The beginning of September is one of the most exciting times to be in New York. The Hamptons empty out and the Metropolis refills with a citizenry ready to get back up to city speeds. Add to the mix a serious dash of glamour, as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is underway. Even if you’re not haunting the catwalks, you can catch models and sages of style in and around Lincoln Center, the week’s ground zero. You can also enjoy some great food-even if the models can’t–as the Lincoln Center BID rolls out the Fashion Plate Prix Fixe at 25 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. Get caught up with old friends over three-course lunches at Bar Boulud or Porter House New York, or check out the new Tavern on the Green with a double-cocktail bar special. If you’ve been wanting to partake of the modern Italian innovations of Lincoln Ristorante, this is your chance: a two-course prix fixe lunch is waiting, as are incredible views of all the fashion madness on the plaza.
Hotelier Sean MacPherson made his name with downtown hotspots The Bowery Hotel and The Jane. Now he’s brought his game a little further south to the Lower East Side with the opening of the 184-room boutique The Ludlow. As you’d expect from MacPherson et al, the interiors have plenty of character, with nice touches like hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, and artisanal Moroccan pendant lamps. The tiled bathrooms wouldn’t look out of place at nearby Schiller’s. But then you might want to keep it in-house, as the Torrisi crew has just opened Dirty French, putting a downtown twist on Gallic classics (think Moroccan ras el hanout in duck à lorange, or côte de boeuf served two ways.) Thanks to the prime Ludlow location, you could enjoy a jam-packed romantic weekend without ever leaving the block.
High on the Hog
Does anything prime the taste buds like the promise of a porkfest? Head out to Red Hook, Brooklyn Saturday, September 6 for Pig Island, a celebration of all things porcine in lovely Erie Basin Park. Chefs from Revolving Dansk and Dassara Ramen hook up on Danish-Asian crackling pork, while Fort Defiance and The Good Fork team up to pit-roast a whole pig wrapped in seaweed. Chefs from Tavern on the Green to Blue Ribbon Bakery will be in the hunt for best-of-show prizes. One tickets covers everything, including beer, wine, and hard cider, a ferry ride to Red Hook, and live bands all afternoon. If you’re looking for some family entertainment, kids under 12 get in free (and the ferry ride alone will make it worth their while).