As the city gears up for New York Fashion Week, which will be held February 3 through 12, editors, buyers, fashionistas, and other A-listers will be jetting around New York City catching lots of runway shows. Between appointments, the stylish Manhattan restaurants below are ideal hotspots for dining and unwinding with a handcrafted cocktail. Even if you’re not attending Fashion Week, be sure to visit these glam spots to people watch and catch all the fashion buzz.
Barking Irons Pop Up at Moxy East Village
Kick off New York Fashion week at Barking Irons’ exclusive Bob Dylan collection launch at Moxy East Village. The Barking Irons Pop-Up Launch at Moxy East Village will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7-10pm. Stop by for an evening of fashion, Rock ‘n’ Roll and cocktails provided by Barking Irons Spirits. The fun continues Feb. 7, from 11am – 5pm. Please email [email protected] with “BARKING IRONS” in the subject to RSVP to the launch event.
Bergamo’s—a cocktail lounge that recently opened in Midtown—offers cocktails and light bites in a chic, lively setting. It’s an ideal destination for unwinding during NYFW festivities. Browse Bergamo’s creative list of house cocktails, which are crafted by beverage director Anthony Merlino. Choose between the Devil in White (made with Manhattan Moonshine, Dolin Blanc, and chocolate bitters); Second Wedding (crafted with Fords Gin, Disaronno, green chartreuse, lemon, and egg white); or the Espresso Milkshake (made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Bailey’s, and espresso). Pair your libations with snacks and small plates, the charcuterie board, or craveable snacks such as the spicy BBQ popcorn and stuffed olives, which hail from award winning chef Tien Ho. 26 Vanderbilt Ave., bergamos.co
The vibrant Spanish tapas restaurant Boqueria brings shareable small plates, signature paellas, Spanish cheeses and charcuterie, and a rotating selection of seasonal dishes from executive chef Marc Vidal. A few favorites include gambas al ajillo, which is made with shrimp, garlic, brandy, and Guindilla pepper or the paella de mariscos, made with bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron, and salsa verde. Connect with your colleagues over a pitcher of sangria or a swanky seasonal cocktail such as the alcohol-free Winter Fix with Seedlip ‘Garden.” It’s made with winter citrus and chamomile. SoHo: 171 Spring St., 212-343-4255; Flatiron: 53 W 19th St. 212-255-4160, boqueriarestaurant.com
Bumu is the West Village’s recently opened izakaya-inspired restaurant, which is helmed by acclaimed chef Joaquin (Quino) Baca. Boasting an elevated yet playful menu of shareable small plates, Bumu is apropos for super stylish pre- or post-NYFW gatherings. The menu, which draws inspiration from Japanese and Southern American cuisine, entices with innovative dishes such as wok-fried pea leaves, crispy pig tails,and cast iron okonomiyaki. Guests can relax with a cold beer, wine, sake, or a cocktail such as the Symphony of Destruction, which is crafted with Rye, Sfumato, prune, Szechuan peppercorn, and apricot. Bumu just unveiled a late-night offering for night owls. Every Thursday through Saturday from 11pm to 1am, it offers late-night-only drink specials and noodle dishes. 61 West 8th St., 212-505-2610, bumunyc.com
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French bistro Dirty French is renowned for enlivening classic dishes with bold, exciting flavors and its artsy, edgy décor will certainly appeal to the NYFW crowd. Grab a colleague, friend, or partner and explore the chicken maison for two. It’s herb-brined, and roasted in a mustard crème fraîche and finished tableside with chilies and a Thai basil salad. While indulging, sip on an Imperial Planters Punch for Two. It features exotic rums that hail from Trinidad and Martinique as well as planters spices, fresh grapefruit, and a cool splash of lime. Wine enthusiasts will be impressed by the wine list, which was curated by wine superstar John Slover. It features an unparalleled selection of unique bottles from France that offer value across a broad range of price points. Located at the Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St. For reservations, visit dirtyfrench.com
Fashion and media A-listers will surely be heading to Fish Cheeks—the NoHo hotspot located on downtown’s uber-cool Bond Street. The celebrity haunt, which is frequented by Phillip Lim and Seth Rogen, serves vibrant, contemporary Thai food.Seafood is the focus. Some faves: coconut crab curry or steamed fish with Thai herbs.The lineup of new cocktails includes No Sleep, which is crafted with High West Bourbon, Mr. Blacks cold brew liqueur, cinnamon syrup, and almond milk, or the Salt & Pepper, made with peppercorn-infused Mezcal, housemade spicy marmalade syrup, apple cider, and lemon Juice. The Instagram-worthy restaurant’s interior boasts punchy red, blue, and yellow wooden chairs which really pop against the sleek white walls. Woven wicker chandeliers usher in a casual, seaside vibe. 55 Bond St. 212-677-2223, fishcheeksnyc.com
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with sweeping views and killer cocktails (plus snap the perfect IG pic) at Mr. Purple on the Lower East Side. Mr. Purple’s rooftop captures the vibrant and artistic spirit that flows through New York during Fashion Week, using the city as a backdrop. The rooftop bar is home to multiple exclusive parties this year. Decked out with a swimming pool, a variety of seating options, and two bars stacked up with an expansive collection of spirits, there’s no better place in NYC to see and be seen.
Dream Downtown’s Winter Rose Garden
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Although trends ebb and flow, style is always in full swing at Dream Downtown—especially while the Dream Downtown Winter Rose Garden is in bloom. Just for NYFW, the spectacular pop-up bar teamed up with fashion label Alice + Olivia to create a designer cocktail. Fashionistas yearning to unwind between shows—or anyone seeking a bit of glam—can sample the Alice + Olivia cocktail from February 6 through 13. The designer cocktail, created by Beverage Director Michael Wark, is a sweet fusion of fruit flavors and prosecco, and boasts tequila (Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet’s preferred libation). The cocktail is stylishly served in a coup glass and accessorized with a fresh raspberry. Fashion fans who indulge in the cocktail will have the chance to be granted a special gift from the Alice + Olivia shop on 14th St. 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2559, dreamhotels.com