Posh Pours and Glam Bites at New York Fashion Week

Where to eat and drink with the fashion elite.

In case you missed it, Fashion Week has once again descended upon New York City, and with it, a countless number of well-dressed designers, couture-clad celebrities and scarily skinny runway models. But, most importantly, it’s also prompted local bars and restaurants to glamorize their booze and bites menus.

Here’s a guide to the best places to sit front row for top-notch food and drinks. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up sipping next to Anna Wintour.

Columbus Circle Snacks

Mere blocks away from the tents at Lincoln Center, Stone Rose Lounge at the Time Warner Center will be slinging a special cocktail just for NYFW. Dubbed the Catwalk, it’s made with George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila and Champagne—a booze clearly made for strutting.

Also at the Time Warner Center is celebrity Chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc. This neighborhood bistro, which effortlessly meshes with its Columbus Circle address, will be serving up the PM Kick—made with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, fresh watermelon agave syrup and cilantro—throughout the week, aptly named after a day spent running around in stilettos.



At Meatpacking hotspot Cherry, Saké Sommelier Chris Johnson is serving up a sassy NYFW cocktail. The Joan Collins is a Thai-basil-and-chili-infused London Dry Gin mixed with lemon and agave, and topped with soda. Sip this glam drink alongside Cherry’s signature French-meets-Japanese cuisine, like the decadent short rib and foie gras stuffed gyoza.

Neighborhood Nosh

For those who think models eat like birds, think again. From the first flash of the runway bulbs to the last, the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District has partnered with area restaurants to dish out meals to industry folks and the public alike. Literally steps from the epicenter of the fashion universe, American Table Cafe and Bar at Alice Tully Center is one such restaurant offering a prix fixe lunch and dinner menu as well as special sips like the Couture Crush and the Fresh & Fabulous (recipes below).

A stone’s throw from the Fashion Week tents, Sirio Ristorante is also a offering special Fashion Week lunch and dinner menu, created by new Chef Massimo Bebber. Alongside bites like house-made ricotta di bufala ravioli, pan-seared swordfish and Roman-style veal piccata, the restaurant is serving a special NYFW cocktail—the Gin Gin (recipe below)—during its $1 oyster happy hour.

Venture to Midtown’s Royalton Hotel and its bar, Forty Four, and you’ll find a bevy of cocktails crafted exclusively for Fashion Week. Sip on modern twists on classics like the Todd Snyder, with Crown Maple and Applejack, which delivers a taste of Fall, while the Pink Minkoff, with watermelon, Prosecco and vodka, will put a pep in your step (recipes below). Line your stomach with delicious bites of jambalaya poppers, or a take on poutine with Holland Butter cheese, “44 sauce” and French Fries.

Global Glam

In honor of the Fall fashion season, the Dorchester collection of hotels is hosting a fashion contest: Four designers—Barbara Casasola, Huishan Zhang, Emilia Wickstead and duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman—will compete on the catwalk to win a $33,000 prize and mentoring sessions by the panel of fashion judges. To celebrate the competition, the hotels properties in Paris, London, Milan, Los Angeles and Geneva are featuring a special Fashion Prize cocktail menu, featuring tipples like the Emilia, made with Canton ginger liqueur, passion fruit and topped with Champagne, inspired by the designers.

Can’t make it to these hot spots? Here are eight NYFW cocktails you can mix at home.

Couture Crush
Recipe courtesy The American Table Cafe and Bar, New York City 

1½ ounce Tequila Blanco
1 ounce mint-infused strawberry juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Splash Campari
1 mint leaf, for garnish

Build the cocktail by placing all of the ingredients, except the mint leaves, in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with the mint leaf.

Fresh & Fabulous
Recipe courtesy The American Table Cafe and Bar, New York City 

1½ ounces Tito’s Vodka
1 ounce fresh cucumber juice
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
½ cucumber wheel, for garnish

Build the cocktail by placing all of the ingredients, except the cucumber wheel, in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with the cucumber wheel.

The Pink Minkoff
Recipe courtesy Forty Four at the Royalton Hotel, New York City

6 pieces of watermelon
2 basil leaves
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Prosecco
Sprig of basil, for garnish

Muddle the watermelon and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka. Shake and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a sprig of basil.

VW on Rodeo
Recipe courtesy of Forty Four at the Royalton Hotel, New York City

½ ounce apricot liqueur
1½ ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel
½ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce lime juice
Sparkling wine, to top
Twist of lime, for garnish

Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a coupe glass, top with a splash of the sparkling wine and garnish with a twist of lime.

The Todd Snyder
Recipe courtesy of Forty Four at the Royalton Hotel, New York City

1 brown sugar cube
Half a dash whiskey bitters
¼ ounce Crown Maple
1¾ ounces Applejack
Thyme sprig, for garnish

Coat the sugar cube in whiskey bitters and muddle in a rocks glass. Add spirits and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Gin Gin
Recipe courtesy Sirio Ristorante, New York City

1 ounce Hendrick’s Gin
1 ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 ounce Mint Cucumber Purée
1 ounce Lime Juice
Ginger Ale, to top

Combine gin, ginger liqueur, purée and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice into a rocks glass. Top with the ginger ale.

Joan Collins
Recipe courtesy Cherry, New York City

2 ounces Thai Basil and Chili infused Dry London Gin
¾ ounce Lemon Juice
¾ ounce Agave syrup
Soda Water, to top
Thai basil leaf, for garnish
Fennel pollen, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with Thai basil and fennel pollen.

The Chia Co. Bourbon Cocktail
Recipe courtesy Chia Co. 

2 ounces Bourbon
1 ounce Orange Juice
½ ounce Lime Juice
¾ ounce Ginger Syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 teaspoon White Chia Seeds
Club Soda, to top
Fresh orange slices, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Pour over ice and top with soda. Garnish with an orange slice coated with black Chia seeds.

Published on September 9, 2013
Topics: Cocktails
About the Author
Joseph Hernandez

Hernandez is a Chicago-based writer and editor obsessed with wine, food and being an oft-misguided know-it-all. WSET certified, his work has appeared in various print and digital publications, including National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog, Food RepublicModern Luxury's Men's Book and Chef Marcus Samuelsson's blog. When he's not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you can find Hernandez documenting his latest meal or day trip on Instagram.

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