EATS AND BOOZE
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave between 15th and 16th Sts
You already frequent (or avoid, it’s a toss up really) the bars and eateries in the Meatpacking District, so no need to mention them here. We’re suggesting Chelsea Market, instead. You might have to fight through throngs of European tourists (they LOVE this place), but it’s down the street from Milk and filled with eating and daytime drinking options. Plus, it’s all indoors (the weather is going to be tricky this week), there’s free wifi and there are public restrooms. Here are some of our favorite stops:
–One Lucky Duck
From the same people who brought you fancy pants vegan food at Pure Food & Wine, this healthy joint is a fashion kid’s fave takeaway shop for fresh juices and tasty salads.
–The Green Table
Stop in and dine at one of the communal tables at this rustic farm-to-table eatery. As an added bonus, it has a happy hour serving sustainable and biodynamic wines and beers from 4pm to 7pm every weekday.
Eat in or take out at this American comfort food eatery that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. (Oh and they have gluten-free options, too. A lot of fashion people avoid gluten, right?) Also worthy of note: Friedman’s happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm Monday through Saturday — two draft beers for $4.35 and a house wine for $7. (Fashion people don’t avoid booze.)
–Manhattan Fruit Exchange
You health-conscious Fashion Week goers, skip those of-the-moment juice cleanses and eat some real fruit instead. They have the most delectable selection of fresh fruit (plus other grocery supplies) and really reasonably-priced exotic selections. The $.99 apple pears are a delicious bargain.
–The Tippler, 425 W. 15th St at 9th Ave (under Chelsea Market)
Unwind after a crazed day at this basement speakeasy boasting vintage architectural details and a cool kid crowd. The menu offers cleverly-named specialty cocktails (“Apple of my Islay”), interesting wines, and a hipster-Americana snacky menu with soft pretzels, mashed deviled egg toasts, and cheese plates.
Walgreens Cafe: MADE to Eat, Milk Studios
The trusty drugstore chain is running the cafes at Milk Studios to offer its in-house “Nice!” and “Good & Delish” snacks (you’ve seen them at checkout when you drop into your local Walgreens-owned Duane Reade). Look for its “pop-up counter” filled with snacky items—especially convenient if there’s a repeat of the anarchy that reigned in February 2011 and the venue turns into some sort of Hunger Games-esque scenario.