There's a reason why BONDST has been a go-to NYC spot for over a decade. Situated in a historic Soho-style brownstone that belies a sleek, spare interior, the 3-floor eatery serves up modern Japanese with some decidedly European influences, plus a crowd that's as fash-forward as it is foodie. Last week, we decided to forgo the main dining room for a more secluded tête-à-tête in the intimate lounge, tucked below street level. With a new cocktail program we've been dying to try out, we may have been a tad ambitious in sticking to one drink—the menu includes everything from a signature Lychee Martini, an Asian Pear cocktail (Maker's Mark, pear nectar, and sparkling pear cider), and a Shisito Pepper Margarita (pepper agave, tequila, yuzu lemon foam, and shisito pepper). To get in on the Tokyo vibe (albeit a little less frenetic), we decided to put together an outfit perfect for a late night nibble-and-sip (the crispy tuna rolls are dangerously good). There's lots of Japanese designers, natch, and one amazing cheap thrill, plus a bunch of patterns, textured surfaces, and a slinky silhouette that will make you stand out without looking like you're Lost In Translation.
BONDST, 6 Bond Street (between Broadway and Lafayette Street); 212-777-2500.
Clockwise, from top left: Tsumori Chisato Drapey Knit Pullover, $359, available at La Garçonne, 447 Broadway (between Grand and Canal streets); 866-887-8707 (returns only); Urban Oufitters Filigree Ring, $18, available at Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway (between Bleecker and West Houston streets); 212-475-0009; Joseph Water Reptile Image Pants, $220, available at Joseph, 816 Madison Avenue (between 68th and 68th streets); 212-570-0077; Topshop Granite Elastic Wedge, $125, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-9555; Pleats Please Issey Miyake Bilbao Lucent Combo Bag, $450, available at Pleats Please Issey Miyake, 128 Wooster Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-226-3600.