It’s here again. New York Fashion Week. With the beautiful and well-heeled having arrived from all over the globe, the next seven-odd days offer the perfect opportunity for people-watching, peacocking, or a little bit of both. All this strutting around can work up an appetite, surely. And so, in the interest of keeping you sated during this most fashionable season, we’ve selected some of the best places to fuel up this week.
Le Coucou is a showstopper, which makes it perfectly suited for a week that demands only the best. Chef Daniel Rose turns out classic French dishes in a dramatic space that would make you forgive even the worst food. Which, thankfully, isn’t the case here. Start dinner off with the crab and buckwheat crêpe and, if you’re feeling absolutely ravenous, get the chevreuil grillé et salades amères. That’s grilled venison and winter greens, for those who haven’t buffed up on their French.
138 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
At Claudette, newly appointed chef Ari Bokovza delivers a French-Mediterranean menu with North African flare. The bright and airy space lends itself to lunch, where you can nibble on salads and cheese, or dig into more filling entree options.
24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
La Pecora Bianca
Another charming lunch option is La Pecora Bianca. The farmhouse-esque restaurant, courtesy of restaurateur Mark Barak, serves up market-driven Italian cuisine from two locations–one in midtown and one in the NoMad district.. Come here for a quick bite, like toast and a triple shot of espresso.
1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010
The Polo Bar
In the spirit of a week showcasing American designers, why not head to one of the most quintessentially American-feeling restaurants in the city, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar. (Think less apple pie and checkered tablecloths, more horse portraits and hamburgers.) Disappear into one of their leather booths–and secretly hope someone notices. They always do.
1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
Its location is unexpected, which is part of why we like this new Keith McNally bistro so much. With all the honey-colored lighting and half-circle banquets you’ve come to expect from the McNally brand, Augustine feels less like it’s on the outer perimeter of the Financial District than it does in some Parisian arrondissement. The food hits the usual McNally notes: European, unfussy. Start your day off here in the morning, scrolling the ‘gram for photos from yesterday’s show over an omelette jardinière.
5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038
Part of the Major Food Group empire (read: everything they touch turns to yum), Carbone is a red-sauce Italian joint that feels about as old-school New York as it gets. The food is hearty, carby, and definitely not runway ready. Leave the body-con thing to the models this week. It is winter, after all, and “beach ready” is not something we should bother thinking about yet. So, in the name of delicious, order yourself the tortellini al ragu.
181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
If you are, however, of a veggie-favoring mindset and don’t want to compromise, abcV is your absolute best bet. Jean-Georges’s vegan spot is one of our favorite new-ish restaurants. The space is unique and the food is divine. That roasted cauliflower you’ve heard so much about? It’s worthy of all the hype and then some.
38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
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