New York Fashion Week is upon us. As we gear up for the grueling schedule ahead, it's worth contemplating the culinary pit stops to make between shows, before it's suddenly dinnertime and all you've had is a KIND bar and a handful of almonds. (Or alternatively, if you're not planning on attending, where to dine like a champion while the rest of the city is stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.)
Here, we rounded up nine of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan—all a hop, skip, and jump away from the most popular venues—because, contrary to popular belief, fashion girls eat, too.
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This jewel box-sized restaurant in the West Village is an Instagrammer's dream, complete with neon signs, pink velour banquettes, and picture-perfect cocktails (we're fans of the kale margarita in particular).
183 W. 10th St.; whilewewereyoungnyc.com
Samantha Wasser, co-founder of buzzy vegan chain by CHLOE, adds pasta to her repertoire at this fast-casual Italian spot located a stone's throw away from Little Italy.
186 Mott St.; thesosta.com
The popular Brooklyn eatery's first Manhattan outpost serves up new styles of pizza, including a hybrid pan pie with a crunchy cheese crust and crispy bottom, along with a riff on the coveted Emmy Burger.
35 Downing St.; pizzalovesemily.com
Housed in a former opera house in the heart of Chinatown, the two-level space offers traditional Chinese fare with elevated twists, like crispy eggplant with sichuan and peanut caramel sauce.
5 Doyers St.; chinesetuxedo.com
This glass-box building under the High Line boasts Italian seafood and vegetable dishes from the Torrisi team, along with Mediterranean-inspired interiors (think: white marble tables and palm trees).
820 Washington St.; santinanyc.com
Newly-minted restaurateur Millie Stallings's first opening features a market-driven menu and custom pillows made by illustrator Angela McKay.
29 Clinton St.; minniesonclinton.com
Come for the chic décor, stay for the delicious breakfast bowls and grain-focused plates at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's vegetarian joint.
38 E. 19th St.; abchome.com
Conveniently for out-of-towners, New York's buzziest hotel also has a 150-seat restaurant by Vongerichten, with food that reflects the city's melting pot of cultures (noodles, pizza, and latkes are all on the menu).
215 Chrystie Street; publichotels.com