With Fashion Week events going on all over town, you will need a place to rest and recharge. Here are three stylish and fun suggestions for pitstops that will keep up your fashion stamina. (See details on all the shows at this link).
For a bit of lux in midtown, stop in at Armani Ristorante, created by the master himself, Giorgio Armani. Though opened nearly a decade ago, the restaurant remains a magnet for the well-heeled perched above Fifth Avenue. The menu provides an innovative, yet authentic takes on the cuisine of Italy—meld that with an aperitif cocktails for the perfect Fashion Week pit stop.
EAT: (photo at the top of this post) The Casoncelli happens to be Mr. Armani’s favorite comfort pasta, typical of his hometown of Piacenza. It’s a dreamy mix of plump, top-pleated ravioli stuffed with buffalo and sheep ricotta and fresh spinach—adorned with melted butter and sage that will shake the cold right out of your bones.
DRINK: Go with a Classic Negroni: gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to really unwind.
Armani Ristorante, 717 5th Ave (SE corner 56th St), open for lunch and dinner
For those who fit into the gluten-free category, you can indulge in ample pasta options. The restaurant, located under the High Line by the Whitney Museum, specializes in light Italian cuisine focused on fish and vegetables, with all dishes available as gluten-free. Get your Fashion Week energy revitalized here.
EAT: The Rigatoni Ashley, from executive chef Ashley Eddie, is a sensational rigatoni with a helping of pumpkin seed pesto to die for.
DRINK: The Santina Martini is an sunshine-y mix of gin, chamomile and bergamot.
Santina, 820 Washington St (betw Gansevoort/Little W 12), open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Artsy, edgy, downtown, Dirty French always feels like that secret rendezvous spot. Perfect for meeting that special someone—or just another hungry pal and enjoy the vibe. The menu features timeless dishes of the classic French bistro, but enlivens them with bold global flavors.
EAT: Try the Chicken Maison for Two, herb-brined, then roasted in a mustard crème fraîche, finished tableside with chilies and a Thai basil salad.
DRINK: Perfect for the end of the night, the Imperial Planters Punch for two, which mixes Trinidad and Martinique rums, spices, fresh grapefruit, and lime. If punch is not for you, be sure to check out their wine list which houses unique bottles from France.
Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St (below Houston St), open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner