May 23, 2017 | By Carla Buzasi
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Fashion’s elite has landed in New York for the first iteration of Fashion Week. And while the winter weather prevails, these local hotspots are your source to rejuvenation. Defrost and unwind at these seen-and-be-seen foodie favourites. –Sarah Ryan Hecht
35 East 21st Street / 1 212 913 9659
Neighbourhood: Flatiron/Union Square
Helmed by Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera, the much-anticipated Cosme boasts an industrial interior complete with concrete floors and pinewood tables. Each dish is artfully-plated with bright colors and rich textures. Must-try menu items include uni tostada with avocado, bone marrow salsa, and cucumber; and broiled red snapper with Thai hoja santa curry, plantains, and scallions.
86 Allen Street / 1 212 228 7732
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Amanda Cohen’s famed vegetarian restaurant has moved further downtown to make room for the crowd. Now with triple the seating and a bar area, the new space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, studded faux-leather (naturally) chairs, and an expanded menu featuring Brussels-sprout tacos with smoked avocado and mezcal cocktails.
THE GORDON BAR
SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson Street / 1 212 219 3200
John McDonald and Mercer Street Hospitality bring sexy cocktails and Sicilian-inspired small plates by way of The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo. The cosy interior resembles that of a chic downtown apartment, boasting plush sofas, sophisticated prints and an impeccable menu. A go-to destination for after work, pre and post dinner, or even late night.
THE POLO BAR
1 East 55th Street / 1 212 207 8562
To join outposts in Chicago and Paris, Ralph Lauren has unveiled the much-anticipated Polo Bar located adjacent to his newly opened Fifth Avenue flagship. The handsome space boasts old-world vibes and is fitted out with forest green walls, herringbone wood, brown leather banquettes and equestrian gear. Chef Sepp Stoner heads the menu, which features a Polo Bar bacon burger, crab cakes with mustard/bell pepper sauce, and Ralph’s famed corned-beef sandwich.
1004 Second Avenue / 1 646 726 4760
Midtown’s coolest new gastro-bar comes by way of Zachary Lynd of famed Montauk food truck Turf. The UES-meets-nautical interior boasts Lynd’s own designs like brass bar stools, a 26-foot quartz bar and pink-top brass-edged tables, amid vintage Paul McCobb and Russell Wright chairs, and light fixtures from Brendan Ravenhill. The menu features New American dishes like chilled crab with grapefruit, avocado and yucca chips, and burrata with pickled seasonal fruit.
51 Grove Street / 1 212 255 1962
Neighbourhood: West Village
Famed New York chefs and partners Jody Williams and Rita Sodi (of Buvette and I Sodi) have joined forces to open Via Carota, a haven for Italian cuisine. The spot has already won over West Village locals. The menu here showcases a creative take on classic Italian fare by focusing on vegetables and making sure to highlight one in each dish.
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