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And the Concierge Choice Awards Nominees Are...

Several New York favorites -- and some surprising attractions -- have been named nominees for this year's first annual Concierge Choice Awards for their extraordinary service to the concierge community in the past year, and for providing exceptional experiences to New York visitors.

The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) have announced the nominees from twelve categories, selected by members of the NYCAHC and its Executive Board. Winners will be announced at the Concierge Choice Awards Dinner, hosted by City Guide Magazine, on Monday, September 17th at 6 p.m. at Tavern on the Green. Mary Murphy, the Emmy Award-winning weekend anchor of CW11 News at Ten, will emcee the evening’s festivities. The NYCAHC and City Guide Magazine, a division of Davler Media Group, have partnered to present the awards ceremony.

Categories and nominees include the following:

ATTRACTION: Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium, New York City Parks, The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island

CULTURAL INSTITUTION: Lincoln Center, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New-York Historical Society, Whitney Museum of American Art

INDIVIDUAL: RESERVATIONIST: Phillip Bufalo (21 Club), Jenny Cheng (Maloney & Porcelli), Caroline Marshall (Babbo), Christine McNamara (Del Posto), Bagta Seddik (Bice)

INDIVIDUAL: MAITRE D’ OR MANAGER: Felix Albano (Del Frisco’s Steakhouse), Sante Calandri (Bice), Eddie Costner (Lattanzi), Armel Gren (La Grenouille), Ted Oehmke (formerly of Megu Midtown), Kathy Greene (River Café/Water Club)

RESTAURANT
Crowd-Pleaser Dining: Katz’s Delicatessen, P.J. Clarke’s, Tony’s DiNapoli, Mars 2112, Dave & Buster’s

Pre-Theatre Dining: Chez Josephine, Kellari Taverna, Palm West, Patsy’s, B.R. Guest Restaurants (Ruby Foo’s)

Smart/Casual Dining: Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Papillon, Sofrito, Tavern on the Green

Elegant Dining: Le Bernardin, La Grenouille, Mr. K’s, Russian Tea Room, San Domenico

RETAIL
Department Store: Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Century 21, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue

Specialty Store: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Faconnable, J&R Music and Computer World, M&M'S World New York, NBA Store, Toys"R"Us Times Square

TOURS: Circle Line 42nd Street, NY Waterway, New York Party Shuttle, Gray Line Sightseeing, Liberty Helicopter Tours

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE: Airlink, Golden Touch Limousine, AirTrain, New York Water Taxi, SuperShuttle

The Concierge Choice Awards recognize the best of New York from the professionals who know the best of New York in any given category. Whether its visitors on vacation or business executives, each group has discerning tastes and needs, and often relies on the concierge for information on the city’s best dining, shopping, sights, nightlife, and entertainment and recreation destinations. In 2006, New York City hosted 44 million visitors, and spending has been rising steadily and is set to reach $24 billion by year’s end.

A listing of nominees will be posted on cityguideny.com and nycahc.org. A portion of the proceeds from the Concierge Choice Awards will benefit the Les Clefs d’Or Foundation and the NYCAHC Crisis Fund. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact David Miller at Davler Media Group, 212-315-0800, or dmiller@davlermedia.com.

The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering networking and continued mentoring to its members. The group is comprised of 150 concierges representing 50 hotels and over 25,000 hotel rooms.

Les Clefs d’Or Foundation is a non-profit organization founded to provide financial support and in-kind donations of goods and services to concierges and/or their significant others affected by catastrophic or life-threatening illnesses. The Foundation is a joint effort of the professional hotel concierge organizations of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

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