New York’s Fashion District, while home to a slew of garment operations, hasn’t always been the most fashionable place to dine (or to be seen, beyond the standard showroom appointment). Chicsters are more often spotted flitting downtown than traipsing over 7th Avenue’s Fashion Walk of Fame plaques. But real estate entrepreneur Alex Bernstein is aiming to change that with Till & Sprocket. Formerly a fur showroom, the new restaurant/cafe/event space is where Bernstein plans to entice the neighborhood with fashionable nibbles and encourage area locals to interact—hence the event space in the back, called Interface. A smattering of tables, chairs, couches, and art installations are littered about for patrons to enjoy their eats or set up shop, cafe-style. In lieu of battling it out for a chair at your nearest Starbucks, Interface is a welcomed change.
Plus, chef Bryan Arbelaez has curated a tasty offering, from post-work light fare to the indulgent cocktail—we recommend Sage Advice, a combo of Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and sage leaves—to a full-on New American meal. The shared plates, tapas-style, include locally sourced cured meats and cheeses, roasted brussels sprouts with lardon topped with a balsamic glaze, and chorizo/beef meatballs in a tomato reduction. If that intimidates your palate, you can’t go wrong with the pizza of the day, cooked in a Mario Acunto wood-fired oven from Napoli. Or simply defer to manager Anthony Briatico, who’s quite possibly the city’s sweetest and most enthusiastic restaurant aficionado. He’ll give you the scoop on the best plates as well as wines. Bonus: Till & Sprocket is also parfait for a morning coffee, with Synesso hand-made espresso machines straight from Seattle. Enjoy, darlings!