Like migrating birds, every year designers, celebs and long-legged models are drawn to the fashion weeks in autumn. The fashionistas’ circus begins on 10th September in New York City. If you’re not partying non-stop at chic after-show parties, then why not explore the city’s newest hotspots.
White Street “It’s hard to think of a classier opening”, the New Yorker Magazine rejoiced when the restaurant started up in the heart of Tribeca. Ornate crystal chandeliers, emerald velvet curtains, tufted leather banquettes (and good-looking waiters in open shirts) helped them arrive at this verdict. In a former 19th-century armoury (insanely high ceilings!) Head Chef Floyd Cardoz serves herb-crusted cod, spinach and artichoke ravioli and braised beef. There’s cocktails beforehand in the Lounge – with fennel syrup, candied lavender crumble and rye whiskey. White Street, 221 West Broadway Mmuseum The smallest museum in New York City opened for its fourth season at the end of May. It shows curios from around the world over seven square metres in an abandoned elevator shaft in Tribeca. Only three people at a time are allowed to view the leather shoe that was thrown at George W. Bush in 2008 or 200 swatted mosquitoes from New Delhi. The location even houses a museum café – or more precisely, the owners have installed a cappuccino machine on the wall. The Mmuseum opened a second venue next door only a few weeks ago. “Sara Berman’s Closet” is the name of the current exhibition: Artist Maira Kalman has reconstructed her deceased mother’s white wardrobe. Mmuseumm, 4 Cortlandt Alley Lupulo A Portuguese person who cooks Portuguese cuisine in NYC? They’re a rare breed. George Mendes is probably the most well known. With his restaurant Aldea he even cooked up a Michelin star. His second restaurant, Lupulo on the ground floor of the Eventi Hotel, is comparatively down-to-earth. Half of the drinks menu is just beer, many of which are on tap (try the Portuguese lager Sagres). The dishes are also unpretentious, including fish stew, cochon de lait and goat terrine, and grilled chicken. If you want to order expensive champagne here, you’ll be disappointed. Instead try the organic Portuguese wine Aphros Loureiro. Lupulo, 835 6th Avenue
Oiji Almost every Korean restaurant serves bibimbap and bulgogi. The South Koreans Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku reinterpret dishes from their homeland. For their restaurant OIJI, they invented a DIY meal called “Chil-jeol-pan Seven Flavors”, whereby guests make their own crêpes. Simply grab a rice flour flatbread from the middle of the plate and fill it with marinated beef, shitake mushrooms, egg or vegetables. Dip it in spicy mustard sauce, fold, eat and enjoy. Oiji, 119 1st Avenue
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar A medley of interior decorators, fashion designers and business bosses. Austrian wine is served here, too. Hardly surprising, bearing in mind world champion sommelier and Tyrolean-born Aldo Sohm is in charge. A big player in the Big Apple, and up to now the wine expert at three-star Le Bernardin. He conceived his own wine bar as a relaxed neighbourhood hangout with 40 wines sold by the glass, comfortable sofas and a huge oak bar taking centre stage – as a table for sommeliers’ shop talk. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, 151 W 51st Street
Happy Bones New Zealand-style flat whites and long blacks? That’s something New Yorkers had to get used to. But now they love the small coffee shop Happy Bones, which is run by an artist collective with an affinity for everything Kiwi. White brick walls, design magazines and a La Marzocco espresso machine that works non-stop – optically, Happy Bones conforms perfectly to what hipsters say is in right now. Co-founder Jason Woodside (married to a New Zealander) has put his money on organic coffee and names his coffee creations after skateboard tricks. Like the 50/50 – half double espresso, half frothed milk. Happy Bones, 394 Broome Street
Burkelman Online design shop, now offline. Across 140 square metres, David Kimelman and Kevin Burke present modern home appliances, furniture, accessories and jewellery. Previously, David had been busy as a photographer for 15 years, Kevin as a fashion freak. Then they launched a website for design aficionados. And now they have their own shop. They are especially proud of their handmade ceramic objects. They mostly come from New York itself, e.g. from Workaday Handmade in Brooklyn. Burkelman, 101 Main Street, Cold Spring
Sneaker Concierge Frist, the Dream Downtown Hotel in the heart of Manhattan pimped up its penthouse with a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi, Minotti furniture and luxury décor. Then it created the post of Sneaker Concierge for its occupants. Vaughn Davis, Director of Guest Services and long-time collector of trainers, took the job. Since then, he’s been looking for the most outlandish and rarest sneakers in the world for his clients. Six to eight pairs are ordered on average each week (prices from $550). The most sought-after pair are Nike Air Jordans in red and black. Sneaker Concierge, 355 W 16th Street