by Melissa Kravitz
|Let's redefine Fashion Plate from the 1860s... --credit|
As with any event in New York, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week requires a special diet. (And I'm not talking about the pre-catwalk model diet of water and air.) With the cancellation of Fashion's Night Out this year, it's easy to give into the grind and forget to make Fashion Week a special week if you're not in the industry. Whether or not you're attending a runway show or after-party, there's no reason not to acknowledge this outstanding week in NYC.
Though it may not be Restaurant Week, some great deals are available thanks to Fashion Plate Prix Fixe. Restaurants near the catwalk at Lincoln Center offer special seasonal lunch and dinner menus. It's a great way to get a taste of fine dining in the neighborhood and perhaps make an excuse for that all-too-deserved, elongated lunch break!
|Food at Boulud Sud, a Fashion Plate Restaurant, is always in style --credit|
Additionally, many dining establishments in Lincoln Square will be offering promotions and deals to celebrate the thousands of people working hard throughout the week to showcase Spring 2014 fashion. Stop by P.J. Clarke's for 10% off all food or the Tasti-D-Lite on 60th Street for a $1 off a cup or cone. The Smith at Lincoln Center will provide free breakfast punch with morning food orders. And of course, the best way to be sure of a discount is to ask (though that may not always be fashionable).
In Lincoln Square, Kashkaval Foods is an easily overlooked gem. This rustic food shop houses a romantic wine and cheese bar in back, which has some of the best fondue in the city. At $13 per serving for a pot of melted, rich cheese and a fresh baguette (with the option of additional meats, cheeses, and fruits to dip), you really can't go wrong. Other fantastic menu options include garden-fresh salads, Mediterranean tapas selections, and an impressive list of meat and cheese platters.
|Fondue at Kashkaval: simple but delicious --credit|
The rooftop at the Empire Hotel offers a great view of the hubbub of Fashion Week and, of course, some great networking opportunities. Photographers, fashion directors, designers, models, and New Yorkers all hang out here for the spectacular surroundings, cocktails, and music. Go for the Chuck Bass, a cocktail named after the legendary Gossip Girl character who bode his fictional time here. Be forewarned that some nights may have a cover, but a quick google search to get on the guest list won't set you back any money.
|Trendy Empire Hotel is fun at any hour --credit|
|The Plaza Food Hall in all its delicious glory --credit|
Another lesser known but highly tasty spot is Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel. In addition to what I consider to be the city's best grilled cheese (cheeseburger, hold the burger), the small eatery serves pitchers of beer as well as milkshakes and brownies. You really can't ask for a better meal when you want something cheap and greasy.
|Burger Joint's Famed Creation: The Works --credit|
For those who don't get downtown, or just want a change of scenery, some popular downtown eateries have recently opened up locations on the Upper West Side. RedFarm, the trendy gourmet Chinese restaurant by dim sum master chef Joe Ng and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld, has opened up a second post at 77th St and Broadway. The Katz's Pastrami Egg Roll is a legendary starter and the grilled salmon steak is always cooked to perfection. NYC's favorite ramen restaurant, Ippudo, has also opened an uptown outpost, but in Hell's Kitchen. This new location features different, innovative menu items than its East Village location, but luckily for hungry ramen fanatics, features the same hours-long wait.
|Ippudo serves a bowl of noodles worth waiting for --credit|
Enjoy the remainder of NYFW – eating and looking good!