It’s that time of year again.. New York Fashion Week! I always look forward to fashion week for so many reasons. Obviously, going to the shows is incredible, but I also just love being in New York because it has so much to offer. When I first started coming, obviously I had no idea what to do. After the years and many many times back to the city, I think I’ve become pretty well acquainted. So without further ado, here is my official NYFW Survival Guide.
WHERE TO EAT
Jack’s Wife Freda – 224 Lafayette St – Mediterranean inspired food with a twist. Order: Green shakshuka, Rose Waffle.
The Butcher’s Daughter – 19 Kenmare St – Vegetarian/Vegan food and juice bar. It’s usually pretty crowded, but for a good reason! Order: Macro bowl, Rubies in the Dust
Estela – 47 E Houston St – Great breakfast food and I can’t wait to go back for dinner!
Bo Ca Phe – 222 Lafayette St – My favorite vietnamese food.by CHLOE. – 185 Bleeker St –The best. vegan food. ever. I’ve been obsessed with this place since it opened. The food is delicious, the branding is super cute, and everyone there is so nice. Order: The guac burger, mac & cheese, artichoke dip, Chostess cupcake, Kale Cookies & Cream ice cream, and the Fancy Fries (secret item not on the menu, just ask!)
Balade – Your Way – 144 W 37th St – I just recently discovered this place, but I’m already addicted. It’s a fast-casual (think Chipotle) Lebanese restaurant. Order: falafel and a rose water & orange blossom lemonade.
I don’t drink alcohol, so happy hour for me usually means snacks. And I mean.. what’s happier than snacks? My favorite early evening treat is oysters! I’ve been to a few places in NYC for them and these are my favorites.Mermaid Oyster Bar – 79 Macdougal St – The Greenwich extension of The Mermaid Inn. Go here for $1 oysters at Happy Hour!
Sel Rose – 1 Delancey St –French influenced and super pretty decor. Fish – 280 Bleeker St – A great seafood restaurant in the West Village. Order: as many oysters as you can manage, the crab legs, and shrimp. They have some pretty good looking hot food too, which I’ve never had, but will definitely go back to try.
Take 31 – 15 E 31st St – Korean food the way cool Korean kids like it. Sort of fusion and not very traditional.
The Spotted Pig – 314 W 11th St – A super hot spot in the West Village where Taylor Swift and Kanye would go when they were friends for 5 minutes. They don’t take reservations, so you have to get there early and put your name on the list for later. (Then hop around the corner to Fish for a raw platter while you wait). Order the french fries for sure.
WHERE TO REFUEL WHEN YOU’RE NOT SUPER HUNGRY
Joe & The Juice – multiple locations – A quick stop for delicious coffee, juices/smoothies, or a sandwich. Also, in my experience, everyone who works there seems to be super attractive, which is always a plus!
Toby’s Estate – multiple locations – The one in flatiron is connected to a Club Monaco and has a bookshop/flowershop in the back. Perfect to chill out and shop a little while you get caffeinated.Chalait – 1216 Broadway – Instagram heaven. Order: Smoked salmon rillette and a matcha latte.
Bluestone Lane – multiple locations – Love my aussies! This place is an Australian coffee shop with a really delicious and simple avocado toast.
Juice Press – multiple locations – Go-to place for a quick juice.
Cha Cha Matcha – 373 Broome St – A matcha bar! With matcha soft-serve!
THE 3 PAIRS OF SHOES TO BRING
Block Heels – New York is a city for walking. Block heeled shoes let you look fashionable, while also being comfortable enough to walk quite a bit in. You can shop all of my favorite block heels here!
Slip-Ons – My current go-to shoe. So easy to wear with basically anything. Favorites are from Prada, Stella McCartney, the above from Topshop (bottom left, bottom right), and these flats from Jimmy Choo.
Boots – No explanation necessary. I’m obsessed with these ones above from Topshop. Find them here: Top left, top middle, top right, bottom middle.
WHERE TO SHOP
Topshop – 478 Broadway – Topshop has so many great affordable pieces! (As shown above with all those awesome shoes). I love shopping here for any last minute pieces like some ankle boots or a body suit.
Gentle Monster – 79 Grand St – Sunglasses are my favorite accessory I think, and Gentle Monster are my favorite among those. I love going to the store when I’m here because they don’t have another store besides in Korea.
Barneys – 7th Ave & 17th St –They recently opened a beautiful new location!
Kirna Zabete – 477 Broome St – Upscale, avant-garde boutique with colorful pop-art decor.
Ina Consignment – Two locations – Go here for vintage designer pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.
Broadway – Full of great stores like Zara, Club Monaco, and a million more.
Wooster St – A smaller street with cool stores like Céline and Thakoon
WHAT TO CARRY AROUND WITH YOU
Portable Battery Chargers – These are so necessary. You don’t want to have to go back to the hotel half way through the day to charge your phone, and you can’t always count on your uber to have a charger. My favorite ones are the Chrome Boostcase, Mophie, and the Puku Light.
Cameras with Wifi – This is something I didn’t know I needed until I had it. It makes life so easy when you can transfer your photos right to your phone from your camera. I love the Canon g7x, Sony Alpha a7s, and the Fujifilm X-A3
Gel Shoe Inserts – Just trust me. You need these.
WHERE TO TREAT YOURSELF
Hortus Nailworks – 210 Forsyth St – Everything is organic and super natural! They also offer super cute nail art.
Jinsoon Nails – 37 Walker St – They have their own line of great nail polishes. A lot of my fashion editor friends go here.
The Spa at The Peninsula – 700 5th Ave – If you really want to treat yourself.
WHERE TO CHILL The Library at 11 Howard – A chill,chic lounge area on the second floor of the hotel 11 Howard. Perfect for finishing up work, having a meeting, or just eating lunch.
Casey Kaplan Gallery – An art gallery that always has stunning exhibits. A great place to escape fashion for a moment
WHERE TO SLEEP
11 Howard – 11 Howard St – A chic and minimal boutique hotel on the corner of Howard and Lafayette in Soho. Super friendly and accommodating staff!
NoMo Soho – 9 Crosby St – Definitely on my list of favorite places to stay when I’m in NY. A luxurious hotel with delicious food, great decor, and in a perfect location.
The James – 27 Grand St – An upscale high-rise hotel right at the bottom of Soho. A great place to stay during fashion week because it’s pretty quiet and only about 5-10 minutes from the shows.
Dream Downtown – 355 W 16th St – Ultra trendy with a great rooftop. Stay here if you like a little more party scene.