NEW YORK: Fashion Week for Foodies

New York Fashion Week has officially arrived and amidst countless shows and constant scurrying about town, we’re all in need of a strong cocktail and a gourmet pick-me-up. Here is your source to the see and be seen hotspots, everything from multi-level lounges to intimate whiskey bars. Bon Appétit!

ABC Cocina
38 East 19th Street / 1 212 677 2233
Neighborhood: Flatiron/Union Square

This is the Latin-flaired spin-off of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ever-popular ABC Kitchen. Here you’ll unwind after a day amidst the fashionistas with innovative cocktails where moonshine, coconut water and jalapeños make an appearance. The menu features spicy small plates like mezcal-cured salmon and glazed short rib tacos with habanero relish – perfect for sharing.

47 East Houston Street / 1 212 219 7693
Neighborhood: NoLIta

The former Isa chef opens this NoLIta gem just in time for fashion week. The ultimate foodie date spot, here you’ll share a bottle of wine tucked away in one of the cozy, wooden booths. Enjoy small plates like seared razor clams with chili and garlic or raw scallops with citrus and bronze fennel. The marble-topped bar offers an elegant setting to indulge in strong cocktails – some even crafted with a splash of absinthe.

Malt & Mash
53-61 Gansevoort Street / 1 646 561 3931
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District/Chelsea

From the brains behind Sons of Essex comes Meatpacking District’s latest foodie hotspot, Malt & Mash. The experimental menu includes dishes along the lines of chipotle peanut butter foie gras and black garlic octopus, both of which you’ll enjoy amidst a rustic ambiance with a sage daiquiri in hand. Head upstairs to Opus, a wooden enclave where Vogue and Vanity Fair prints line the walls. Downstairs you’ll find The Raven, a subterranean gothic lounge complete with vintage sconces, tufted seating and an air of mystery.

Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Co.
17 Clinton Street / 1 646 454 1262
Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Off the beaten path, this newly opened pizzeria caters to trendy downtown go-ers. Here you’ll enjoy crisp, savory pies and killer happy hour specials in a rustic setting complete with exposed brick and antique furnishings. The menu spans traditional Italian recipes to new creations like the Americana (grilled chicken, red onion, bacon and barbecue sauce) and the Cinque Formaggi (parmigiano, romano, ricotta, mozzarella and bleu cheese). The perfect pre-party hangout.

The Bar Room
117 East 60th Street / 1 212 561 5523
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

The folks behind Periyali and Bar Six have brought a taste of rustic elegance to the Upper East Side. Brimming with an ultra chic crowd, The Bar Room boasts dark wood, tufted leather banquettes, floral mural-covered walls and a bar top that can only be found in museums – we’re talking 32 feet of African mahogany carved 124 years ago. Post up and sip on a dirty martini or top-shelf whiskey, while noshing on oysters and salmon tartare.

The Elm
King & Grove Williamsburg, 160 North 12th Street / 1 718 218 1088
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/Greenpoint

For those headed over the bridge during the fashion week madness, The King & Grove Williamsburg is the place to see and be seen. By way of two Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt comes The Elm, the newest addition to the favorited hotel complete with vibes straight from Cali. Walk past the saltwater pool to towering ceilings, ivy-covered walls and a tile-and-wood bar top where herb-and-veggie-driven cocktails are all the rage. The menu consists of contemporary French dishes spanning crudités and tartare to bouillabaisse. The foie gras with spiced strawberry gelée and ginger is a must try.

–Sarah Ryan Hecht and Shannan Smith

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