Restaurants to visit in NYC Design Week

From May 11–23, 2018, New York City will be a magnet to the international design crowd as NY Design Week begins. Spread across across the city’s five boroughs, it draws around 350,000 well-heeled attendees and designers from across the globe. From cool exhibitions, to quirky installations, epic trade shows to open studios and discussions, we rounded up our most stylish girlfriends in the industry and asked them where to eat, cocktail and catch-up in-between shows. Photo:Ali Marel on Unsplash

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La Mercerie Cafe

A new Soho street cafe, from the team behind the perennially chic brasserie, Le Coucou; La Mercerie Cafe offers all day, French fare from acclaimed Parisian female chef Marie-Aude Rose. Designed by Manhattan-based design stalwart Roman and Williams, the interiors are so sumptuous that they can be purchased on the spot - from the chairs to the small plates. It's a designers haven.

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Little King

Little King is a cozy cocktail den and restaurant, hidden behind a busy East Williamsburg fruit and veg shop. Dark and broody with luxurious finishes- like the gleaming original Ralph Walker doorway- it's reminiscent of a once-grand train station: beautiful, but unassuming. The perfect spot for a 'design geek' catch up after a full day of trade shows.

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THE GRILL is Mid-Century Manhattan at its' finest and arguably the city's most beautifully designed bar right now. Sit beneath Richard Lippold’s iconic ceiling sculpture and sip on one of their classic martinis, poured from cut crystal decanters. New York cocktail culture does not get much better than this.

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Flora Bar

One of those museum restaurants that stays open well beyond museum hours and has a buzz in its own right: Flora Bar is widely regarded as a masterpiece of brutalist style. Located inside the Met Breuer museum, it's all blunt concrete and granite and is reminiscent of Madison Avenue in the 70s. Renowned for extraordinary small plates and extensive wine list, if you are passing during the day you can pop to Flora Coffee next door, for a pastry and coffee.

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Chinese Tuxedo

Fancy dining in a former opera house in downtown New York City? Located on historic Doyers Street, as soon as you step inside Chinese Tuxedo, you feel whisked away from the gritty streets of Chinatown. While New York's Asian theme restaurants are a dime a dozen, this historic theater turned dramatic, sunken dining room, is really beautiful and continues to be a magnet for design-lovers.

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BLACKBARN Cafe and Bar

BLACKBARN is a new cafe-cum-store at Chelsea Market that offers seasonal, rustic fare in a modern farmhouse-style atmosphere that's so design-chic, you can purchase the flatware, glasses, linens and pretty much everything else in there. Inspired by interior designer Mark Zeff's Hamptons home, Chef John Doherty (who helmed the kitchen at the Waldorf-Astoria in it’s glory years) serves comfort classics like Grilled Tuna Nicoise, Wild Mushroom Toast, and the Mission Fig Pizza.

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Legacy Records

From the team behind the oh-so vibey Charlie Bird, Legacy Records is an opulent new bar and restaurant designed by the famously lavish Ken Fulk. Decked out in emerald greens, golds, and mahogany, expect to see stylists on power meet-ups between shows. There is an 85-seat restaurant, a walk-up café, two private dining rooms and, of course, a cocktail and wine bar.

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An oldie, but a perennial cult-favorite, Jean-Georges' first restaurant is set in a duplex townhouse on the Upper East Side. With a farm-to-table, organic and local-sourced menu, it's casual but upscale and perfect for an understated but professional meet-up.

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Ferris restaurant

Flatiron’s cool Made Hotel now houses a cool restaurant: Ferris. The chef is ex Eleven Madison Park alum, Greg Proechel, and the vibe is casual and creative with the type of Hygge influences that always draw the design crowd. On the menu, you'll find artisan touches galore, lots of charred broccolini and things like eggplant jam, while the cocktails come from the vets of legendary cocktail houses Death and Company and Maison Premiere.

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10 Simon & The Whale and Studio

Simon & The Whale and Studio

Close to the high-end design scene, in the midst of Flatiron District, Simon & the Whale is located inside the Freehand Hotel and it has quietly become one the best places to eat and drink in the area. The attractive space is from the same people who did the oh-so hip Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery. Note: reservations can be tough to secure as it's open for dinner only.