The vibe Congregating at the emerald-green-tiled bar, fashionistas ditch their poker faces and get rowdy over ’80s-style shooters and Mister Paradise’s wacky-yet-winning cocktails – think buckwheat and olive-oil-infused coffee in the Café Disco, or the Corn Ultimatum, where bourbon meets roasted corn, peach and Parmesan. The equally playful, pop-culture-drenched décor includes lurid bathrooms based on The Shining’s room 237 and a crimson VIP space that pays homage to A Clockwork Orange.
Make sure you Fuel up between fashion shows with the snacks from the bar, like fried chicken with habanero honey or apple pie hotpockets – proof again that this stylish spot doesn’t take itself too seriously.
What A restaurant inside a mall, but not as you know it. Based at Midtown’s latest landmark development – the ultra-slick Hudson Yards – this all-day eatery is on a par with well-heeled neighbours Chanel, Dunhill and Tiffany & Co. In fact, it’s a destination in itself. Chef Bogdan Danila’s creations are as beautifully turned out as the clientele, the fairest of them all being the heirloom beets served with a revelatory French onion soup custard. Sure, it might be difficult to slip into your Fashion Week outfit after feasting on truffle-covered risotto and roasted Maine scallops with Champagne sauce, but it’s totally worth it.
The vibe Get ready to meet New York’s best-dressed front-of-house staff, clad in brown leather braces or floral bow ties. The eclectic interiors, meanwhile, are inspired by an English country house – abundant potted plants, herringbone wood floors and a huge mural of a splendid picnic.
Make sure you Admire the view of Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel sculpture. Those in the know never climb the stairs of the public art installation; instead, Queensyard’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer the perfect vantage point, with the Hudson River snaking beyond the honeycomb-shaped structure.
What Ravi DeRossi adds to his bulging portfolio (Mother of Pearl, Death & Co and Amor y Amargo) with an all-vegan Indian in the trendy East Village.
The vibe A dinky, candlelit bolthole where you can graze on small plates of perfectly spiced veggie fare on low-slung banquettes. Dunk charred naans into homemade chutneys and lentil dip, before devouring samosas, vindaloo maitake buns and pani puri – small puffs of pastry filled with tamarind sauce.
Make sure you Give your compliments to the chef – Ravi’s mum partnered on creating the menu and trained up executive chef Spencer Caine. No wonder everything tastes so authentic.
What A chic, subterranean hangout beneath Italian restaurant Gran Tivoli that channels the old-school aperitivo bars of Rome – even if it’s a group of Australian restaurant-industry veterans at the helm. The drinks menu shows the art of simplicity, like a highball that blends bourbon with freshly squeezed Granny Smith apple juice.
The vibe Thank goodness sneakers are more in style than stilettos these days – you’ll descend a rugged, winding staircase through Gran Tivoli’s impressive working wine cellar to reach Peppi’s. The speakeasy-esque feel makes it an appealing respite from the frenetic pace of Fashion Week. Against a backdrop of exposed brick, velvet curtains and dark polished wood, guests sip signature cocktails at the 20-seat bar or small candlelit tables.
Make sure you Head there on Thursdays for live music, and come with an appetite. Although Peppi’s is best known for its whisky-forward drinks list, don’t miss its mouth-watering Italian plates like zucchini fritti, taleggio with figs, burrata with anchovy and suckling porchetta panini.
What A sky-high lounge atop the historic Beekman Tower. For a panorama of New York’s iconic skyline, this is your less touristy insider-alternative to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Centre.
The vibe At a lofty 26 storeys above 49th Street, an elegant crowd nibbles on classic bar snacks, from charcuterie and devilled eggs to spinach and artichoke dip. There’s plenty to admire inside, too: the black and white chequerboard floor tiles and claret-coloured velvet couches make for a jewel box of a bar. While there’s no shortage of rooftop bars and restaurants in NYC, many of them are made for summertime – Ophelia, on the other hand, lets you stay cosy while you sip a Far East Side (Mizu shochu, gin, yuzu, yellow chartreuse) or The Flapper (vodka, raspberries, pineapple, Champagne).
Make sure you Brush up on your history: this storied Art Deco monument served as a women-only club and hotel space for college sororities in the 1920s.
What Schmooze your way around a New York member’s club at Spring Place’s New York Fashion Week pop up (10–12 February). For three nights only, the contemporary co-working space will team up with triple Michelin-starred Mirazur, aka winner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, which has hopped across the Atlantic from Menton, France for the occasion.
The vibe In Spring Place’s newly renovated bar and restaurant space, Mirazur chef Mauro Colagreco will be serving up his signature style blending sea, garden and mountain flavours, spread over a nine-course tasting menu. Fancy a tipple? There will be optional, sommelier-selected wine pairings from the restaurant’s prized wine list.
Make sure you Tickets are priced at $650 (excluding tax and gratuity) for 10 & 11 February; 12 February is members-only.