I've been in the same quest, and have been doing a good deal of research on this topic. The best choice does seem to be a tailor named Raphael Raphaelli, who has a shop on Madison Ave. Do a search on Kai's experience with Raphael, I think he said it is the best suit he's ever worn, and MArc39 has written extensively about Raphael on Ask Andy. I met Raphael for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and everything checks out--I purposely did not make an appt so as to catch him in action, and sure enough he was in the workshop cutting 2 patterns for other customers, and in the other room his tailors were making the suits. This is a major rarity these days because 99% of tailors, even the well-regarded Darren Beaman in London, have the stuff actually made outside their shops by outside tailors. I do like the fact that Raphael has the added quality control of personally overseeing the garments made. Anyway, I'll have to save up for the $3,000 price of his suits, but good things are worth waiting for.