As I always say, Food Follows Fashion and you will find no better example than right here in Manhattan. Dine where you shop without ever having to leave the store.
Best of Boutique Dining and Flagship Food
Armani Ristorante 5th Avenue, 717 Fifth Ave., 3rd fl. (5 Av/56 St) is Giorgio Armani’s exclusive megastore with an Italian restaurant as the crown on the top. Creative presentation featuring fresh and healthy fare. The dazzling decor by Fuksas is complimented by breathtaking culinary creations.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, 551 Fifth Avenue inside the two-story flagship is frisky and fun. The hip, intimate Marlin Bar features hand-crafted cocktails, while the bright second-floor restaurant is an oasis in the middle of the urban jungle. I can almost hear the waves….
Ralph Lauren Polo Flagship, 711 Fifth Avenue, showcases the Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Polo collections, as well as Ralph’s Coffee. The Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s first-ever restaurant (and pet project) in NYC, an offshoot from Paris is just around the corner on East 55th Street. His dream was the restaurant and he basically built the Flagship around it. Ambiance is of an Ivy League club with an old New York feel; leather banquettes, fireplace and brass topped bar.
ABC Home, 888 and 881 Broadway, is a palace of design and carefully curated collections. The dining options here are equally majestic and distinct. ABC Cocina with Jean-Georges, 38 East 19th Street is locally sourced and globally diverse; the focus is on environmental consciousness. ABC Kitchen with Jean-Georges, 35 East 18th Street, presents a seasonal menu. Both are divine and the décor is a work of art!
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Barney’s, 660 Madison Avenue is world renowned for famous Freds Madison Avenue. Lunch, dinner, and cocktails served daily with brunch on weekends. Also offers full-service on- and off-premise catering and event planning….located on the 9th Floor. Gene’s Café aka GENES@BARNEYS is the place to grab a quick bite and catch up on what’s new and of note in the store. Sit at the digital table and touch screens let you shop at Barneys.com.
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue has two dining options that are as luxurious as the designers offered there. BG Restaurant on the 7th Floor has sensational views of Central Park open for lunch, tea, cocktails and dinner. Good Dish is on the lower Beauty Level and offers sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine and sweet treats.
Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue has something for everyone. 40 Carrots on the 7th Floor; Le Train Bleu is on the 6th floor as well as B Café; a beautiful and bustling Magnolia Bakery and David Burke Restaurant are both on the 1st floor; and Flip is on the lower level. Visit Bloomingdale’s SoHo, 504 Broadway, and treat yourself at 40 Carrots on the 2nd Floor.
Lord & Taylor has both the renowned Sarabeth’s Restaurant, 5th Floor and Sarabeth’s Cafe, 6th Floor. Perfect place to stop for coffee and Sarabeth’s traditional cuisine and treats in a lovely atmosphere.
Macy’s in Herald Square, 34th Street pleases every palate and every price point. Au Bon Pain, the Boston based bakery café, is located on the 8th Floor. The Herald Square Café offers coffee by Starbucks, chocolates by Vosges Haut-Chocolat and champagne from Moët & Chandon; located on the 2nd Floor. Juice Press is on the 8th Floor, Just Salad is on the 4th Floor, McDonald’s is on the 6th floor, and Pinkberry is on the 7th Floor. Chef Street is coming soon featuring four trailers named Taquitoria, Rollie’s, Tabo Noodles and Crumb on Parchment to be debuted in One Below level along with a forthcoming Rowland’s Bar & Grill. Of course Starbucks can be found in multiple locations throughout the store. Stella 34 Trattoria is a modern Italian trattoria offers great views of the Empire State Building from the 6th Floor. Stella 34 is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks at the bar or lounge. Find 6th Floor express elevators at the Macy’s Broadway and 35th Street entrance.
Happy Dining and Happy Shopping!
Faith Hope Consolo is the Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group. Ms. Consolo is responsible for the most successful commercial division of New York City’s largest residential real estate brokerage firm. Email her at email@example.com