It’s hard enough to get into Mario Batali’s famed Babbo restaurant on a sleepy Tuesday. Factor in fashion week, and you might as well forget about it. Newly opened hotspots including Graydon Carter’s reincarnated Beatrice Inn will be just as difficult.
We’ve assembled a list of the toughest restaurant reservations to score during New York fashion week. Want our advice on how to get a table at one of these spots? Call in a favor (hey, it works). Connected hotel concierges can also help. Another option, wait till the day of that you are wishing to dine, and call the restaurant in the early afternoon, cancellations are known to happen.
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Swedish themed brasserie Acme is a favorite of the fashion glitterati including designers like Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra. A primetime dinner reservation here is not going to be easy to come by during fashion week. 9 Great Jones St.; acmenyc.com.
A reservation at Mario Batali's mainstay Babbo is not easy to come by in general (most tables book up a month in advance). Expect fashion week to only add to the difficulty of securing a reservation here considering that fashion stars like Rachel Zoe consider this their favorite restaurant. Check the restaurant's Twitter feed for last minute cancellations. 110 Waverly Place; babbonyc.com.
Eleven Madison Park is unveiling its new menu on September 7th (smack in the middle of fashion week). The restaurant has always been a haven for foodies and the new menu and dining experience will pay tribute to the culture and history of New York City. The restaurant will also feature magic tricks (yes you've read correctly) and the tasting only menu will run you $195 a head. 11 Madison Avenue; elevenmadisonpark.com.
The Beatrice Inn was once one of the toughest doors to crack in New York City nightlife. The spot has been re-imagined by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter (who is behind other New York restaurants including the Waverly Inn and Monkey Bar) as a quiet neighborhood spot. Still, considering the buzz around this spot, expect this to be the place to eat dinner this fashion week. 285 W. 12th St.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen is a celebrity hotspot, which often draws the likes of David Beckham and Britney Spears. If you haven't booked a table here yet for fashion week, let's just say you won't be getting in. 35 E. 18th St.; abckitchennyc.com.
Seafood power restaurant Marea is a favorite of Vogue editor Anna Wintour (granted she never orders off the menu, but that's a moot point). Considering this restaurant's close proximity to the Lincoln Center tents, this will be a tough reservation to come by. 240 Central Park South; marea-nyc.com.
Indochine has been a sceney restaurant since it opened its door over a decade ago. Still, it remains a favorite with fashion power players including Diane von Fursteberg and Carine Roitfeld. 430 Lafayette St.; indochinenyc.com.
The Standard Grill is a favorite dining destination for Elle Creative Director Joe Zee and even Karl Lagerfeld, who both favor sitting in the restaurant's clubby booths. You might want to call in that favor you've been holding onto to get in here during fashion week. 848 Washington St.; standardhotels.com.