Whether you’re heading to Lincoln Center as a fashion industry VIP or just looking to shmooze with all of the beautiful people, these New York City bars and restaurants are fit for both fashion gurus and fans to enjoy cocktails and bites during this February week of nonstop style. By Sarah Shaker.
Sotto 13 debuts one of the cities most fashionable cocktails this February with its Fashion Week-inspired Catwalk Cosmo. Created by Sotto 13′s award winning mixologist, the Catwalk Cosmo is a little sweet, a little tart and the punch of pom juice adds a healthy boost too, ensuring you’ll look your best amongst the crowds of beautiful people over fashion week. Tito’s Vodka is mixed with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, white cranberry and pomegranate juices, agave nectar and a lime wedge to create this stylish drink. Head to the West Village’s hotspot to get into glamour mode with this new cocktail and don’t miss out on their sharable plates and pizzas post-show.
Ed’s Chowder House
Inside the hip Empire Hotel, Ed’s Chowder House is a deliciously fresh seafood restaurant, perfect for both fashionistas watching their weight and those who are ready to indulge after long hours of shows across the street. Ed’s is featuring special “Fashion Plates” lunch and dinner menus during NYFW. The prix fixe lunch for $25 includes an appetizer, like their Salmon Tartare, an entrée, such as Local Fluke and dessert. Dinner goes for $35 for three courses with plates including their popular New England Style Clam Chowder, Skuna Bay Salmon and a sweet ending like their rich Chocolate Ganache Tart served with coffee ice cream.
Hakkasan New York
Conveniently located in Midtown, Hakkasan New York is known for their modern Cantonese cuisine and high-end selection of fresh dim sum. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch for those looking for a meal running between neighborhoods for shows and event. The lounge at Hakkasan is a perfect stop to sip on a post-show cocktail like their signature Zesty Martini made with vodka, fresh pineapple, ginger, and fresh cilantro.
The Lion, a popular Greenwich Village dining destination among the fashion week and celebrity crowd, features an Italian-American menu and lively bar scene; ideal for those fashion week-goers seeking dinner, cocktails or Sunday brunch downtown. Enjoy an elegant bite from their raw bar or go ahead and tip the scale with the Dessert Sampler featuring vanilla ricotta cheesecake, peanut butter bar, caramel apple cake, choice of ice cream or sorbet.
Conveniently located across the street from Lincoln Center, this Mexican restaurant offers strong cocktails for fashion staffers who need a break and want to stay on a budget. During this elaborate week, head to Rosa Mexicano for their popular happy hour deals running Monday – Friday from 3-5 p.m. with specials including half-priced margaritas and sangria and a few half-priced appetizers, including Queso Fundido and Flautas de Pollo.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.