What's On In New York In February


From Fashion Week to the city's newest cocktail den, all the thing you should fill your diary with in New York this month

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Get Camera-Ready For New York Fashion Week

It’s that time of year again when the fashion world’s elite and Insta-famous bloggers take over TriBeCa for New York Fashion Week. Taking place from the 8th to the 16th February in Spring Studios (with some shows taking place in Industria locations across the city), this year promises to see some high-profile designers such as Tom Ford returning to showcase while Rihanna will host a late-night presentation of her collaboration with Puma. Beyond the standard runway shows and presentations, NYFW will also turn its attention to cinema to premiere a Zac Posen documentary as well as a Kenzo visual project – both should not be missed. If you can’t get a ticket to one of the main events, there are plenty of shows and presentations open to the public and, if nothing else, you can always hang about the area for the best kind of people watching.

6 St Johns Ln, New York, NY 10013

MakE Gibson + Luce Your New COcktail Den

When it comes to finding this month's best new drinking spot, turn your attention downards. Located beneath the beautiful boutique Life Hotel, Gibson + Luce recreates the spirit of the 1890s through its speakeasy-style setup and pre-Prohibition inspired cocktail menu, featuring the Little White Lie (rum, crème de violette, cream, lemon and Laphroaig) and 1894 (blue gin, Dolin Dry, orange bitters) among others. The menu also covers standard bar snacks, but if you’re feeling a tad more peckish than warm olives try the bar’s pizzas: we recommend the merguez meatball. More importantly, the cocktail bar is only recently opened so chances are your friends have yet to Instagram it – an all-round win if you venture there before them this month.

19 W 31st Street, New York, NY 10001

Witness The Boss On Broadway

Bruce Springsteen makes his debut on Broadway, blessing the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre with an intimate show for five nights a week until June 2018. A critically acclaimed evening featuring a piano, a guitar and the man himself, experience Springsteen’s extraordinary life story told through his most iconic songs. Evocative, emotional, compelling, reviews of early shows have been overwhelming in their praise and tickets have been selling out in such speed that the initial end date in February has been extended into this summer. If you’re looking for an unforgettable night in the city, witness one of the most incredible songwriters of a generation take you through his life journey in a show you won’t want to miss.

219 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Check in to the Wythe Hotel

If you find yourself visiting New York or just fancy a night in a cool hotel (and why not?) take a wander outside Manhattan to  terminally trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn and check in to the Wythe Hotel. Housed in a converted 1901 factory building on the waterfront, the boutique spot combines an historic, industrial aesthetic with a contemporary glass and aluminium structure. The 70 guest rooms feature timber ceilings, large windows (often floor to ceiling) and radiant heat floors, all capturing that elusive hip appeal of the area. The rooms are also equipped with cables to connect your iPhone and start up the impressive surround sound system while the bathrooms feature subway-inspired tiling and Turkish towels among other nice finishing touches. If a stay isn’t on the cards, the Wythe is still worth a visit for its spectacular rooftop bar, The Ides, or the grilled lamb with butter beans and fried miche served up at Reynard, the hotel’s restaurant.

80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 1124

Dive into the world of David Hockney at the Met

No month in New York should ever pass by without soaking up the sheer volume of culture the city has to offer. For February, we suggest a trip to the Met, which is currently hosting a major retrospective of the work of British artist David Hockney. A celebration of his six-decade prolific career, the exhibition houses 60 canvas paintings alongside a smattering of drawings and photocollages, all spread through eight galleries. Exuberant, expansive and a showcase of exceptional talent, set a rainy Sunday afternoon aside for this, especially as it will be the only North American venue of the retrospective.

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

go to Gotham Bar and Grill For Valentine's Day Dinner

A New York institution since 1984, Gotham Bar And Grill in the West Village is a prime example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Eschewing the pretence and faddish nature of modern-day dining, the restaurant is steadfast in its elegance and reliability, serving up classic American plates in a stylish, warmly lit setting that oozes allure and sophistication. If you've yet to finalise plans for Valentine's Day Gotham Bar And Grill is an ideal spot for impressing someone over a romantic meal. We recommend the shellfish bisque and the 28-day dry-aged New York steak with bordelaise sauce. Finish with the Gotham chocolate cake served warm with salted almond ice cream. It’s as delicious as it sounds.

12 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10003