Places to Eat & Drink During New York Fashion Week

It’s a little known secret that it was New York (and not Paris) that witnessed the first Fashion Week in 1943. While Paris, London and Milan had long-established couture houses, America was always seen as less experienced and less respected. Yet that all changed for good in the 1990's when Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang and the likes of Tory Burch exploded onto the world stage and turned heads (for all the right reasons). Now, New York Fashion Week is a huge deal. Routinely drawing a sum of around 100,000 people- and the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Bella Hadid- it grosses between $435 million each year for the NYC economy as attendees flood into local restaurants, hotels and retail stores. With the city awash in supermodels, legendary designers and high-profile fashionistas, we thought we'd round up the 10 best spots for people watching. (Photo credit: flaunter.com, Unsplash).

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Public Hotel

Fashion A-listers flock to the Public Hotel rooftop during NYFW. Last year, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and practically every other model imaginable were partying there after the shows. Go for the best buzz in town.

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The Beekman

Inside New York's famously cool Beekman Hotel, you'll find Augustine, the buzzy bar, and Temple Court, the restaurant. Both are NYC hotspot at the best of times, not to mention for Fashion Week (Valentino hosted his Pre-Fall 2017 fashion show there). Think low-level lighting, antique furniture & people watching heaven.

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1 Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge

What could be more dazzling than fashion against one of the best views of the New York city skyline? From Bulgari to Beyonce, everyone-who's-anyone have hosted parties here. With floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous design, it's worth traipsing over to Brooklyn for.

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The Blond

Tucked away inside 11 Howard hotel, extremely beautiful people tend to hang out at the upscale bar, The Blond and super gorgeous restaurant Le Coucou. Located where Little Italy and Chinatown meet Soho, it makes a convenient central meet-up spot that's perfect for fashionistas in between shows.

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Dirty French

Packed with the Lower East Side cool crowd, Dirty French is fun, lively and a magnet for big names. Everyone from Madonna to Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz have been seen partying until the small hours. Go for a post-show night out.

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The Polo Bar

Exclusive and discrete, Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar is a quintessential spot for the fashion jet-set. During NYFW, you can expect a permanent slew of paparazzi at door.

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The Baccarat Hotel

When the creme-de-la-creme of the international fashion press are done recovering from their jetlag inside Baccarat's Spa De La Mer, you can expect to see them Instagramming against the hotel's glittering red Baccarat chandeliers and fine art stacked salon-style in The Bar. Pop-in for a post-show cocktail.

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The Gramercy Park Hotel bar is a renowned hotspot for the city’s most talked about fashion week after-parties. Elegant, dimly lit, and decorated with Andy Warhol's, go for a very cool cocktail.

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Eleven Madison Park

This fine dining restaurant located in the heart of New York City is a serious magnet for heads of industry and the most influential editors. If you can get a reservation, it truly is one of the best restaurants in the world.

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Located on the 7th floor of the legendary fashion emporium, with sweeping views of Central park, and a cool interior designed by Kelly Wearstler, BG Restaurant is perfect for a light lunch or snack during the day. During NFW, outfits here will be on-point.