Quest was founded in 1986 by Heather Cohane as a real estate magazine for "Manhattan Properties & Country Estates". In 1995, Meigher Communications, which already owned Family Health, Garden Design, and Saveur purchased Quest. Today, Quest Media publishes Quest, Quest Greenwich Polo, and the quarterly fashion magazine Q.
Quest's target audience includes both first and second generation readers, those who helped launch the magazine, and those who grew up on it. The magazine showcases New York's most elegant charities, parties, and families, both past and present. Each edition is themed, including the "The 400", "Arts and Culture", "Fall Fashion", and "Holiday" issues. The magazine also publishes David Patrick Columbia's "New York Social Diary", a monthly chronicle of society circuit parties. Contributors have included Dominick Dunne, David Halberstam, Liz Smith, Taki Theodoracopulos, Michael Thomas, and photographers Slim Aarons and Harry Benson.