Project Runway's New York

Project Runway wouldn't be the same without the backdrop of Manhattan woven throughout each episode. Here, a must-see, must-do guide to the city where designers never sleep!

By Lauren N. Williams

September 17, 2012 9:30 AM
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Where Project Runway stars go to eat, drink, and unwind

BURGER JOINT AT LE PARKER MERIDIEN
119 West 56th Street; parkermeridien.com/eat4.php

"Burger Joint, tucked away in Le Parker Meridien, has the most amazing burgers and fries. You'd never know it, but that little shack packs a punch!" — April Johnston, season eight

MISS LILY'S
132 West Houston Street; misslilysnyc.com

"Being from the Caribbean, I love the vibe at Miss Lily's. I always get the curried goat; it reminds me so much of home." — Anya Ayoung-Chee, season nine winner

IDEYA LATIN BISTRO
349 West Broadway; ideya.net

"I love going to Ideya Latin Bistro in Soho with my girlfriends for brunch. The cozy and intimate atmosphere, huevos rancheros, empanadas, and Mojitos make it my absolute favorite!" — Kimberly Goldson, season nine

JACK'S WIFE FREDA
224 Lafayette Street; jackswifefreda.com

"I'm addicted to Jack's Wife Freda, a South African — Jewish-inspired restaurant founded by my brother Dean and his amazing wife, Maya. The vibe is cool and relaxed, perfect for a daytime bite or a nightcap. I always get the Peri-Peri chicken and the kale Greek salad, but all the food is delicious. You simply cannot go wrong!" — Kara Janx, season two

INDOCHINE
430 Lafayette Street; indochinenyc.com

"One of my favorite restaurants in town is the legendary Indochine. Its lush decor is one part Yma Sumac and two parts Marlene Dietrich, combined in an atmosphere that's super-glamorous." — Austin Scarlett, season one

BONDST
6 Bond Street; bondstrestaurant.com

"I love the otoro nigiri and lobster tempura at BondSt. The waitstaff is so accommodating — especially to their regulars. Plus, they're all gorgeous." — Mondo Guerra, season eight and Project Runway All Stars season one winner

APOTHEKE COCKTAIL BAR
9 Doyers Street; apothekenyc.com

"Apotheke Cocktail Bar is right up my alley — a unique, dark experience that reminds me of the 19th-century bohemian and absinthe movement in Paris." — April Johnston

THE BOX
189 Chrystie Street; theboxnyc.com

"The Box on the Lower East Side is a New York classic. Its cabaret feel is reminiscent of the city in the 1920s. I had its grapefruit Mojito on my birthday this year and it made me a believer!" — Michael Costello, season eight

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