Hilary Knight Around Town

Vanity Fair November 2009

The illustrious illustrator of Eloise has lived in Manhattan since 1932, which means that he has dined out approximately 28,000 times in his lifetime. That kind of experience teaches you a thing or two about eating and drinking establishments, so join Hilary Knight on a virtual walking tour of six New York classics.

Café des Artistes

This opulent French café opened in 1917 inside the Hotel des Artistes, on 67th Street and Central Park West. Seventeen years later, Howard Chandler Christy, an artist who lived upstairs, bought the restaurant and decorated its walls with nymphs, who frolicked unclad among the diners until this past August, when Café des Artistes ended its long and glorious run.