gloves hopeful. Son of an iron worker. Myoplex spokesman. First and foremost, though, he's a New Yorker. And not just any New Yorker, but one with a taste for the finer things in life. As such, he's better equipped that most to make restaurant, hotel, and shopping recommendations for anyone looking to impress their relatives in for a weekend in the big city. Chaz has a whole list of establishments, for every occasion (except for where to go if you're looking to make the panties drop, which he claims he hasn't done in years, and massages or similarly fruity-type shit).

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: San Pietro on 54th between Madison and Fifth. A very close second is Fresco by Scotto on 52nd between Madison and Park

BEST STEAKHOUSE: Sparks Steak House

BEST DESSERT: Sicilian cheesecake at Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffe in the East Village

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: I’m married; can’t remember the last time I had one of those

IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? The Waldorf Astoria because of the great service and great locale

BEST MASSAGE: Never get them

BEST SPA: Never been to one—I belong to gyms

FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: Fashion Week for no other reason than it gives me license to wear my Italian-cut suits that are too small on me.

FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTION: The Columbus Italian-American Club

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