We cannot believe Fashion's Night Out is really here. Something like a thousand shopping events are actually happening. Tonight. And they all sound amazing and, in New York, whether they're uptown or downtown, you probably want to go to all of them. While that is simply unrealistic, we are getting some help from Volkswagon, who are providing us with a fancy new 2011 Jetta to transport us and our shopping bags around what in a few short hours will be a total shitshow of a city. Jealous? Don't be - From now until 12:00 a.m., shoppers can visit two Volkswagen Style Express locations for a ride uptown or downtown in the all-new 2011 Jetta: 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues; and Greene Street between Spring and Prince Streets. If these end up running smoothly and often, it's probably your best bet if you want to play ping pong at Barneys before getting a manicure at the Soho Chanel store.
So, despite what you've seen and heard, fashion people loooovvve to eat. And they love to eat really, really good food. The Fashionista staff is not immune to this. In fact, we embrace it wholeheartedly. 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.