NEW YORK: Fashion Week for Foodies

It’s that time of year again and fashionistas from around the world are flocking to New York City. While this brutal winter has you wearing more layers than planned, the latest in foodie hot spots is a cure all. Warm up at one of these trendy destinations to relax and rejuvenate. – Sarah Ryan Hecht

Bodegra Negra
Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street / 1 212 229 2336
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District/Chelsea

Soft open at the Dream Downtown is the New York offshoot of the London-based eatery La Bodega Negra. The cavernous den is replete with wooden walls, deconstructed pianos, antique tequila barrels and a penny-encased disco ball. This intimate setting is perfect to enjoy upscale Mexican fare like jicama slices with guacamole, soft shell crab tacos and open-face quesadillas.

Viceroy New York, 124 West 57th Street / 1 212 707 8000
Neighborhood: Midtown

The ground floor of the Viceroy hotel is dedicated to the newest venture of restaurateur and chef Marc Murphy (of Landmarc and Ditch Plains). The Roman & Williams-designed space is complete with black-and-white tile floors, room-length banquettes and seductive corner booths. Enjoy a French-influenced, New American menu featuring dishes like grilled kale with goat cheese and foie gras with savory fig caramel.

Ladurée SoHo Tea Salon & Restaurant
398 West Broadway / 1 646 392 7862
Neighborhood: SoHo

Ladurée has opened its first stateside Salon de Thé in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Divided into a series of salons, the Parisian chic space combines retail bakery, tearoom and full-service restaurant headed by chef Johann Giraud. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features Gallic classics and Ladurée signatures, as well as newcomers like the kale-based Salade SoHo and praline mille-feuilles. The retail portion offers up viennoiseries, pastries, fine gourmet products and its famed macarons.

Telepan Local
329 Greenwich Street / 1 212 966 9255
Neighborhood: TriBeCa

Farm-to-table maestro Bill Telepan has opened a downtown restaurant resembling that of a rustic farmhouse. The tapas-style menu features contemporary American small plates like pigs in a blanket and roasted beets with house-made ricotta and honey.

The Chester
18 Ninth Avenue / 1 646 253 2284
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District/Chelsea

The ground floor of the Gansevoort Meatpacking is dedicated to The Chester, a newly opened bar and eatery complete with chandeliers, checkered floors and pebbled-leather couches. The wraparound patio boasts great views for people watching.

The Monarch Room
408 West 15th Street / 1 646 790 7070
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District/Chelsea

This ‘30s-era, industrial building has been made over into The Monarch Room, a handsome date spot replete with dark polished wood, burgundy leather banquettes and long marble bar tops (one dedicated to oysters and the other to cocktails). Headed by Chef Michael Citarella, the farm-to-table menu features dishes like grilled octopus with fennel and celery salad and halibut with golden beets.


For more NYFW happenings, see NEW YORK The Latest.

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