Zoe Warncke, our editor-at-large, shares her favourite hot spots during NYC Fashion week

New York Fashion week is a time which you either love or hate. The city gets a different face expression for a short week and Zoe, our US Editor-at-large, tries to find her way balancing and bouncing back and forth between fashion shows, appointments and dinner parties.

She tells IRMA how she does it.

L’AVENUE AT SAKS
You never knew that New York needs another restaurant until a really special one opens.

The latest one is a classic from Paris, which you already know from L’Avenue Montaigne. Designed by renowned architect Philippe Starck, the restaurant spans two floors with a French art deco-inspired dining room and Le Chalet—a bar and lounge offering cosy, après-ski style interiors. I will come by just for the sweets and delicacies by Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé, plus an exclusive cocktail menu by legendary bartender Nico de Soto.

Pierre Hermé patisserie at L’Avenue / Saks. Picture curtesy L’Avenue.

CHA CHA MATCHA
I fuel up for a delicious green tea and the super friendly service at Cha Cha Matcha.
Where I find the best matcha on the planet, in the most delicious ways you can think it up. You can buy the Matcha in the café or even a cosy Cha Cha Matcha hoodie x Virgil Abloh, that is what I call a NYC fashion Week location/ collaboration.

Matcha ginger tumeri latte. Picture curtesy ChaCha Matcha.

INSCAPE
Sometime meditation doesn’t seem to fit into my overwhelming schedule. So, I like to make a 1:1 appointment to stay committed or enjoy the fantastic dome at INSCAPE-plus I really find their meditation app helpful to not compromise my self-care.

INSCAPE meditation dome. Picture curtesy INSCAPE.

AIRE, ANCIENT BATH
This oasis of tranquillity is designed to balance mind and body. The ambiance already calms your mind the minute you step inside from busy TreBeCa into this historical restored building from 1883 which used to be a textile factory. Here it is all about taking a bath at different temperature inspired by the Ottoman tradition, a perfect place after a long day before coming home.

Picture curtesy Ancient Bath New York.

THE MOTH
I find nothing more fascinating than people sharing their stories with me. In a busy city like New York this act of intimacy is rare and precious, and The Moth is a place I love to go to listen & learn and have fantastic conversations that are all but never small talk, a perfect contrast to cocktail parties during fashion week.

Picture curtesy the moth.

Zoe grew up in Germany. Became a lawyer in Düsseldorf, fell in love with a film maker from NYC and left Europe to follow her heart. Zoe is working as a Muse in New York City, giving inspirational artistic counselling for artists, PR stories, photo shoots etc. . Zoe published two books, hosted a TV show, and is always open to any new experience that feeds her hunger for beauty and love. Zoe lives in New York City together with Rhett Butler, her Egyptian Sphinx cat.

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