The sun-filled Washington Park features views onto the storied Washington Square Park and is in a landmark building that once housed the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Situated in a landmark, Emory Roth-designed building that once housed the Fifth Avenue Hotel, the bustling Washington Park restaurant, with views onto the storied Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, is talked about as much for its warm and refined decor as its robust, seasonal menu.
The sun-soaked, 100-seat dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen, a stylish 10-seat bar and golden yellow walls displaying the works of Frank Stella, Robert Kushner, Wayne Thiebaud and French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue.
While the menu changes daily, stand-out dishes have included a refreshing yet earthy asparagus and beet salad topped with a blood orange vinaigrette; red pepper pancakes made with a pureed roasted pepper batter and topped with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and salmon roe; pork tenderloin served on a bed of dandelion greens, kale and sweet spring onions, and crisp soft shell crabs battered in a light, Sancerre wine-flour mixture and served with mustard flowers and mizuma.
Dessert knockouts have included the rhubarb upside-down cake served with buttermilk ice cream and the hot fudge sundae with pecan brittle, bourbon cream and caramel ice cream. Appetizers range from $11 to $16, main entrées from $25 to $32, and desserts are $9 to $11. Washington Park, 24 Fifth Avenue, (212) 529-4400.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast