So, despite what you've seen and heard, fashion people loooovvve to eat. And they love to eat really, really good food.
In fact, the Fashionista staff knows food just about as well as we know fashion. But there's not much time to dig-in during New York Fashion Week. So we've rounded up our favorite spots, events, and parties that might end up being more about the food than the scene. And maybe even the clothes.
Bird's Fashion's Night Out event takes the cake though (and we do hope there will be cake). Owner Jen Mankins has some serious foodie clout in addition to her discerning fashion eye. After the jump, she dishes on she how she wrangled the Brooklyn foodie elite and her favorite meals at Frankie's and Prime Meats.
Bird on Fashion's Night Out We love Brooklyn chainlet Bird, which has three locations in the borough. We also happen to love every restaurant they've brought on board for Fashion's Night Out: Marlow & Sons, Diner, Prime Meats, Frankies, Vinegar Hill House, Roebling Tea Room, Saltie, Walter Foods, Aurora, Blue Ribbon, The Farm on Adderley, Mimi's Hummus, Henry Public, Brooklyn Social, Sprout, One Girl Cookies and The Castello Plan. We like, can't handle it.
"As much as I am interested in supporting local fashion designers, I am interested in promoting local food and food shops and all the amazing chefs that we are so lucky to have in Brooklyn!" says Mankins. "I know I would be almost as excited to win a gift certificate to Prime Meats as I would to have an exclusive United Bamboo bag and I think the same goes for most of my customers."
Her favorite meals in Brooklyn? The cavatelli from Frankie's Spuntino and the steak frites at Prime Meats. We can't argue with her there. Although we're also partial to the landjager at Prime Meats. Mostly because it's fun to say landjager.
'Wichcraft Were you worried that 'Wichcraft would be gone now that IMG moved Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center? Never fear.
Tom Colicchio recently opened an outpost of his yuppie sandwich shop in the Atrium at Lincoln Center, according to our good friends at Racked NY. We recommend the Gruyere with caramelized onions on rye, which is essentially a French onion sandwich. Or the marinated white anchovies, soft-cooked egg, roasted onion, salsa verde and frisée on country bread.
David Chang on Fashion's Night Out Yeah, so this is definitely going to be our first stop on Fashion's Night Out. David Chang, New York's "hottest chef," as our food messiah Anthony Bourdain once proclaimed, is going to be at the newly opened Andaz 5th Avenue with Vogue's Jeffrey Steingarten.
They'll be dolling out whiskey and Momofuku delights. Hopefully that means pork buns. And crack pie.
Le Pain Quotidien Luckily, another Bryant Park favorite, Le Pain Quotidien, can be found right on Columbus Circle. We recommend the Paris ham and aged Gruyere tartine with a mustard trio, as well as the smoke salmon and vegetable ricotta on whole wheat. And the gazpacho, if it's still in season.
The Lobster Place at Chelsea Market There are plenty of choices down in the Meatpacking District near Milk Studios, but if you're in a rush, the Lobster Place has great sushi rolls, and it's usually not as crowded as Hale and Hearty. Don't forget to pop into Fat Witch Bakery, also in Chelsea Market, for a brownie sample!
Any Parties at the Boom Boom Room or Le Bain You're guaranteed sliders and truffled risotto balls. Added bonus: Olivier Zahm.
Anything Catered by The Smile The Smile has plenty of connections to fashion, so it's no surprise the Bond St. eatery often caters industry events. And they typically do dim sum at said events, which are really yummy.
Prada's Runway Show Okay, so we might be jumping ahead, but last season we were happily surprised to find canapes at the Prada runway show in Milan.
We were so hungry that we don't quite remember what they tasted like, but if Prada's summer party at Joe's Pub here in the States was any indication, they were good.
Per Se, Bar Masa, Bar Boulud, Picholine, Telepan For those with generous expense accounts, these are all really good restaurants around Lincoln Center. If you would like to take us to any of these places, feel free to email email@example.com.