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Perfect Pairings of Fine Fashion and Fine Dining
Travel with Carnet's insider guide to restaurants during New York's Fashion Week

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Ai Fiori
      Midtown West | Italian & French

Ai Fiori, meaning "among the flowers" is ideal for adventurous fashionistas with taste for offal and seafood dishes that are inspired by southwest French and northwest Italian cuisine.

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     UES | Mediterranean

This adorable bistro with cafe-style street-side seating is favored by Euro ex-pats. They are known for their lighter fare, such as the baby artichoke salad and the octopus salad.

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Auerole's Bar Room
     Midtown West | New American

Flagship of Charlie Palmer's restaurant empire, Auerole's casual, high-ceilinged front room is dominated by a wall of wine.  Cuisine includes asian-inspired dishes such as caramelized sea scallops in miso and fennel tofu puree and shrimp with coconut, lemongrass and asian pear.

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Casa Mono
     Union Square | Spanish - Tapas

Tapas at Casa Mono are an ideal meal for diners  who view dining out as a social venture as much as  a gastronomic adventure. For the offal lovers, this restaurant does not shy away from offering the "variety cuts," with sweetbreads, bone marrow, and foie gras represented on the menu. 

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Casa Lever
     Midtown East | Italian - Milanese

Casa Lever, situated on the ground floor of Lever House on Park Avenue appeals to the Don Draper types with expense accounts and a taste for traditional Italian cuisine. Honeycomb booths separated by wine racks appeals to those with an eye for design.

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     UES | New American

Named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Best 100 Wine Restaurants of 2012," Crown is as much known for its wine as its speakeasy vibe.

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     Midtown West | Italian - Seafood

Another restaurant from chef and restaurateur Michael White, Marea on Central Park South is renowned for its exquisite Italian seafood dishes.  Boasting pastas made by hand in house, the seafood dishes incorporate luxurious, unexpected ingredients with classic Italian recipes.


Bar at NoMad Hotel
    Flatiron | Cocktails

Named one of the best bars of 2012 by Esquire Magazine, the Bar at NoMad Hotel serves 30 of their own inventions as well as a selection of 8 classics. Somewhere between a nightclub and an elegant lounge, one of NoMad's features is a DIY bottle service.


     Meatpacking District | Northern Italian

Appealing to a street design sensibility, the walls of Serafina are covered with graffiti and signs. With an in-house wood-burning oven, thin-crust pies are good bet, especially with the nontraditional toppings inspired by other dishes, like Philly cheesesteak. 





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