New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week moved to Lincoln Center in 2010. The Upper West Side, the neighborhood Lincoln Center calls home, isn’t exactly the trendiest of areas (and we are being polite). That being said there are a variety of options for gourmands, beauty fiends, and those out there who just want a nice strong drink to end the day with. We’ve even found a spot to take a luxe nap. Here, our favorite spots in the neighborhood for a fashion week sojourn.
In need of a chic cocktail then Nougatine at Jean Georges is your best bet. Grab a seat at the bar, order a French 75 and chow down on the free bar snacks (we've been known to make a meal of them in a pinch). 1 Central Park West; jean-georges.com.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental boasts some of the luxurious treatments around. Our personal favorite is the Oriental Harmony Massage, a two hour treatment where you'll be rubbed down by two people. It runs $625, but it is so worth it. 80 Columbus Circle; mandarinoriental.com.
One of the coolest under the radar museums in New York City, The Museum of Arts and Design is definitely worthy of a visit. The penthouse restaurant, Robert, also makes the perfect lunch spot. 2 Columbus Circle; madmuseum.org.
In need of dim sum, look no further then Shun Lee Cafe, the less expensive offshoot of the gourmet Chinese mainstay Shun Lee West. The restaurant boasts chic black and white decor and there are over 60 dim sum choices on offer, so step outside of your pork dumpling box when ordering. 43 W. 65th St.; shunleewest.com.
Épicerie Boulud is a Lincoln Center area gem courtesy of Daniel Boulud. Farmstand cheeses, charcuterie and even a raw bar ensure that this isn't a run of the mill eat and run takeout joint. 1900 Broadway; danielnyc.com.
Tired beyond belief and want to take a nap? Enter Yelo Spa where you can nap for between 20 to 40 minutes for $1 a minute. Guests sleep in individual cabins underneath a cashmere blanket and get the choice of music or white noise. They are then awakened gradually with simulated sunrise. 315 W. 57th St.; yelospa.com.
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Magnolia Bakery rose to fame in an episode of Sex and the City that aired in 2000. Since, the brand has been in expansion mode, and lucky for us there is now a location on the Upper West Side to indulge in the bakery's famed cupcakes (if you haven't tried the Hummingbird variety, run). 200 Columbus Avenue; magnoliabakery.com.
Inside Jazz at Lincoln Center you'll find Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, which offers soaring views of Central Park, cabaret seating and nightly jazz performances from top jazz stars. A night at Dizzy's is truly one of those only in New York experiences. 33 W. 60th St.; jalc.org.
There isn't a lot of cutting edge shopping on the Upper West Side of New York City. An exception to the rule is beauty boutique Space NK Apothecary that stocks products from the likes of Darphin and David Kirch. 217 Columbus Avenue. spacenk.com.
Right across the street from Lincoln Center is The Empire Hotel's Rooftop Bar and Lounge, just about the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail outdoors. There is even a pool if you want to take a dip. 4 W. 63rd St.; empirehotelnyc.com.