New York Fashion Week starts tomorrow, and while the front rows and the streets surrounding them are the best places to catch top notch street style during the day, the after parties and industry dinners are likely where you'll catch the best dressed clocking in perfectly styled after-hours looks at some of the city's best restaurants. From newly opened hotspots to New York staples, here are the best places to dine, decompress, see and be seen during NYFW.
What: Situated in the Beekman Hotel amongst h velvet couches, gilded chandeliers and a fireplace, this cozy spot is the perfect place to kick up your heels and sip on a glass of Pinot Noir after a tireless day of shows.
Where: 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038, (212) 658-1848 (right in the heart of the Financial District and an easy commute to any downtown spot).
Why: With a chic, Victorian atmosphere and fanciful takes on classic dishes, it's the perfect place to enjoy everything from a light snack to a full meal.
What to Order: The ricotta tart with prosciutto, pickled figs, pistachios and thyme is a no-brainer.
What: The LA favorite has finally made its way to the east coast, and should definitely be on your NYFW eats shortlist.
Where: 33 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, (347) 705-8100 (close enough to Moynihan Station and well worth the pop over to the East side).
Why: Serving only traditional sushi that focuses on the most pure and basic ingredients, there's a reason the sushi spot has hit such a high note across the country.
What to Order: Pop in for lunch in between shows and test your palette on the tuna sashimi or blue crab hand roll.
What: Located in Soho's Ludlow House, this retractable rooftop garden is a fresh take on asian cuisine serving vegetarian dishes with flair and of course, delectable crispy duck.
Where: 139 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, (646) 253-6100 (close enough to Skylight Clarkson Square).
Why: With windows, light-paneled wood ceilings and lots of greenery, this is the perfect place to escape from fashion week madness.
What to Order: Their rift on fried rice with spicy kimchi, mushrooms, bok choy, tamari, and cilantro is an absolute hit, and pairs perfectly with the crispy or peking duck.
What: Refined French fare in a super-chic setting.
Where: 11 Howard Hotel, 138 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013; (212) 271-4252 (close enough to Skylight Clarkson Square).
Why: Because martinis, champagne and well-conceived dishes from superstar chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris are best enjoyed in the chicest of settings, designed by Roman and Williams. One step into this perfectly decorated hotel restaurant and you're bound to spot designers celebrating with their teams, models galore and in-the-know New York diners.
What to Order: Fleurs de courgettes farcies: lobster stuffed squash blossoms with yogurt, mint, dill and cucumber.
What: Italian dishes inspired by the light and airy Amalfi region that are fresher, lighter and more refreshing than you'd expect.
Where: 820 Washington St, New York, NY 10014;(212) 254-3000 (near Milk Studios).
Why: Those stopping by for a drink, appetizers at the bar or a full meal will be equally pleased with what this hotspot has on offer, and it's proximity to The Standard Highline, Soho House and The Jane hotels make it an easy trek for any editor, model, designer or buyer whose in from out of town.
What to Order: Squash Carpaccio in honey agrodolce, Branzino Crudo with chili oil and the house special, Cecina, or chickpea pancakes, topped with Avocado Trapanese.
What: All-American classics.
Where: 1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022; (212) 207-8562 (near the Plaza Hotel, host to the annual BAZAAR Icons Party).
Why: Because you're on the hunt for a quintessential New York meal–and nobody does it like Ralph Lauren.
What to Order: Classics like shrimp cocktail and the Polo Burger. Wash it down with a dirty martini or a bold glass of red wine.
What: Rustic Italian small plates that are ideal for sharing and good conversation.
Where: 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014; (212) 255-1962 (close enough to Milk Studios and Skylight Clarkson Square).
Why: Because you want a more casual place to gossip about the new collections, model sightings and the best in street style, but don't want to sacrifice on food quality.
What to Order: Trust us when we tell you–everything here is delicious. For those who love a good burger or a beef tartare, try the hamburger tartare (you can thank us later). Vegetable share plates abound here, try the carrots and the artichokes. And wine, lots of wine.
What: Refined Italian cooking in an industrial environment.
Where: 775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014; (212) 924-9700 (near Milk Studios and right next door to Industria Studios)
Why: Because Chef Jonathan Waxman will never steer you wrong, the food is delicious and this hotspot has been a fashion industry favorite for seasons.
What to Order: The kale salad, the goat (yes, the goat–trust) or any of the homemade pastas on the menu.
What: Authentic and unbelievably delicious Japanese food in an incredibly modern atmosphere.
Where: 435 Hudson Street (at Leroy) New York, NY 10014, 212-647-9196 (near Skylight Clarkson Square).
Why: Because this foodie hub is a favorite of Naeem Khan, Martha Stewart and more–for good reason.
What to Order: Anything with tofu–it's made in-house, six times a night for ultimate freshness.
What: A relaxed yet polished menu peppered with nostalgic bites like scotch olives and lasagna–served in an uber-elegant setting.
Where: 1170 Broadway at 28th Street, New York, NY 10001, 212-796-1500 (close enough to Moynihan Station and well worth the short commute).
Why: Because you'll have two choices for dinner–the refined Parlour restaurant and the more laid-back Nomad Bar. Both are equally delicious, and you'll need somewhere incredibly chic to sport your fashion week look. Also, after a long day, you deserve a high-end take on comfort food.
What to Order: At the Bar: The Nomad Burger is divine and the scotch olives are addictive. You should order dessert–ask for the Cookies and Cream, where quenelles of ice cream are encapsulated in an Oreo cookie shell. At the restaurant: The tomato salad with peaches and ricotta salata is fresh and light, while the whole roasted chicken for two accompanied with foie gras and black truffle is an undoubtedly decadent way to cap off the night.