New York City Eats for Fashion Week
Most of the year, I tend to be a loyalist. Frequenting, as if they were an extension of my own home, my favorite eateries and haunts. Yet, the moment gates open on New York Fashion Week and its off to the races, I find myself open to and searching for new places.
I may be a rebel, but I’m not inspired to fast in honor of New York Fashion Week!
Moons ago, when I was modeling for magazines and television, I used to commiserate with the waifs on parade during NYFW. Since I’ve been released from that alien bondage, I enjoy the human delights of cafes and cuisine. Here is a list of soon-to-be favorite restaurants, bars and points of respite for your hit list during fashion week (or any other).
To run into possibly everyone you know, the first stop is Public Kitchen.
You could probably just hang out in the Public Hotel’s lobby, on the roof, or just near the entrance for the best people watching. It’s no surprise since it is owned by Ian Schrager, well-known as a pioneer of luxury and boutique hotels and for his well-chronicled colonization of super models. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen is definitely the way for those hungry with woke tastebuds to go. If you get yourself a table outside, then you can enjoy both cuisine and view.
If you follow NYFW, then you will inevitably find yourself near Skylight or Spring Studios.
This area, a former no man's land south of Houston, north of Canal and west of Sixth Avenue, is now allegedly known as Hudson Square. A great place to kill some time between shows there is Chalait. They offer tea-based concoctions and turmeric-infused golden chai lattes in addition to healthy Asian inspired fare.
When in Chelsea, the Made Hotel is a must.
A gorgeous new hotel on West 29th Street, thanks to L.A.-based interior firm Studio MAI who used custom-dyed fabrics, hand-painted wall tiles, brass light fixtures, and lots of solid walnut to create a cozy yet modern aesthetic. The Made Hotel is one of my very favorite places, a design inspired beauty to behold. You will find it hosts several dining options, like: a communal coffee shop centered around a large ‘kitchen table’ concept, a lobby bar with intimate seating nooks, a rooftop bar named Good Behavior, and a restaurant by chef Greg Proechel, formerly of the fashion set’s favorite restaurant, Le Turtle. So, basically, it has a venue for every occasion.
NoMad is another good place to take a break without breaking from the scene.
You could do the Ace Hotel lobby or, for a real escape, Mark Barak's restaurant, La Pecora Bianca. It looks like a really pretty Italian farmhouse—white marble, minty green chairs, terra-cotta pottery. The dishes served are fresh, like house-made spaghetti with pomodoro sauce, and the cocktail menu offers delightful spritzes and negronis if you feel like indulge in a little midday aperitif.
Last but by no means the least, make a reservation for Tokyo Record Bar.
In a 16-seat basement, Izakaya on Macdougal Street has just two seven-course seatings each night. The dining is divine, paired with a curated playlist of vinyl chosen by guests. Before your seating, I recommend heading to the Air’s Champagne Parlor for a drink upstairs. Or just swing by after 11:00 pm, when a DJ has turned it into a cozy place to listen to music and drink sake.
Once the NYFW hustle is over, these are all excellent venues for a cocktail or meet-up with friends. As every New Yorker knows, Sunday brunch is a quintessential city ritual. It’s so well known that even the new New York-centric “it” perfumer, KIERIN NYC, has come out with a fragrance paying homage to this lifestyle. The fragrance is called, very appropriately (drum roll… ) Sunday Brunch, a real New York City story illuminated in fragrance.
So, before you head out to your next mimosa meet-up…
Check out the new New York fragrance, Sunday Brunch by KIERIN NYC, that has scent connoisseurs like Instagram’s @MrCologne, Scentertainer CubaKnows and the fragrance gurus of YouTube Brooklyn Fragrance Lover, ImagineScents, Tiff Benson talking up a storm!
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