Newsflash: Models eat. And definitely drink (even though they signed a contract not to). Know who else drinks? Famous fashion figures, street-style stalkers, backstage press peeps, and of course, the guys and gals kicking-ass to put on that perfect presentation for the public. Regardless of your job title, here’s your directory of daily drinking spots to refuel (or binge) at in between and after shows this New York Fashion Week.
What: New York Fashion Week, Spring / Summer 2019 Collection
Where: Industria at 40 Bethune St; Spring Studios at 50 Varick St; and various venues across New York City
When: Thursday, September 6th to Friday, September 14th
Azul on the Rooftop
Truthfully, Fashion Week is hell. No matter what your role is. It consists of sleep-deprivation and untouched catered food. After back-to-back (to-back) shows, relax atop Hotel Hugo with the Ponche Habana – a blend of rums, citrus, pineapple and Maraschino bitters, available by the pitcher (that’s if your day really sucked).
Take in pano-views of Manhattan and remind yourself that you’re killing the fashion game in New York City. Hang in there (not from there).
Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St, 212-608-4848, www.hotelhugony.com, @azulontheroof
Remove yourself from reality. Imagine you are lounging in Tulum (because you kind of are) – under lush palm trees, munching on multiple mod-Mexican plates like chorizo lettuce wraps and grilled avocado… Loosen up under the oversized disco ball with the Disco Ball cocktail, made with vodka, sparkling rosé, grapefruit, basil and glitter.
Keep your eyes peeled for celeb-sightings. Think about tomorrow when it happens.
76 Varick St, www.grupogitano.com/nyc, @grupo.gitano
Macao Trading Co.
Surpass the main dining room and descend into the exotic subterranean space delivering show-stopping Chinese-Portuguese dishes like blistered shishito peppers and wagyu coulotte with charred Chinese broccoli and salsa verde. Sip the Siren Call, crafted with tequila reposado, pineapple, strega and pink peppercorn, then hit the scant “dance” floor like the dangerous creature you’ve become after Day 1.
The raunchy decor will add to your drunken state. Check the glass case displaying opium pipes, Tibetan penis fertility symbols, vintage nudie pics and pin-up posters.
311 Church St, 212-431-8750, www.macaonyc.com, @macaonyc
Café Altro Paradiso
Cool down in this open, airy and high-ceiling setting. Absorb the natural lighting and crisp décor while supping the brilliant Sicilian Defence made with gin, aquavit, fennel, and lemon. Pair the green “pick-me-up” with the green Fennel Salad – fen-noodles over marinated Castelvetrano olives and provolone ribbons, piled high.
Mega-models and Insta-influencers will most likely surround you here. Keep in mind; the people behind Estela and Flora Bar run it.
234 Spring St, 646-952-0828, www.altroparadiso.com, @altroparadiso
The Butcher’s Daughter
The “storm” is going to pass (in two days). Take a deep break and fill up on healthful fare at this laid-back West Village outpost. You won’t find fancy cocktails here, yet a short list of mimosas. Refuel with the Cucumber, Kale, Green Apple Mimosa – a combination of cold-pressed juice and sparkling Cuvée Brut from California. Consider a wellness latte for your raw walk back to the show. Don’t be alarmed; it will undoubtedly add an extra heartbeat to rundown body. You will wake up though.
581 Hudson St, 917-388-2132, www.thebutchersdaughter.com, @thebutchersdaughter_official
Come for happy hour, stay for bingo night. Suggest each tequila-fan at your table to pick up the next margarita pitcher, either frozen or rocks. Watch the kitschy room of drinkers get rowdy after 7:00 PM with bingo.
Avoid sporting salsa after the excitement of winning picks up your neighbor’s plate. This is Taco Tuesday done right.
767 Washington St, 212-243-1053, www.tortillaflatsnyc.top
Close out New York Fashion Week on a boat. Occupy the front end of the historic fishing vessel with your favorite fashionistas. Mix-and-match sea-focused plates like ceviche covered in finely-diced shallots, hot habanero, sweet peppers and raw mint, alongside thinly-sliced avocado. Absolutely slingback some black duck salts topped with shishito, cucumber and Champagne mignonette. And, absolutely slingback the Mariner cocktail, made with gin, St Germain, absinthe, lime and cucumber.
There’s an epic Lobster & Champagne deal, too. That’s deux lobster rolls, chilled bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne and crispy french fries for $200 – great for groups, especially for a celebratory outing like surviving Fashion Week.
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, 212-660-6312, www.grandbanks.nyc, @grandbanksbar
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