New York Insiders Reveal their Favorite Places – Part 3: Megan Marsanico-Byrne

Megan Marsanico-Byrne, Director Global PR von Nars Cosmetics

Her temperament owes she her Italian, Irish and German roots. Megan was born in Denver, Colorado and lived in Toronto, Canada briefly before the family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was three. She has been with cosmetics brand Nars for 2.5 years and in her current role as Director, Global Public Relations for over a year. That‘s why Megan nows the city better than her purse. No wonder in there is always at least one product of Nars.

C&C: What is your favourite place for dining out?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: I’m currently loving Le CouCou. We celebrated my fiancé’s birthday there and it was absolutely divine. I highly recommend getting there early and having a drink at their bar, which feels more like someone’s chic living room.

C&C: Where are served the best drinks?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne:I used to spend a lot of time in Tribeca, and you can always get a great cocktail at Weather Up. I love the long copper bar. The views at Westlight at the William Vale hotel can’t be beat.

C&C: Where do you like to go shopping?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: If high-end consignment is your thing, I highly recommend visiting Consignment Brooklyn  in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn or their pop-up store on Orchard Street. I’ve never left this place without finding something fabulous. I often check their Instagram (@consignmentbrooklyn) to see what new goodies they have in stock. If you’re in the market for bespoke garments, I love Michael Andrews. It’s technically for menswear, but they can really do anything. It’s tucked behind a gated alleyway in the middle of Great Jones Street.

C&C: Where do you buy your cosmetics?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: Even before I worked at Nars, I loved the brand. I used to sneak into my sister’s room before high school to use her Nars eyeshadows. Visiting the boutique at the 413 Bleecker Street is a must. It’s in the heart of the West Village and is warm and welcoming not to mention the Artists are incredibly talented. I discovered my all-time favorite lip there which is Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but more recently I’m loving Annabella Audacious Lipstick.

C&C: Which beauty addresses you can recommend otherwise?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: If you’re in the mood to splurge, I love La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa for a massage.  For facials, my go-to is Tami Lesser at Modrn Sanctuary. A friend recommended her to me and I’ve never looked back. Having a skilled Dermatologist is key, and one that you trust is priceless. I was introduced to Dr. Cybele Fishman to help calm my skin before my wedding and she has worked wonders.

C&C: Where would you go for a long weekend?
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: I might be biased because I’m getting married here, but Charleston, South Carolina is my favorite for a long weekend. It’s a short flight from New York and is a “foodie’s” paradise. There are so many different types of cuisine and they’re all delicious. Unless you’re eating ten meals a day, you’re going to have to plan several trips down there to get a true sampling of the best of Charleston. My idea of a perfect weekend in Charleston would include: checking in at The Dewberry Hotel (or The Spectator), a breakfast or brunch at Butcher & Bee, walking along Rainbow Row or King Street stopping into various small boutiques, and a cocktail at The Belmont before dinner at Chez Nous (or Zero Restaurant at the Zero George Hotel).

C&C: Don’t miss in New York…
Megan Marsanico-Byrne: Any of the art galleries or museums. The rotating collections are breathtaking and inspirational. Also, don’t be afraid to get lost walking around downtown. I always discover a new store, bar or restaurant while wandering around in the West Village.

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