New York Fashion Week is considered the Super Bowl for the super stylish. Morning to night — and sometimes throughout the night — New York City's best dressed hit the streets in their best outfits to get the inside scoop on the latest trends. It doesn’t stop with fashion, though. New York City’s food scene gets its share of the spotlight this week, too.
From the picture perfect razor clams at Charlie Bird and pork belly buns at Momofuku Ko, everyone has their favorites — no matter if you’re a model, celebrity, chef, or food enthusiast.
Ready to dine with the fashion elite? Here are the best places to do it.
With celebrity fans that include: Derek Jeter, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Amy Schumer, the brand new Ascent Lounge on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center has just re-opened after a million-dollar renovation. Enjoy stunning views of iconic Central Park and Columbus Circle, while you sip cocktails from its inventive cocktail list paired with an innovative menu of global cuisine. Think miso lobster rolls and truffled grilled cheese. Eat, drink, and merrily people watch.
Jams At 1 Hotel Central Park
Helmed by James Beard award-winning, chef Jonathan Waxman, Jams offers local and seasonal cuisine showcasing market-fresh and organic ingredients in all dishes. With exposed white brick and mechanicals in the ceiling, plus its natural light, celebs such as Jessica Alba, Leo DiCaprio, Jason Derulo, and George Clooney come here for the ambiance and stay for the cuisine and cocktails.
You will almost always see a celebrity, model, or influencer whenever you are at Miss Lily's. It's a great late night place with DJs spinning jams all night long, while servers can be seen dancing around the tables. They are definitely known for good vibes — from the reggae music, cool as can be staff, tropical and wild interiors, and of course delicious Caribbean cuisine.
Tarallucci e Vino
This group of authentic Italian restaurants and has been a beloved fixture in NYC since 2001. The group has locations throughout New York City and just opened a fifth location in NoMad — one of the city's most up-and-coming locations for emerging designers, artists, and foodies alike. Located on the ground floor of a new modern, all-glass luxury high-rise, the sleek new Tarallucci e Vino (with floor to ceiling windows, a chic interior design, and an open floor plan) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Embodying the ease of Italy's bar and cafe culture, this is a perfect spot for meetings, grabbing a quick Italian coffee or one of its house-made pastries in between shows.
The Liquor Cabinet At The Gregory Hotel
The Gregory is a 132-room boutique hotel conveniently steps away from many of the Fashion Week shows. Its lobby bar, The Liquor Cabinet, has become a hang-out for celebs and models during Fashion Week thanks to the hotel’s in-house Caravan Stylist Studio. The studio, located in its mezzanine, offers well-known actresses, models, and fashion editors beauty and style services throughout NYFW.
il Buco + il Buco Alimentari
Located in the heart of NoHo, il Buco + il Buco Alimentari are two of New York City's most beloved dining destinations known for their modern twists on classic dishes and housemade pastas, breads, and charcuterie. Both restaurants are also recognized for their robust wine programs. il Buco Alimentari is open for breakfast, including a full-service coffee bar, and both restaurants are open for lunch and dinner. The beautiful rustic interiors make the restaurants a destination for the neighborhood's creative community of artists and designers.
McCarren Hotel & Pool
An urban retreat located in the heart of Williamsburg, McCarren Hotel & Pool features one of the city’s largest outdoor hotel pools. The spacious Penthouse attracts celebrities looking to escape the hustle of Manhattan and has made fans out of celebrity heavy-weights that include: Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, and Ke$ha. The property’s rooftop—offering views of the city skyline—has become a place for fashionistas to unwind in Brooklyn after a busy day in Manhattan.
Chef Charlie Ayers of the Calafia Café will be spending the week at Momofuku Ko. "The melt in your mouth fat from the pork belly mingles nicely with the rooster sauce finished by the crisp and crunchy cucumbers enveloped in the soft fluffy steamed buns," he says. This restaurant will be a hard one to get into — the slim space is ideal for intimate parties of the fashion elite kind, so expect it to be reserved for them on bigger show nights.
David Burke's Fabrick
David Burke’s Fabrick restaurant is in the heart of the city’s garment district. It features a New York Fashion Week specialty dish: clothesline bacon — an extra thick-cut candied bacon, black pepper maple glaze, and pickled vegetables. For dessert, try the fancy chocolate hazelnut handbag: gianduja mousse, raspberry ganache, and vanilla bean ice cream.
Pizza-lovers will be flocking to this fashionable pizza hot spot. Danny Meyer’s Roman-style trattoria and pizzeria, Marta, is constantly flooded with the who’s who of the fashion world, and this week will be no different. Located in the Gramercy Park Hotel, it’s the perfect location for getting to and from shows and will be host to several after parties. So get there early, get your spot at the bar and stay put. Oh, and don’t forget to eat.
The latest from the Tao Group and superstar chef Chris Santos, Vandal is an LES hot spot for the trendy, stylish, modern set. The LES eatery will no doubt be home to many a Fashion Week after-party. With over 22,000 square feet to party in and a menu that includes fancied-up street food, it's the go-to for when models and their entourage want to let loose.
Stars — and fashion week favorites — Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Olivia Palermo, designer Valentino, and more all parked it at Sant Ambroeus SoHo last year for Fashion Week. Things aren't expected to change this season. It’s perfect for a cup of coffee in the morning and even better for a flute of champagne late night.
The Spotted Pig
A tried-and-true for celebs of New York City, The Spotted Pig is a favorite for front rowers. Kanye West is a fan, so you know it’s good. Its proximity to all the major studios like Industria Superstudio and MILK make it an easy choice for designers, models, editors and more.
Additional reporting by Chelsea Davis.
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