Manhattan is a magnet for fashion and those that orbit the many areas of the industry, designers, artists, fabric mongers and agents. Not least of which include the most visible part: the ever-desirable fashion model. Uptown, downtown and all around the town you find those leggy, ever younger men and women with the moldable gaze and “come hither, I’m aloof” look. Towering young beauties from the heartland of America.
When in New York, people watching are part of the sport of heading out to the bars, clubs, restaurants and the trendier “speakeasy”. Those seeking a prime view of high cheekbones and the celebrities who seek the same, here is our choice of the best NYC bars for fashion model spotting before, during and after fashion week in Manhattan.
The Red Egg, New York
Red Egg is a modern take of the traditional Chinese teahouse and at the intersection of Chinatown, Nolita and SoHo promotes the hip diversity that attracts the beautiful people. There are some spots tucked in and out of Chinatown that has become rather hot for the youthful hip, so it is no surprise that models flock to Red Egg considering its location. Red Egg started hosting dance nights during Fashion Week, which has attracted models, designers and editors alike. Friday and Saturday the DJs play anything from Nineties R&B to British punk. Red Egg, 202 Centre Street, New York, 10013-3613
The London Bar at The London NYC
The London NYC is a rather stylish hotel in the heart of New York’s Midtown. The bar is wonderful and populated by Manhattan’s elite including models during Fashion Week. Consistently awarded two Michelin stars, if its food you want after a couple drinks, chef de cuisine Markus Glocker provides a not to be forgotten dining experience set within The London NYC. It’s intimate as well. Offering only forty-five seats, designer David Collins has created the perfect intimate ambiance for any special moment or occasion. Consistently awarded two Michelin stars. The London Bar 151 W. 54th St. New York City, NY
Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar
What better way to see Manhattan than from a lofty perch surrounded by beautiful people? Celebrating Fashion Week’s return, the Empire Hotel rooftop bar located on the 12th floor offers impressive views of Lincoln Center as well as the Broadway & Columbus Avenue. Sip in style with the Empire’s unique “Don’t Feed The Models” martini. A delicious thinning martini using organic cucumber vodka, cucumber juice, lime juice, simple syrup and mint. The Empire Hotel has even partnered with Moises de la Renta (son of Oscar de la Renta) to custom design a signature dress for the hotel’s “Fashion Week Ambassadors. Empire Hotel 44 W. 63rd St. NY, NY
This dimly lit East Village hideaway is too “now” to have a website (and the first rule of a modern day speakeasy) and yet reservations would be smart. Elsa is the place where models appear and hanger-ons do too. Elsa 217 East 3rd Street New York, New York 10009
The Cabin Down Below
Sort of easy, and most definitely fun to find (under a pizza shop) close to 7th and Avenue A and crammed with people, The Cabin Down Below rewards all efforts. Great for drinking and celeb watching. The Cabin Below 132 East 7th Street, NYC 10009
The Standard Hotel: The Boom Boom Room, Living Room and Biergarten
The Standard has the market on celebrity entertainment. Here you have a trifecta of good times and people watching with the popular Boom Boom Room, The Living Room and for a kitschy taste of Bavaria, The Biergarten.
The Boom Boom Room sits on top of the hotel delivers opulence, cushy leather, hot tub action, expensive drinks and meatpacking views. Ever popular with celebrities and models, it may be difficult for the middle class to get in. Once there enjoy the view. Adjacent to The Standard, New York hotel lobby is The Living Room, a comfortably modish lounge overlooking the grand plaza and serves small Mediterranean plates, carafes of wine and cocktails with lightly throbbing dj spins most nights. Not enough to drink? If the popular Boom Boom is impossible to get in you can always try the Standard’s Biergarten. Germany Hofbrau underneath the High Line, featuring ever flowing steins, girls in lederhosen and a classic German menu complete with sausages, bratwurst mit brot and maybe even spaetzle.