Fashion Reverie’s NYFW Eats Roundup

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Overheard at a Zac Posen afterparty

Woman 1: They are giving us all this vodka, but they aren’t giving us any food?

Woman 2: These people think vodka is food.

New York is having an in-person fashion week! Hooray! NYFW: The Shows is going to be smaller than previous weeks but with New York vaccination rates on the rise—all attendees must show proof of vaccination to enter—91 designers are ready to go! One of the best things about New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is it feels like a class reunion. You see people you only communicate with via email and now everyone can safely hug and chat.

We’ve all been stuck at home for too long. So, what if you want to grab old friends and head out for a meal together? NYFW has three basic hubs this year—although shows and events are scattered all over the city—so Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of sit-down restaurants and chic bars for friends to sip and gab. Contact these restaurants to see if they require lunch reservations (most don’t, but it never hurts to check).  Make sure you have your vaccination cards; they are now required for indoor dining. And PLEASE be generous with your tips and be kind to your servers. Their jobs are hard and everyone in the hospitality industry is hurting right now.


NYFW Venue 1: 608 5th Avenue

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Fig + Olive, 10 E 52nd St, Between Madison and Fifth
Comfortable and full of light, Fig + Olive is known for their fresh Mediterranean-inspired menu and elegant décor. Perfect for friendly meals or business lunches, the 52nd Street location is a quick four block walk from NYFW: The Shows. The trio of Crostini is a siren song to any foodies’ heart. The pan-seared salmon with your choice of whipped herb feta or lemon oil is a delicious, but not too filling, lunch. There is an extensive wine menu and delicious cocktails. Fashion Reverie recommends the Cucumber Cosmo as a not too sweet refreshing afternoon treat.

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Bill’s Bar & Burger, 16 West 51st St
Looking for something a bit more casual? You won’t have any trouble getting a table at Bill’s Bar and Burger. With 400 seats, this fun eatery is the biggest stand-alone burger joint on the globe. You can build your own burger with a large selection of toppings. Their standout side is their disco fries smothered in deliciously rich gravy. They carry a full bar, with signature cocktails and boozy milk shakes. Pretty much everything is deep fried, so this will be your cheat day. Dining with a vegetarian? Bill’s has their own meat free plant based Beyond Burger and, believe it or not, they do have salads.  Extra note: Bill’s Bar & Burger is one of Fashion Reverie’s favorite haunts during NYFW!!

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Bar Sixty Five, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
So, when the working day is done, boys and girls just wanna have fun! Just around the corner from The Shows at the Top of the Rock is the elegant and gorgeous Bar Sixty Five.  Perfect for an evening with legendary cocktails, as well as scrumptious bar bites, this iconic lounge is tucked away on the 65th floor of Rockefellar Plaza.  The sweeping views of the city will take your breath away. While not an inexpensive place, the striking art deco décor and delectable menu designed by head chef Matthew Woolf will make your visit worth every penny. While they do accept walk-ins, it’s a wise move to call ahead and to make sure you get a table.


NYFW Venue #2: Spring Studios 6 St Johns Lane

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Frenchette, 214 W Broadway Between Walker and White

This uber popular restaurant, with its expertly designed menu of French classics from celebrity chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, exploded on the scene in 2018 and had lines around the block! Sadly, due to the pandemic the eatery was forced to temporarily close, but as of August 31st they are open! Get in there before word gets around and lines get long again. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, but Fashion Reverie loves their crackly skinned, drippings-soaked Poulet Roti. But pay attention to anything with an egg, as this establishment elevates this simple food to unspeakable heights.

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Bubby’s, 120 Hudson St

Looking for some good old-fashioned American comfort food? Look no further than Bubby’s on Hudson Street with its scrumptious rib sticking staples like blueberry pancakes and fried chicken. It’s all good.  With their traditional appetizing menu, you’ll swear your grandmother is working in the kitchen. Don’t you dare leave without having a piece of pie. You can even buy a full pie to take home. One quick warning—if you have vegetarians in your house, some of the crusts are made with beef lard. It may not be healthy, but it makes crusts moist, flaky and delicious.

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Brandy Library, 25 N Moore between Varick and Hudson

There is no better place to catch up with a friend or to impress a business contact than Brandy Library. With a thick bound book featuring a whopping 120 classic cocktails and a huge selection of cognacs including a 1918 Darroze Armagnac that runs $650 for a two-ounce pour, it’s impossible to not find something you’ll like.  There is also a selection of yummy bar bites including sushi and delectable entrees to make sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach.


NYFW Venue #3: Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway

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Bryant Park Grill, located in Bryant Park

Take advantage of your proximity to Bryant Park, and mild fall weather, to chow down on the wonderfully fresh and tasty menu at Bryant Park Grill with its stunning nature views and relaxed, yet upscale atmosphere. It’s so hard to find outdoor seating in midtown (and let’s just be real, eating in the bus turn lane is terrifying), but this place has it in spades.  Tuck into the refreshing gazpacho or the excellent wild mushroom ravioli. With a full bar and creative cocktails, you simply can’t go wrong here.

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Izakaya MEW, 53 West 35th St

If you’re looking for a more casual place, new addition Izakaya MEW serves tasty dumplings, hot ramen and satisfying sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. They have jazz at night, but the daytime is more laid back. So laid back they even have beer slushies on the menu. Make sure you get the excellent gyoza dumplings for the table before you tuck into those slushies. The salmon sashimi taco is more of an acquired taste, but it does give you a story to tell.

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Monarch Rooftop, 71 West 35th St

As NYFW draws to a close and your feet are aching, it’s time to head to the rooftop at Monarch.  There’s dancing but of course you may just be in the mood to dent the chairs while noshing on their upscale bar bites washed down with expertly crafted cocktails, while drinking in the sweeping views of city lights. An ideal midtown place to have a relaxing evening while catching up with friends.

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