In 1965, Pietro Tincati founded the first Tincati store in Milan, and in 2008, Tincati became its own brand featuring well-crafted apparel and accessories under Pietro’s son and the current owner, Antonio Tincati. The third generation, Roberto, has been getting a feel for the family business as well.
Tincati's initial launch in New York was in an impressive five-story townhouse on the Upper East Side in 2011. However, in 2014 they decided to relocate to their present, more intimate setting on 67th Street. Taking care of one or two clients at a time, they are now able to provide a personalized, quality experience to complement their unique, handmade garments.
When our photographer, Tom, walked through this menswear boutique with his camera, he could not help but stop between photos to caress some of the Italian-fabricated garments. The lovely, vibrant spring collection patterns, and a soft-to-the-touch, lightweight leather jacket enchanted him.
Later on, sales associate, Alex Argenti introduced me to the wind and water protection jacket, an elegant piece with great functionality and a signature high lapel. He then crumpled the hopsack blazer into a ball, unraveling it to show me its lack of wrinkles - the ultimate travel jacket. “These garments take about thirty or forty hours to make by hand,” he explained.
Tincati is also well known for their ties, which are handmade and folded seven-times over, reinvigorating rare conservative and classic traditions with modern and relevant style. Rumor has it that when Pietro Tincati did not approve of one’s tie, he would simply cut it off their neck, offering up a better one. “We have a very loyal group of customers,” Alex added, telling me they keep many of their clients’ measurements.
At one point, I noticed Manager Francesco Giglio discussing two people's lunch plans in a lovely Italian accent. Contented with purchase and service, the men were seen off with a warm handshake - an exchange not uncommon in this intimate boutique. A known and trusted brand with only this one store location in the States, Tincati is a side street gem unique to the market place.
An inviting gourmet deli for both to-go bites and sit-down fare, Cafe Fresco offers a salad bar, an omelet station, sandwich fixings, "legendary bagels," and many other options for all sorts of cravings. One of their featured dishes, the eggplant Milanese, is made with oven-roasted eggplants, pesto ricotta and fresh mozzarella. Open windows give each seat a full view of either First Avenue or St. Catherine's Park. When I stopped in with a fellow Sideways member on a brutally humid summer day, we watched the children swinging higher and higher outside at the park as we hid inside from the heat, refueled ourselves, and recharged our cell phones.
Tavern on the Green, a restaurant that opened in 1934, has not forgotten its origins as a home to the ewes and rams that grazed in Sheep Meadow. Images of sheep are everywhere - carved into the fireplace, decorating the menu, holding up the table in the lobby.In 2010, the building ceased to be a restaurant for a brief stint, serving instead as a visitor's center and gift shop. After being taken over by partners, Jim Caiola and David Salama, and a lengthy renovation, the Tavern made a culinary return with a rustic and seasonal menu. I have eaten here on a number of occasions since its debut in the spring of 2014, but strolling in and out of the various rooms with members of the Manhattan Sideways team was a whole different experience. None had ever been, and I was amused and pleased with their reactions to this iconic Central Park locale.The Tavern contains three main areas. In the front dining room, the vast space resembles a summer hunting lodge. A large, circular bar takes up the center with a rotating carousel of gilded horses above it, and mammoth roof beams run along the ceiling like an old mead hall. Separated from the outdoors by a large glass wall, the second dining area is far more modern with creams, ivories and a collection of glass chandeliers. And though it was a hot day, a few brave souls ate outside in the exterior dining space, under umbrellas and large, mid-century street-lamps.The other side of the building features a beer garden with its own menu of simple bar fare. Finally, for the thousands of people who jog, bike or are simply wandering in the park, there is now a delightful little take-away window called "Green-to-Go." It offers both a breakfast and lunch menu, and tables to sit down, relax and enjoy either a cup of coffee, a bowl of oatmeal, or a variety of wraps and salads in the afternoon. If nothing else, it is a terrific spot to watch both tourists and New Yorkers passing by.
Delle Celle features many respected brands of Italian-fabricated women's clothing, as well as its own line of garments. The pieces are full of color and pattern, with an abundance of styles - there are very few repeats. Walking in, one is greeted by a friendly salesperson, happy to answer any questions. Face-to-face shopping is a vital component of this business, void of an online site. And the integrity and authenticity of the pieces certainly warrants this tactile form of transaction.
"You are now in Bedford Falls," a sign read in this 67th Street bar, named after a location referenced in the classic movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." With a bounty of liquor, an arcade golf game, and sports on all the televisions, this bar is the ultimate man cave. A food menu is also offered, including the ever-popular Bedford burger and a nice brunch assortment for the weekend. When I ventured in on a Wednesday night, men in good spirits, many of whom were regulars, occupied the main bar. A more private room featured cushy leather for quieter comfort, and the backroom was complete with high-legged seating and a wooden-booth. Tables appeared to be repurposed beer boxes, and the place was otherwise furnished with whiskey barrels, brick walls, and light alternative music. And through an intriguing walkway, I found myself in the splendid beer garden.