Who knew New York Fashion Week was synonymous with great New York food? We did. The editors and buyers and models who travel the world in the pursuit of beauty are a discerning bunch if ever there were one—and it doesn’t hurt to have the expense account to comp all those extravagant between-show power meals. This NYFW, which kicks off February 8 and runs through February 16, you can bet that the city’s hot spots will be even hotter than usual. Here’s where to eat.
Chef and restaurateur John Fraser’s West Village brasserie is his (decidedly upscale) take on the classic American tavern. Fraser, who’s earned Michelin stars for his restaurants Nix and Dovetail, does not disappoint with The Loyal, his latest effort. The food is at once hearty and delicate—an ideal place for dinner after a day spent running around town.
289 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
We recommend King for any occasion, be it Fashion Week or a Friday with friends. (You can read more about the young women behind it our interview with them here.) The space is clean and sparse, with a kind of modern femininity befitting the occasion. As for the menu, which changes every day, chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer keep it simple and fuss-free.
18 King St, New York, NY 10014
Dante is the kind of intimate, casual spots you’ll feel right at home in. (It’s spent the better part of a century wearing itself in—the cozy feeling is real and well-honed.) The food here is light and delicious, and it’s been heralded as one of the world’s best bars. Dante is the perfect place to grab an afternoon bev and a snack to tide you over before dinner.
79-81 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
There’s NYFW in September, and there’s NYFW in February. While the former lends itself to alfresco evenings and spritzes had on sidewalk patios, the latter sends the fashion week crowd into cozier dens—no windows required. Tijuana Picnic is one such place. The Lower East Side restaurant serves up Mexican fare in an environment well-suited to large groups. Oh, and don’t skip the esquites—or the mezcal.
151 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Nickel & Diner
Nickel & Diner, located smack in between SIXTY LES and SIXTY SoHo, has basically reinvented the greasy spoon. Their elegant, well-lit space has traded linoleum floors for monochrome mosaics, vinyl booths for seafoam banquets. The food also gets an upgrade. Scrambles here are perfectly moist, not diner dry, and matcha drinks make a cameo. How modern.
1 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
The shape of West Village restaurant Don Angie—an asymmetrical room flanked with bench seating—makes it the perfect place to see and be seen. So you can come here to do that, or you can come here to actually eat, because the food here is great. Don Angie, run by husband-and-wife duo Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, offer a menu that pairs Italian classics with unexpected inventions.
103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Photo courtesy of Brunel Johnson