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NYFW Survival Guide

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aimee_song_of_style_nyfw_survival_guide_daniIt’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
BREAKFAST:aimee_song_of_style_nyc_nyfw_survival_guide
Jack’s Wife Freda224 Lafayette St – Mediterranean inspired food with a twist. Order: Green shakshuka, Rose Waffle.
The Butcher’s Daughter19 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!

LUNCH:
Bo Ca Phe222 Lafayette St – My favorite vietnamese food.aimee_song_of_style_nyfw_nyc_survival_guide_by_chloe_baladeby 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 Way144 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.

OYSTERS/HAPPY HOUR
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.aimee_song_of_Style_nyc_nyfw_guide_mermaid_innMermaid Oyster Bar – 79 Macdougal St – The Greenwich extension of The Mermaid Inn. Go here for $1 oysters at Happy Hour!
Sel Rose1 Delancey St –French influenced and super pretty decor. aimee_song_of_style_nyc_nyfw_guide_fish_oystersFish – 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.

DINNER:
Take 3115 E 31st St – Korean food the way cool Korean kids like it. Sort of fusion and not very traditional.
The Spotted Pig314 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 HUNGRYaimee_song_of_style_nyfw_nyc_survival_guide_coffee
Joe & The Juicemultiple 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 Estatemultiple 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.aimee_song_of_Style_nyc_nyfw_guide_coffee_chalait_tobys_estateChalait1216 Broadway – Instagram heaven. Order: Smoked salmon rillette and a matcha latte.
Bluestone Lanemultiple 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 Matcha373 Broome St – A matcha bar! With matcha soft-serve!

THE 3 PAIRS OF SHOES TO BRINGaimee_song_of_style_topshop_boots_slip_ons
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 lefttop middletop rightbottom 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.
Barneys7th 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 YOUaimee_song_of_style_nyfw_guide_boostcase_camera
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 Peninsula700 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.

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  1. Aimee, I love the grey coat you’re wearing in the pic above. What brand is it?
    Love your style:)

  2. I’m dreaming of going back to New York since I’ve been there as a child. This post made me swoon. Reading it feels a bit like strolling around, discovering all the nice places you mentioned. Your writing is always so easy going yet on point. Love it! Happy weekend, beautiful!

    xo Deborah Chloé

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  4. Just came back from NYC and this guide is so accurate on what to do when in the city! Visited many of the places mentioned and will hit up the other places I missed on my next visit! Thanks for sharing

  5. Haha I love this. I mean, this is my city but I still love all the places that you chose. And your layout is so gorgeous that it makes it easy to read. Thanks for sharing, I’ll share as well!

    michenn

  6. I love this! Wish I could be in NY right now. Next time I must try some of the Fro-Yo. Please check out my blog and let me know what you think! :) <3

  7. This is such a great post!!! I’m a New Yorker who loves to brunch, so what I enjoyed most was the breakfast section lol Always good to find new places to indulge in my city.
    xoxo,
    Alisha Ricki

  8. I would definitely go to New York only for the food! So many delicious looking places on your list! I bookmarked basically every link!

    Love from Tokyo,
    Nicola
    tiredoftokyo.com

  9. Aimee, if you like Lebanese, try ilili in the Flatiron (5th avenue between 27 and 28). Get their brussel sprouts and fries.

  10. love, love, love this guide! hits the topics that most others don’t! can’t wait to see more from you this fashion week

  11. Linda Li says on September 7, 2016

    1Love this blog post! Love the suggestions and the pictures and everything! .xx

  12. The best guide to NYFW! Love all of the tips including nail art and the Kaplan Gallery! Can’t wait to see your looks!

  13. Grecha Adam says on September 7, 2016

    Awesome guide! Recommendations are always tricky, but these tried & tested restaurants below are all winners! X

    Two Hands – Mott St, “hands down” best Acai bowls in the city;
    ICE & VICE – Clinton Street, insane icecream treats;
    Locanda Verde – Greenwich St, similar vibe to Jacks wife Freda;
    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer – Broome St, icecream milkshakes to die for!
    Westville – Hudson St, truffle fries that’ll keep you coming back for more;
    Carbone – Thompson St, the rigatoni is on another level;
    Sant Ambroeus – Lafayette St, top 5 brunch spot;

  14. Dying to go to Fashion week!
    If I ever get the chance to go this is seriously the BEST post!
    Such great tips, a bunch of other bloggers have been doing this but yours is by far the most detailed and helpful!
    P.S. one thing I’ve noticed with your blog is you never half ass anything like other people do, keep it up!
    xo.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

  15. I love this guide! It’s perfect whether you’re there for NYFW or not – although my dream is to be at NYFW one day!

    x
    Shloka
    thesilksneaker.com

  16. This is so useful! Possibly going to NY this december! What’s your favorite site for shooting photos?
    Maria Eugenia . thegirlonanisland.com

  17. Liz samson says on September 7, 2016

    You should try Grand Banks floating oyster bar? Even better if the weather stays nice

  18. Great sharing! Would definitely check out those eater spots, shopping locations and chill/HH places. Lovely :D

  19. Crave fishbar in Midtown east also has delicious happy hour oysters! The oysters from the west coast are quite sizable :)