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The Best Psychics in New York

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Since 1985, our annual “Best of New York” issue has named standout services, unique shops, and special spots in dozens of categories. Now that Curbed is part of New York’s family, we have reimagined “Best of New York” as an ever-expanding resource that could rival Yelp in usefulness but feels more like a secret Google doc that gets passed among friends. To find the places recommended on these lists, we polled hundreds of stylish and savvy New Yorkers and begged them to tell us their go-tos. The result: our own Yellow Pages, containing only excellent places. (While Curbed has not independently verified how accurate these psychics are, here are some others who have.)

For Years-Out Predictions

Dante Sabatino, Tarot by Dante, 364 W. 18th St.; tarotbydante.com

Over his 35 years as a psychic and tarot-card reader, Dante Sabatino has earned a reputation for his startling accuracy. “It’s truly shocking,” says one private wealth adviser. For Roxanne Ong, an executive at a beauty company, he has been able to predict events “as far as four years out.” Morgane Le Fay designer Liliana Casabal calls him “a true visionary.” And he is able to perform these detailed readings not only privately — in his Chelsea apartment or over Zoom (from $120 for 30 minutes) — but also at parties: Bulgari, Sephora, and Simon & Schuster have all hired him for private events.

For a No-Holds-Barred Tarot Reading

Dainichi Lazuli, instagam.com/dainichi_lazuli

Illustration: Jorge Colombo

Dainichi Lazuli reads tarot, heals with crystals, and advises on numerology and feng shui, operating (in normal times) out of the Chinatown Soup art gallery. (These days, you can book him through his Instagram; $35 per 15 minutes.) A key to his popularity seems to be not only what he communicates but how. “He shares what he sees via the cards with such grace” says jewelry designer Anna Sheffield. Which doesn’t preclude him from giving direct advice. Danielle Prescod, writer and co-founder of the diversity consulting agency 2BG, says that “he’s told me to dump basically every guy since I started seeing him — and he was right about every single one of them.”

For Chakra Balancing With Body Treatments

Tracey Byer, 32 Union Sq. E., Ste. 415; traceybyer.com

At the beginning of Tracey Byer’s sessions, “she’ll ask if she can see your tongue,” says client Yana Volfson, the beverage director at Cosme and Atla. (“The tongue is a canvas of what’s going on in your mind and body,” Volfson says.) Byer’s healing methods are less about making predictions than about balancing chakras, which she does not only by talking her clients through the issues on their mind but also by giving them body treatments, as she is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and aesthetician with an office in Gramercy. (You don’t have to go in to see her with a particular treatment in mind, says Volfson; the decision can be made based on how you’re feeling in your body at that moment.) “I don’t need to know my future. I’m not one of those people,” says Byer’s client Wendy Credle, an entertainment attorney and TV producer. Rather, Byer has helped her address what’s going on in the here and now: “She clued me in on where I was self-sabotaging and blocking,” Credle says. She can incorporate microneedling, aromatherapy, and cupping into her sessions, too (from $108 per hour).

For a Palm Reading by a Psychotherapist

Ellen Goldberg, 11 Cornelia St.; schooloforacles.com

Illustration: Jorge Colombo

A psychic who’s also a trained psychotherapist? It’s no wonder Ellen Goldberg is popular among powerful New Yorkers, like Paulette Cole, the CEO of ABC Carpet & Home. In each session, clothing historian Kate Sekules says, Goldberg “listens very closely, and reads everything — palms, cards, stars — for a true and deep view of you.” The Cornelia Street apartment where you can visit her again post-pandemic happens to be beautiful, in the back of a bright landmark building. (For now, she’s doing video sessions, starting at $300.)

For Spacial Cleansing

Elana Kilkenny, 50 Morningside Dr.; elanakilkenny.com

Pre-pandemic, you could plop down on Elana Kilkenny’s couch in Morningside Heights, where she’d offer you a cup of tea and intuit obstacles and patterns holding you back. “She isn’t a prescriptive, ‘Do this, don’t do that’ psychic,” says Yuka Hagiwara, co-founder of Olo Acupuncture. “She can zone in on exactly what needs to be dealt with,”—and from there, “with great sensitivity,” help you navigate it.  “She sensed that I was emotionally and energetically exhausted and warned me against being ‘nice’ to everyone,” says Cass Alcide, co-host of the Scam City podcast. (Kilkenny is currently seeing clients virtually; intuitive counseling sessions start at $250.) Kilkenny also happens to be a “sacred space designer,” relying on years of training in interior design and feng shui to help clients transform the energy of their space. (This can entail anything from discussing memories different paint colors evoke to helping you figure out that it’s time to let go of inherited furniture you’re not actually fond of.)

*Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Elana Kilkenny provides medium services and erroneously attributed a quote to Rachel Paige Goldstein. It has been updated to more accurately convey the services Kilkenny provides.

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