Despite many thinking that those in fashion find nourishment solely through champagne and cigarettes, there are countless stylish spots that are beacons for industry insiders to eat, drink and be merry. With New York Fashion Week in full swing, we tracked down the five best Big Apple restaurants where you can rub elbows with models, designers, moguls and more, and even enjoy an excellent meal.
A Noho mainstay, this cozy basement restaurant has become the place to see and be seen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Started by downtown pioneers Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte, and Melia Marden in 2009, The Smile serves up excellent Mediterranean-inspired healthy dishes.
The second restaurant by Carlos Quirarte, this time partnering with Taavo Somer, is already earning praise both for its experimental French fare, and it’s incredible people watching. As Eater put it: At Le Turtle, dinner comes with a show. This downtown hotspot just opened in December and is a definitive hot spot for the fashion set.
The Beatrice Inn
What was once a late night hub to downtown’s coolest art and fashion kids who managed to make it past the bouncer, is now supper club for the more grown-up set. Originally founded by DJ Paul Sevigny (yes, Chloe’s brother), now reimagined by Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter, this buzzed-about eatery serves up excellent food and plenty of celebrity spotting.
Regularly packed with fashion and art crowds, the newly reopened NoHo stalwart includes an upstairs fine dining room, with plenty of mirrors and an elegant French bistro-style interior, and a downstairs sceney basement bar. Here, fluke tartare, oxtail brood and brick chicken can all be enjoyed with plenty of model spotting.
For a sneak peak of New York’s creative elite, look no further than this iconic Chinese fusion restaurant—which now boasts seven locations— was founded by the effortlessly stylish Michael Chow in the 70s. Everyone from Naomi Campbell to Andy Warhol have been regulars, and if you can afford the hefty price tag, you never know who will be seated at the table next to you.