Whether you’re looking to rest and refuel away from the crowds or hoping for a celeb sighting, we’ve rounded up a list of photo-ready restaurants perfect for surviving (and thriving) during NYFW.
Antica Pesa -115 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY
The companion to the iconic Michelin-starred eatery in Rome, Antica Pesa Brooklyn is a family-run restaurant with deep roots in Italian culinary history. The perfect spot for Brooklynites looking to end their nights in their home borough, the Williamsburg outpost is just a quick trip across the bridge from Spring Studios. May we even suggest taking the ferry across the river for a few minutes to decompress and enjoy that Manhattan skyline?
In addition to a stellar food and wine service, Antica Pesa is known for its attentive service – personalized, without being overly formal – and chic interior design. An intimate, leather-bound lounge area blends into a lively dining room with double-height ceilings and oversized, domed floating lights. The effect is a sophisticated but fun vibe, magnified by details like whimsical Fornasseti wallpaper in the bathrooms and a long window offering a view of the bustling kitchen.
Antica Pesa’s culinary program is rooted in the Italian tradition of seasonality and quality of ingredients, highlighting the freshest local produce and imported Italian ingredients in every dish. The restaurant updates its menu seasonally to showcase the bounty of the New York region, and standouts from the summer menu include Nido (antipasti made with fried egg, spinach, Kataifi dough topped with Parmigiano Reggiano DOP cheese flakes and black pepper mayonnaise),Garibaldi 18 (orange juice and tonic popsicle topped with sparkling powder and dried strawberries dipped into a glass of ice-cold Campari), and Pane, Olio e Cioccolato (toasted chocolate pan brioche topped with OddFellows EVOO gelato, Trapanese salt flakes, and dark chocolate shavings).
Boqueria – SoHo: 171 Spring Street
See and be seen in SoHo at Boqueria – the lively, Barcelona-inspired tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics in a warm and contemporary space.
Whether you just have time to stop in for a quick lunch between shows or are looking for a more substantial meal after a long day of running from venue to venue, there is something for everyone on the menu of tapas, paellas, Spanish cheese and charcuterie, and a rotating selection of dishes inspired by local farmers markets and purveyors. Designed for easy sharing, favorites include Pan con Tomate: the iconic Catalan dish of grilled stirato bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil; Pulpo a la Plancha: grilled octopus with fennel, smoked pimentón and Picual olive oil mashed potatoes; and Paella de Mariscos: bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron and salsa verde.
Libations feature the wines, beers and spirits of Spain, featuring a thoughtful all-Spanish wine list, signature sangrías (red, white and rosé) along with seasonal Sangría de Naranja Sanguina with blood orange, tequila, cava, and lime cordial.
Boqueria’s design fuses the timeless heritage of Spain’s casual and intimate tapas bars with contemporary interiors defined by clean, modern lines and quality materials like buttery leather banquettes, wood and marble.
BOQUERIA – SOHO: https://boqueriarestaurant.com/tapas-bar-nyc-soho/
Fish Cheeks – 55 Bond Street
Ditch the overpriced bistros in favor of Fish Cheeks, the critically-acclaimed and widely-beloved (famous fans include the iconic Chrissy Teigen and Phillip Lim!) NoHo restaurant on the iconic Bond Street that serves vibrant, contemporary Thai food with a focus on seafood.
The fan-favorite Coconut Crab Curry is a must-try, but don’t sleep on the Tiger Prawn Karee, a yellow curry stir-fry with spicy scrambled eggs, tiger prawns, scallions, onions, micro celery and a housemade roasted chili jam.
The cocktail menu (offered at weekend brunch) also brings the flavor with unique, Thai-inspired twists on bar classics. The airbrushed, fish-scaled Something Different (Casamigo Anejo Tequila with Elderflower, Lemon Juice, Orgeat, and Egg White) and bright purple Butterfly Effect (Ford’s Gin, coconut water, Thai herb-infused vermouth bianco syrup, butterfly pea flower tincture) are particularly fun to watch being made!
Designed to reflect the vibrant, bustling streets of coastal Thailand, Fish Cheeks’ exterior boasts layers of yellow, red and blue scalloped roof tiles, and the large windows overlooking Bond Street flood the dining room with natural light.
Inside the restaurant, punchy red, blue and yellow wooden chairs pop against sleek white walls, and woven wicker chandeliers bring casual, seaside vibes to the space, which recently hosted a photoshoot with Prada for The Coveteur.
Little Beet Table – 333 Park Ave
For fashionistas staying above 14th Street or others just looking to avoid the West Side crowds, head to NoMad’s stylish Little Beet Table for vibrant 100% gluten-free, vegetable-focused plates and cocktails.
Stop by during happy hour (Mon-Fri 3:00pm – 6:30pm) for $10 cocktails like LBT Margarita tequila or mezcal, carrot, cayenne, lime, and ancho chili salt for an extra kick and Kale & Cucumber tequila, kale, cucumber, ginger, lemon, jalapeno and signature snacks that are perfect for sharing, like Sunflower Hummus ($16) (za’atar, herbs, grilled pita), Watercress Guacamole ($13) (cilantro, lime, and corn tostadas) and Blistered Shishito Peppers ($9) (sesame, yuzu, Thai basil).
The dishes and drinks are colorful, healthful, and perfect to decompress with during Fashion Week.
Shoo Shoo – 371 Broome St.
Shoo Shoo, NoLita’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serves fueling dishes that are sure to get you through the hustle and bustle of NYFW.
During breakfast hours, guests have the opportunity to take a break from running in between shows to relax on Shoo Shoo’s outdoor breezy, sidewalk patio. Enjoy menu items such as the Green Frittata (fresh herbs, green labneh, fennel, radishes, cucumber salad) or the Deep Purple Smoothie Bowl (banana, mango, blueberry, raw tahini, cinnamon, maca, chia, dates, coconut, Himalayan salt, cacao nibs, and almond milk).
Shoo Shoo also offers a variety of fresh juices including Red Juice (beets, green apple, celery, and ginger), Green Juice (kale, spinach, green apple, and fennel), and Orange Juice (fresh turmeric, carrot, orange, parsley root, and ginger). Stop by and stay a while in the chic and cozy restaurant, or order out for pick-up or delivery while on the go throughout the week (lunch and dinner are also available!).