Working hard to maintain their standing, longtime scene favorites like Boom Boom and Electric Room upped the ante this season, playing private venue to shows by The Kills, Wu Tang Clan, and Solange Knowles. Meanwhile, newer spots like the long-awaited Le Baron and Tribeca's Super Linda established themselves as leaders of the pack, both hosting Purple magazine's painfully cool two-part, bi-annual party. From nightlife trailblazers to runway road kill, here are the top 25 hotspots that defined fashion week and will set the scene for the next six months of parties. Yes, the fashion should take center stage, but let’s be honest, sometimes it's more fun to see models dancing on tables than walking the runway.
The Tents, show venue
The Theatre (969 seats)
The Stage (740 seats)
The Studio (396 seats)
The Box (125 seats)
If you’re showing at the tents for Fashion Week, it’s likely that you’ve hit the big league. From Charlotte Ronson to Carolina Herrera, Lincoln Center is a New York editor's epicenter, and it is from here that any real NYFW should (and does) begin.
Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (at Columbus Avenue);212- 875-5456.
Goodness, restaurant: For the second year running, model Elettra Wiedemann has opened her pop-up restaurant GOODNESS at the Museum of Art and Design. Superchefs Mario Batali, Alain Allegretti, Julian Medina, and Leo Forneas will take turns from the 11 to the 14 to offer up the most delicious – and healthiest, obviously – dishes to the Fashion Week diners. If you’re hoping for Batali’s famously calorific pork belly pasta, you’ll probably be disappointed.
Goodness, 2 Columbus Circle (at 58th and Broadway); no number.
Lincoln, restaurant: The restaurant of choice for midlevel editors and buyers looking to sneak a cocktail between shows. Located at the heart of the uptown fashion week action, the all glass pavilion isn’t the place to plan your night around, but there’s some decent people watching to be done. Oh, and if anyone asks, that’s water. Not a gin and tonic.
Lincoln, 142 West 65th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues); 212-359-6500.
Empire Hotel, hotel / bar: Having seen its cool standing skyrocket with the moving of Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, the Empire is reliving its glory days (and yes, this is Chuck Bass' fictional home). Rachel Zoe is showing her fall '12 collection here, and the rooftop bar is the location for several reasonably exciting fashion parties – a good comeback destination with a fun but not insanely chic crowd (aka don't the Courtin-Clarins).
Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd Street (at Columbus Avenue); 212-265-7400.
Starbucks, café: Okay, maybe Starbucks doesn’t have the most amazing coffee blends around, but three days into the week, most of the industry will consider chewing whole old grinds if it means a quicker shot of energy. Expect to hear the words “skinny triple shot” shrieked throughout the day as the crowd claws for that extra boost. As the location closest to Lincoln Centre, this 'Bucks will be a revolving fashion door.
Starbucks, 1889 Broadway (at 63rd Street); 347-478-5360.
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