Danny Meyer’s Maialino embodies the essence of an Italian neighborhood trattoria, complete with checkered tablecloths, to-go coffee in the morning, late-night walk-in dining, and weekend brunches. And since it’s situated in the Gramercy Park Hotel — a swanky spot just down the street from most of the NYFW venues — it’s a favorite among models and other fashion folks.
Besides the restaurant’s signature maialino al forno (roasted suckling pig), dishes to try include antipasti like carciofini (fried artichokes and lemon) and trippa alla trasteverina (spicy tripe and pecorino); primi like farfalle with shrimp, zucchini pesto, and jalapeño, and garganelli (braised duck, tomato, and olives); entrées like pesce alla piastra (seared swordfish, octopus, fregola, and peperoncino) and pollo alla diavola (half chicken, black pepper, and pickled chiles). To draw in a late-night crowd, Maialino offers nightly pizza specials that begin at 9 p.m. Looking for a post-dinner spot nearby? The hotel also houses the popular Rose Bar, where numerous NYFW after-parties will no doubt take place.