Fashion Week Hot Spots: Where to See and Be Seen

By Kelly Dobkin  |  February 6, 2014
Credit: Alden Gewirtz

New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 kicks off today at Lincoln Center. To keep you up to speed on nearby dining options, we have two handy lists that show you where to eat near the tents as well as Milk Studios, where some of the Made Fashion Week shows take place. But which restaurants and bars are the true hot spots for the fashion set? We asked a fashion editor friend to give us the insider lowdown. Check out the list below.

  • Estela: Ignacio Mattos' and Thomas Carter's NoLita small plates Mediterranean is always a scene for editors, models and more.
  • Charlie Bird: A favorite of the fashion industry, expect to see plenty of action at the usually packed SoHo Italian, backed by the former Cru sommelier.
  • The East Pole: This Upper East Side newcomer is the uptown answer to The Fat Radish, with its veggie-centric menu. Its healthy ethos and chic pre-war townhouse digs make it an attraction for fashion editors and designers.
  • Bar Nana: Located in the former Double Seven space, Bar Nana is a go-to for a pisco cocktail and a fashionable industry crowd.
  • Up & Down: The new club that will occupy the former Darby space on W.14th street is one of this weekend's biggest hot spots. Several parties will be hosted here, including one for Made Fashion Week.
  • Gilded Lily: This MePa lounge beneath the new Monarch Room is a private-party only space for now, and will host several chichi events this weekend.
  • Top of the Standard, fka Boom Boom Room: This classic hot spot in the Standard Hotel (west) is still a scene, despite the name change. This year they're rolling out brunch, which is sure to be the site of many boozy early-afternoon meals.
  • Paul's Baby Grand and Westway: Paul Sevigny's hotspot at the Tribeca Grand hotel is always a mainstay for late-night debauchery, as is Westway in the far West Village.