Big Apple Faves: From Cheesecake to Roller Rinks

Our view from The High Line

London Fashion Week is on! But at Fashion Trends Daily, we’re still caught between the moon and New York City, savoring some of our favorite non-fashion finds from our recent trip to the Big Apple for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Yes, the clothes and trends are fab, the backstage scene pure madness and the front row always colorful. But our day didn’t end when the lights shut off at the last fashion show. The team at FTD took a few detours from our frenetic pace to check out new haunts and eateries. Take a peek at some of the team’s faves:


The Beer Garden at The Highline

The High Line Elevated ParkWith the second phase of this train line-turned-park complete, a walk along the High Line was just one way to let off some extra Fashion Week energy (and take a break from catwalk sashays and pivots). The urban oasis is lined with lush greenery and the tracks give great views of the skyline (we caught it near a beautiful full moon). But the real highlight was the Lot at the Highline, which features a bevvy of food trucks, such as the famed Red Hook Lobster Pound, a roller skating rink, Tom Collichio’s Bar on Tap and a Uniqlo pop-up shop. From jugglers and roller girls to hula-hoopers, hipsters and happy couples, nobody was without a smile – except maybe the ones we spotted taking a tumble on the rink.

The Highline Roller Skating Rink

Chikalicious Dessert Bar

From the moment we stepped off of our plane, we were itching to find a spot in our schedule to visit Chika Tillman’s dessert spot (Top Chef Just Desserts host Johnny Iuzzini raves about her sophisticated dessert bar). And although the dessert club across the street threw us for a loop (it’s also operated by Tillman), when we finally found Chikalicious, we knew we were in the right spot. The tiny gem (It seats about 12 max) offers a spectacular prix-fixe dessert menu. Ours started with a bourbon agar topped with white coffee ice cream, the famed fromage blanc cheesecake (see pic above) which was like eating a sweet cloud, and a plate of tiny petit fours that were so beautiful that FTD’s own editor broke the cardinal rule of blogging: eating before photographing (oops). For the downtown fashion crowd, it’s definitely worth the cab ride from Milk Studios.

Ladurée Madison Avenue

Another sweet stop (this time, Uptown). We’re happy to report that the lines and the fuss are both an afterthought as soon as you taste one of these Parisian sweets. Flown in daily from Paris, the display of delicate macarons at Madison Avenue’s Ladurée –the brand’s first U.S. shop–are beautiful to behold and even better to taste.


Ladurée Madison Avenue

We once tried bringing our own home from Paris to disastrous results, so are thrilled to finally have one stateside. While the macarons are the main draw, don’t ignore the equally indulgent candles, tea and perfumes inspired by the flavors. Our faves: coconut, orange blossom, pistachio, and the trés charmant French-speaking shopkeepers!

The Museum of Arts and Design

Since moving to Columbus Circle, the Museum of Arts and Design has been in the news more often for its

The Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle

The Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle

exterior challenges than what’s inside. (There was an epic battle between the architect, the city, the preservation society et al.)  We were surprised to find that, in fact, the museum holds a treasure trove of contemporary crafts, jewelry, art, furniture and more. And unlike most museums designed to keep viewers removed from the subjects, the Museum of Arts and Design encourages interaction with art. Robert, the restaurant atop the museum, is a great break from the action down at Lincoln Center with a sci-fi kitsch interior and panoramic views of Central Park.

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