Fashion Week is still upon us, and as designers show off their latest and greatest, fashionistas will be watching with bated breath to get ahead of Spring 2014’s hottest trends. If you’re determined to step up your fashion game this Fall, why stop at your attire? These fabulous New York restaurants are stylish, deliciously on-trend, and a great way to celebrate all that is current and chic in Manhattan.
What better way to earn style points than by dining in a restaurant that’s a work of art in and of itself? Aquavit is a unique upscale Scandanavian restaurant, bar and lounge with modern Nordic cuisine, fabulous drinks, and a truly innovative design courtesy of renowned Scandanavian designer Arne Jacobsen. Let’s face it: nowhere else in New York could you find yourself lounging on a Swan Sofa, snacking on smoked quail eggs and radish, and sipping on a spicy mango margarita.
65 E 55th St, New York NY 10022
One of the marks of a great designer is the ability to take any raw material and make it into something beautiful, and Bacaro is proof that restaurants can live up to the same standard. Tucked away in a somewhat shady street in Chinatown, this beautiful Venetian osteria and wine bar was once an aquarium. Now it’s a sultry, clandestine dinner spot perfect for dates, intimate gatherings, or anyone who wants a taste of true Venetian cuisine and an opportunity to feel effortlessly mysterious. Popular menu items are the whole-wheat pasta with duck ragu, pasta with cuttlefish ink and pork shank.
136 Division St, New York, NY 10002
Green is in this Fall, and it’s the perfect excuse to head to this restaurant whose name, when translated from Italian, literally means “green inn.” Don’t worry—there are a host of other, far more appealing reasons to stop by this ultra-trendy Tribeca brunch spot. For starters, the man who owns the place is none other than Mr. Robert DeNiro himself. His co-owner and executive chef is Andrew Carmellini, once executive chef at Michelin starred Café Boulud. Most importantly, the food is genuinely good. If you come for the highly-acclaimed brunch, treat yourself to the lemon ricotta pancakes or hazelnut-crusted French toast with sour cherries and mint.
The Greenwich Hotel: 377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
4. Pour George
Although sports bars are not usually havens for the style-conscious, Pour George is worth a visit for its upscale, elegant take on traditional comfort food. You won’t find any sloppy sports snacks or mediocre drinks at this East Village gastropub; instead, check out their wild boar burger with fingerling frites, truffle mac and cheese, or cod fritters with spicy remoulade. When you’ve finished your main course, don’t miss out on the green apple cobbler with bourbon-pecan gelato. Pour George also serves an impressive variety of beers, wines, specialty cocktails, and whiskey flights. While you’re there, make sure to ask about one of New York’s hottest drink trends: the pickle-back shot. Chasing a shot of whiskey with pickle juice may not seem particularly appetizing, but at Pour George you’re in good hands, so give it a try!
35 W 8th St New York, NY 10011
When it in doubt, French cuisine is always a fashionable option. Nestled on a quiet street amidst the beautiful brownstones of Harlem, Cedric is a cozy French bistro with all the benefits of Harlem’s laid-back, friendly vibe. Regular customers and newcomers flock here for “Moules Frites”—five exquisite flavors of mussels & fries, stellar cocktails, and live jazz music. Harlem is already an increasingly stylish place to live and dine, and Cedric is undeniably one of the superstars of an already dazzling neighborhood. Come here for happy hour, Monday-Friday 5-7 pm and savor the flawlessly cool atmosphere of this delightful neighborhood spot.
185 St Nicholas Ave, New York NY 10026