An army of long-limbed, doe-eyed models is about to descend on New York for Fashion Week, beginning February 9 2012, and we’ve got the scoop on where the elite goes to kick up their stilettos after the shows. A-listers will be hitting their favorite haunts, and these spots are where you’ll likely find them when they’re away from the catwalk.
For Healthy Snacks on the Go
Milk Studios is hosting some of the season’s buzzier shows, including up-and-coming designers like Cushnie et Ochs. The cool kids pop into Chelsea Market and go to One Lucky Duck, the West Side outpost of the original Gramercy Park café, Pure Food and Wine. Menu items at the take-out eatery will appeal to the fashionable health nut: think a portabello and hempseed burger on sprouted bread.
Good to Know: If you’ve been procrastinating on your New Year’s detox, order something from the extensive juice menu, with options that include Hot Pink (beet, pineapple, pear, and ginger) and Bunny Brew (carrot, apple, and ginger).
For Happy Hour Cocktails and Treats
Across the street from Lincoln Center, the New York institution P.J. Clarke’s is usually jammed with opera-goers and an after-work crowd. During Fashion Week, though, street style kings and queens slurp up raw oysters between runway shows.
Good to Know: Grab a window seat along the west side of the restaurant for a superb view of Lincoln Center lighted up at night.
For a Satisfying Meal in the West Village
Sit down to substantial eats at Café Cluny in the West Village, located on charming West 12th Street. Known for American fare with a French bistro twist, the convivial atmosphere is as good as the food, with dinner choices that include housemade cavatelli and pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin. This is where fashion designers like Rodarte go to celebrate post-show with out-of-town guests.
Good to Know: The neighborhood’s famous faces frequent this place for breakfast and lunch year-round—not only during Fashion Week. If you go, try the avocado and bacon-laden breakfast sandwich.
For a One-Stop Night Out
Book early at the The Standard Grill, located on the ground floor of The Standard hotel’s Meatpacking District location. Hearty dinner options include red wine-braised beef short ribs with polenta, and a savory root vegetable bread pudding with poached egg. For celebrity-spotting, skip the jammed bar in favor of the inner dining room.
If you’re game for a wild night out, try getting into The Boom Boom Room, the hotel’s top floor lounge, where industry heavy-hitters throw stylish after-parties. Last season, V magazine hosted a ball that brought a crush of bold names, including Alexander Wang, Carine Roitfeld, photographer Mario Testino, and a late-arriving Lindsay Lohan.
Good to Know: If you want a better chance of getting into The Boom Boom Room, try going during sunset for gorgeous views, and when the room is delightfully calm.
For an Extended Evening of Fun
The hush-hush Electric Room at the Dream Downtown hotel is for those in hot pursuit of the coolest night out who relish their privacy. The tiny, windowless space—no bigger than a neighborhood salon—attracts the likes of Daphne Guinness, Rachel Zoe, and Jade Jagger, who all partied there for the Spring 2012 collections.
Good to Know: To find this place, pass the front desk and make a left when you see the Warhol portraits. Then, head down the spiral staircase and look for an unmarked black door.
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