Here, a sampling of NYC’s hottest spots for post-show noshing.
IT'S DE-LIGHTFUL, IT'S DE-LOVELY, IT'S DEMARCO'S
How can you resist a restaurant where the chef passes around a cookie jar in lieu of the dessert menu?
That’s just one of the homey touches planned for DeMarco’s Room, chef Sam DeMarco’s back-room hideaway for people in-the-know. It’s actually an addition to Merge, another DeMarco creation that specializes in New American cuisine and has its own menu. Both spaces are slated to reopen next month.
The menu at DeMarco’s Room will feature the types of dishes DeMarco typically offers houseguests. Instead of scanning a menu, diners will feast on a three-course meal ($36) that varies from one day to the next. Roasted tomatoes with oregano and breadcrumbs, braised pheasant with Swiss chard and pound cake topped with sautéed fruit and crème fraiche will be among the options.
The restaurant-inside-a-restaurant concept struck DeMarco after seeing so many fast-food chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway sharing retail space. But the new joint will have a more wholesome approach, with DeMarco taking full advantage of the city’s many markets, from the Fulton Fish Market to Union Square. "I’ll be getting out there in the morning collecting produce and everything else. It’s more spontaneous that way. But I want to keep it as simple as possible," he said.
DeMarco will still be manning the bar at Merge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night, serving up "dollar bites," miniature servings of sushi tacos, Cuban Reubens and meatball panini for $1 a pop. After the foodie-friendly happy hour, bargoers can order entree-sizes of what they sampled. Like his self-named hideaway, DeMarco hopes these gems will kick off a word-of-mouth campaign that props up business after a Sept. 11-induced slump. "It’s different when people tell other people," he said.
DeMarco’s Room, 142 West 10th St., (212) 691-7757.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Trailer Park, its name notwithstanding, isn’t exactly geared for the Gulfstream set. Instead, fashionistas are parking themselves here for backyard-barbeque style eats, amidst more than 1,000 pieces of white trash-inspired memorabilia. The exterior of a trailer hangs above the bar, and Tammy Faye books, Elvis cologne, and Billy beer — as in none other than Billy Carter — are among the artifacts proudly displayed in the lounge, constituting a decor that owner Tom McKay described as "a metaphor for questionable taste."Patrons can unwind with a frosty frozen strawberry margarita in the front seat of a 1968 Oldsmobile, or check out the mannequin bathing in a tub full of iced beer. If all goes as planned, a Fifties-era photo booth should be firing away at snap-happy barflies by next month. But better get the mug shot out of the way before indulging in "Jim Bob’s IQ," a blue concoction that "will erase any previous signs of intelligence you might have had," said McKay, who owns Trailer Park with Andy Spiro. It took the duo three months just to hang up the knicknacks Spiro collected from hard-to-find shops in places like Savannah, Ga. As of this month, brunch and live Delta Blues will be served up on Sundays. The rest of the time it’s easy fixins like burgers, chili, mac-and-cheese and grilled "fat dogs," all for under $10. "Our philosophy is, ‘Just keep it simple,’" McKay said. Trailer Park, 271 West 23rd St., (212) 463-8000.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty