New York Fashion Week is undoubtedly about what happens on the runways, but of equal import are the goings-ons at local restaurants, where editors, buyers, and fashion industry insiders catch up between shows, parties, and presentations. Whether you’re of this particular world or outside of it, these restaurants are the perfect place for sightings, gossip, and–oh, yes–food.
When Jonathan Waxman opened Barbuto in 2004, the far western stretches of the West Village was exceedingly different. The same could be said for the New York City culinary scene. Nearly 15 years later, the Italian restaurant, with its walls of garage-style windows and exposed ductwork, feels almost like a post-’90s, Carrie Bradshaw-worthy throwback. But far from having lost its shine, Barbuto remains a staple–especially during NYFW. Its location next to Industria Studios makes it the perfect place to power lunch or people-watch.
775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Frankies 570 Spuntino
Also near Industria Studios, Frankies 570 Spuntino holds court as a perennial (and unpretentious) West Village favorite. Tuscan classics are perfectly prepared–never too heavy and always without fuss. It’s a down-to-earth choice for an easy New York Fashion week lunch.
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
For an ideal Fashion Week morning routine, SIXTY recommends you wake up, get dressed, and head straight to Sant Ambroeus‘s SoHo location. If you’re early enough, you can grab a seat on the sidewalk patio to enjoy the last few weeks of summer weather and plot the day. If you’re in a rush, just get a freshly made brioche and an double espresso. Milan is up right after London–might as well get in the swing of things.
265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA
The words “Eat Pretty” glow in pink neon on a wall of Broken Coconut–an apt phrase considering the topic at hand. This light and bright restaurant tends to attract models and the otherwise body conscious with their casual “beach-to-bowl” cuisine. Come here for a quick, healthy snack between shows or simply to ogle the beautiful things on the plate, and in the chairs.
15 E 4th St, New York, NY 10012
Via Carota is a must, Fashion Week or otherwise. This Italian institution comes courtesy of seasoned chefs Jody Williams (of the beloved Buvette) and Rita Sodi (of the well-regarded I Sodi). Together, they have built one of the most reliably delicious restaurants in the city–a fact that certainly has not gone unnoticed. Lines here are notoriously long, and there are no reservations. We suggest coming here before the evening’s fashion festivities and grabbing a drink and a snack at the bar.
51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
Le Coucou is stunning. It’s also a great restaurant. Chef Daniel Rose, who made a name for himself at La Bourse et La Vie in Paris, creates food worthy of one of New York City’s prettiest dining rooms. His menu landed Le Coucou on the World’s 50 Best List earlier this year, and features classic French fare that errs on the side of decadent. Order the Catalan-style pigeon or, conspire with a friend and split the grilled duckling with foie gras and figs.
138 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Photo courtesy of Vonecia Carswell