Nov 12, 2019 | By Joanne Thomas
Sep 05, 2017
We know that the New York Fashion Week schedule is jam-packed and often pretty chaotic. But in between rushing from show-to-show, whether you’re after a remedy for fashion week fatigue, or looking to squeeze in some culture, it’s always worth taking time out to experience all that is new and exciting in the City.
To save you time, we’ve done the job of narrowing down the list of things you really must do during your New York stay. From where to eat, shop, drink and beautify, look no further because we’ve got it covered.
Get brunch at…
348 Wythe Avenue 11249/ 1 347-222-6722
What happens when you bring together three seasoned restauranteurs, whose previous gigs were at institutions as varied as Catch, Sadelles and the Cheese Cake Factory? You get Sunday in Brooklyn, a three-storey building which functions as a market, bar and dining room, offering impressive culinary delights in a relaxed, informal space. Whether you’ll be ordering a Bloody Mary and patty melt to recover from a heavy night before, or oatmeal and a Matcha latte post-exercise class, this super laid back but seriously delicious spot has it all – any day of the week. Plus this fab eatery is not in Manhattan, so you can close your eyes and almost pretend fashion week isn’t even happening (almost).
For amazing vintage finds…
82 Dobbin Street 1222
This meticulously curated vintage store will have you decked out in the most fabulous attire for fashion week. ‘The Break’ offers a mix of both designer and vintage pieces, sourced from various consignment stores, garage sales and thrift stores, all at affordable prices. Its wildly eclectic but tasteful selection makes it a fun place just to browse and play dress up, but leaving empty handed might prove unlikely.
For killer nails…
222 Varet Street 11206/ 1 347 689 4891
It’s not easy looking fresh when you’re faced with fashion week chaos. So take some time to unwind and beautify at Wild Oleander; a gorgeous new spot in the heart of Bushwick. Whilst the forte of this destination is the nail art, everything from waxing, to lash tint, to micro-blading, mini-facials and on occasion, special hair services are available here. Taking advantage of the spacious venue, there’s even a vintage shopping corner and 1970s style décor and furnishings, creating perhaps the most inspired waiting area we’ve seen.
For food on the go…
186 Mott Street 10012
When your fashion week diary is brimming with places to be and people to see, fast food is sometimes a necessary requirement: but this doesn’t mean compromising on quality. The Sosta is the second ‘fast-casual’ concept eatery by the founder of By Chloe; the incredibly popular vegan chain. This time it’s Italian on the menu, which includes five pre-set pasta dishes ranging from Bucantini Arrabbiata with cherry tomato to Paccheri Bolognese with beef. What’s more, wheat-flour based pasta can be swapped with a gluten free alternative, or Zucchini noodles, for those after a lighter lunch. It’s all available to go in disposable containers; or, enjoy a more leisurely dining experience in this 40 seat, cutesy pink and highly ‘grammable space.
For cocktails in a nostalgic setting…
107 Eldridge Street 10002 / 1 212 257 4072
Since its opening, The Flower Shop has created quite the buzz on Eldridge Street, attracting swathes of people from across the city for its quirky aesthetic and democratic atmosphere. The beautiful flowers sourced from its Chinatown neighbours and abundance of knick-knacks procured from eBay, Etsy, antique fairs and Craigslist – amongst them an NSYNC* poster and an Olympic flame- endow the setting with a flavour as unique as its signature dried-rose cocktail. Shunning a guest list, it’s the kind of venue which achieves cool without trying, embracing its own nerdy American nostalgia. From Motorhead to Michael Jackson, the downstairs jukebox offers a mix of music as eclectic as the interiors. The menu also offers an excellent selection of contemporary American cuisine.
For an affordable place to rest your head…
We’ve talked a lot about disruptors in the beauty world, who are changing beauty retail by reducing the mark up on key products. But now a new hotel is looking to do the same thing. Ian Schrager (the co-founder of Studio 54) just debuted his latest hotel, which opened its doors earlier this summer in June in the lower east side. Called PUBLIC, the hotel is all about making hotel stays more affordable, with rooms starting at just $150 (a bargain in NYC). But unlike with budget travel, where the experience is ‘budget’ in look and feel, at PUBLIC the decor is beautiful, and luxe.
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