Samantha Yanks’ Guide to Gotham
In anticipation of Fashion Week's big move, Glam checked in with a woman who knows the newest hot spots and perennial favorites–Samantha Yanks, editor-in-chief of both Gotham and Hamptons magazines. Here are some stylish picks from New York's ultimate insider.
What is the best thing about Fashion Week moving to Lincoln Center?
Lincoln Center is the epitome of elegance. Nothing is lovelier than seeing beautiful fashion in a gorgeous location.
What new restaurants will you be hitting up this season?
The Darby. I have been to two of the six restaurants at Eataly so hoping to try the rest. The Lambs Club at the Chatwal. Ciano. Drinks on the Terrace at the new W Downtown.
Where is the best spot for lunch near Lincoln Center?
Ed’s Chowder House in the Empire Hotel a little further up Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto is delicious.
What is the best place to go for dinner near Lincoln Center?
David Chang’s Ma Pêche or Spanish Tapas at Graffiti (sit in the outdoor atrium).
Where will fashion insiders be wining and dining this season?
Jonathan Benno’s Lincoln – he was the chef de cuisine at Per Se. Akiva and Sartiano’s The Darby, with Lagerfeld at Chanel’s Soho Club.
What are the best restaurants for potential celebrity sightings?
The Lion, Minetta Tavern, The Standard Grill
What are your favorite spots for a cocktail between the day and evening shows?
I love Jean-George’s restaurant at ABC Kitchen and Joseph Leonard is one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a safe bet you can find me at Balthazar. Also if you’re down on the Bowery check out Peels (from the Freeman’s guys). I also love to have cocktails at the Mandarin – one of the best power spots with the most amazing views of Central Park.
Where do you go if you want to avoid the fashion week crowd?
The garden in my parent’s brownstown on the Upper West Side – conveniently close to Lincoln Center, ahhhh….
Where will the fashion set be partying this season?
Villa Pacri in the Meatpacking District. If you’re uptown LAVO. Dinner and then a swanky night at the Darby for sure.
What are the best stores to hit up between shows?
Interestingly I tend to shop for my apartment during shows rather than for clothing. Escape downtown and go to Elizabeth Bauer, Flair and Haus Interiors in between swing by the new Francois Payard Bakery for a coffee and pastry.
Most Fashionable Florist: I love Marko Matijas julianmarkevents.com, Michael George and Belle Fleur are also great.
Best Shoemaker for Repairing Broken Heels: Village Shoe Repair on University between 9th and 10th. One of salespeople at the Louis Vuitton in Soho recommended them to me years ago and they’re the best.
Best Dry Cleaner for Removing Stains from Your Prada Skirts: Meurice Garment Care – without a doubt
Best Salon for a Quick Blowout: I go to a few places depending on where I am but I love Mizu on Park Avenue and Rita Hazan on 5th.
Best Manicurist: Rescue Beauty Lounge – owner Ji Baek even has a book out about her mani/pedi routine.
Best Car Service if You Get Stuck at Milk in the Rain and Can't get a cab: Not to be brutal, but if you get stuck at Milk and can’t get a cab it’s not likely you are getting a car service either. I have a few private numbers stowed away in my wallet.
Best Caterer for Throwing a Fashion Week Fete: Carla Ruben of Creative Edge Parties did my wedding years ago and I still think she is one of the best. Mary Giuliani Catering is wonderful – Mary is just lovable and her morsels are as well – I work with her a lot for Hamptons, she’s a Montauk girl. Bite also does a really gorgeous job. And I love a sweet bite at the end – no one is better to go to for a cake than Ron Ben-Israel or a sweets bar from Amy Atlas. We lived in the same apartment building for years and he’s sweet as sugar. And, if you have any questions, call Bronson Van Wyck. He’ll steer you in the right direction.