• The whirlwind of excitement that is New York Fashion Week kicks off this week. And as with all things in life, to fully enjoy it, it’s best to keep yourself nourished amidst the madness. To help make that a little easier — and as yummy as possible — we put together a dining cheat sheet with restaurant recommendations near three of the major venues. If you’re going to the shows, read on and plan accordingly. And if you’re not, we suggest making a res anyway! Good food is always a good idea, and fashion-spotting in the area is one the swooniest parts of the week.

    Near Skylight Clarkson Square

    Sessanta (pictured above, image by Winnie Au)
    60 Thompson Street (between Spring and Broome streets)
    This isn’t the first time we’ve swooned over Sessanta’s midcentury Italian interior and simple yet meticulously-crafted Italian cuisine; you may recall Athena cooking a pasta dish together with Chef Paul DiBari and dining with co-owner John McDonald, (whose partner is Steven Eckler). Well, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the restaurant, now’s the perfect time! While you’re there, try their signature Linguini A.O.P. — you can take a peek at our post for the recipe.

    18 King Street (at 6th Avenue)
    This brand-spanking-new restaurant is run by a team from London, chefs Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt, and manager Annie Shi. It serves simple, seasonal food with Mediterranean influences — a combination that always piques our interest here at EyeSwoon. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes that draw inspiration from France and Italy, like Provencal fish stew and whipped salt cod with tomato bruschetta.

    Where to Dine During NYFW | The Gordon Bar

    The Gordon Bar (pictured above)
    60 Thompson Street (between Spring and Broome streets)
    If you’re more in the mood for light bites and cocktails than a full-on meal, head to the uber-chic and handsome The Gordon Bar inside the newly-renovated hotel Sixty SoHo. Signature cocktails include the blackstrap rum and ginger beer-based Sixty Stormy and the Casa Dragones tequila and grapefruit-focused Canelazo Spiced Toddy. Behind The Gordon Bar are Jason Pomeranc, co-founder of Sixty Hotels, along with the Sessanta crew, John McDonald, Steven Eckler and Chef Paul DiBari.

    Hundred Acres
    38 MacDougal Street (at Prince Street)
    Its neighborhood-y, casual environment and farm-to-table fare make Hundred Acres a popular weekend brunch spot, but the resto is also an excellent option between shows. Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja and downtown restaurateurs Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer serve up a recently revamped, Mediterranean-inspired menu, including dishes like house-made stracciatella and pan-roasted porgy.

    Near Skylight at Moynihan Station
    Where to Dine During NYFW | La Pecora Bianca

    La Pecora Bianca (pictured above)
    1133 Broadway (at 26th Street)
    This Italian spot, located in the heart of NoMad, opens at 8am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends, making it just as great of a pre-show option as it is for lunch or dinner. Its pastas are house-made, with plenty of gluten-free options, should you or your party be so inclined. Settle in with an Aperol spritz and enjoy the light, laid-back atmosphere. The restaurateur behind La Pecora Bianca is Mark Barak of the ever-popular Claudette.

    The John Dory Oyster Bar
    1196 Broadway (at 29th Street)
    Located just off the lobby of the Ace Hotel, April Bloomfield & Ken Friedman’s buzzing seafood restaurant always delivers with its fresh oysters and copious cocktail selection. The vibe is playfully nautical with bright blue and green chairs, black tile and copper tables. Aside from the oysters, of course, treat yourself to specialties like chorizo-stuffed squid and the Sardinian sandwich snack, carta di musica with bottarga and chili — a dish beloved by many, including Anthony Bourdain.

    Near MADE at Milk Studios
    Where to Dine During NYFW | Craft

    Craft (pictured above)
    43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park streets)
    Looking to slow things down and treat yourself to some no-fail fine dining? Chef Tom Colicchio’s James Beard Award-winning Craft has been a standout in the NYC restaurant scene since it opened 15 years ago. With its stunningly simple dishes using the best possible local ingredients, Craft is a classic, consistently delicious New York establishment. You really can’t go wrong here, but highlights include the Craft burger with Amish cheddar and caramelized onion on a brioche bun and a fluke crudo with melon pickled ginger and Delfino cilantro.

    156 10th Avenue (at West 20th Street)
    Vicki Freeman and Chef Marc Meyer’s homey American outpost is a Chelsea staple. It’s always a good time for Cookshop, and the restaurant’s convenient location makes it a great pick during New York Fashion Week for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Expect uncomplicated seasonal fare and dishes like a watermelon and cucumber salad, B.L.T. or seared sea scallops.

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