All the excitement and glitz of New York Fashion Week extends across the city this week, and that makes every meal out a special affair. If you want to meet your friends for a bite before or after catching the biggest couture shows of 2023 and be among the finest dressed here are a few venues that should make your list. Take a look at these 5 restaurants great for eating, drinking, and unwinding in style during NYFW.
Katsuya NYC (398 10th Ave.) serves up traditional sushi reimagined alongside creative cocktails in Manhattan West. Executive Chef Katsuya Uechi's sushi menu is filled with ocean-fresh seafood, unique ingredients, and flawless technique you won't find anywhere else. Along with Chef Katsuya's famous Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice and Katsuya's Classic Signature Menu for $95 per person, the menu offers sashimi and raw starters, sushi, hot cooking dishes, and robata to wow your company.
Casa Dani (448 W. 33rd St.), aptly translated to Dani's House, introduces diners to the homestyle flavors of Spain's Mediterranean south and Chef Dani Garcia’s inspiration. With three Michelin stars and the Bib Gourmand in 2015, Garcia is one of Spain's most well-known chefs abroad. His cuisine combines unusual flavors, textures, and even temperatures without straying too far from his culinary roots. Dinner is served at Casa Dani seven nights a week and features show-stopping highlights like a massive Marisco Paella with shrimp, mussels, salmoretta, and saffron available for table side serving.
Loulou (176 8th Avenue) is a gorgeous French bistro and speakeasy with one of the most beautiful dining areas in the city (and in Chelsea). The sultry flower-bedazzled spot offers special signature dishes including the Loulou Burger, created with grass-fed beef, cheddar, and caramelized onions, the Duck Leg Confit with apple rosemary puree, gala chutney, and the Steak Frites from Executive Chef Jarett Brodie. Additionally, there is a sizable range of exquisitely prepared cocktails that you can have in the dining area or in the speakeasy by passing through a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine door on 8th Avenue.
Carroll Place (157 Bleecker St) is a traditional Italian American wine bar and gastropub serving up delightful plates of comforting eats in Greenwich. The authentic wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta dishes, and meat and cheese boards on Chef John DeLucie's menu go wonderfully with the restaurant's handcrafted cocktails, beers, and 25 wines by the glass. The interior, clothed in rich red velvet, deep wood finishes, glimmering chandeliers, and warm lights is also a plus for photo ops and flirty outings.
Kissaki with locations on Bowery (319 Bowery) and on the Upper West Side (286 Columbus Ave) honors traditional Japanese cuisine in the Upper West Side through mindful sourcing, seasonality, and high-quality ingredients. Executive Chef Edgar Valerio's menu, full of omakase and specialty sushi sets, takes diners on an adventure of the senses with traditional kaiseki influences and seafood sourced from Japan. Menu highlights include a $65 Lunch Omakase, offered Saturday and Sunday between 12 pm - 3 pm and featuring dishes like Miso Soup, a Chef's Selection of 6 Nigiri Pieces and 1 Hand Roll, and the $150 15-Course Omakase with a Chef's Selection of 3 Appetizers, 10 Nigiri Pieces, 1 Hand Roll, and Dessert.