Trend 1: Where fashion and delicious food meet (yes, you read that correctly):
When thinking of fashion and the runway, and super thin runway models, one doesn’t necessarily think of restaurants, eating, cocktails and overindulging. However, retailers/fashion icons have noticed the rising trend in unique food experiences and themed restaurants and have quickly gotten on board. Some high-end fashion restaurants around the world include:
Tiffany’s Blue Box Café:
Located on the 4th floor of Tiffany’s flagship store, is their 1940s styled, teal colored, breakfast and lunch café. Tiffany’s promises a one of a kind experience from the high tea prix fix menu to their showcase Blue Box celebration cake (which everyone seems to rave about and fake their birthdays for).
The Polo bar by Ralph Lauren:
Just a few steps away from Ralph Lauren’s Fifth Avenue flagship store is the Polo Bar. The interior has an exclusive 1960s gentleman’s club like feel with wooden paneling on the ceilings and floors, leather couches and leather bar stools and beautiful, ornate, framed pictures of champion horses aligning the walls. The ambiance is said to be exclusive, chic, conservative and swanky. Many celebrities have been spotted as this exclusive spot. Diners suggest making reservations well in advance (and take a second mortgage) to pay and experience this one of a kind restaurant.
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan is Georgio Armani’s high-end dining restaurant, Armani Ristorante. The interior can be described as contemporary meets modern, with clean, elegant lines and curvy booths, and a color palette of red, black and white. Diners proclaim the service is very good, and the food is excellent, but the portions are on the smaller side. The Armani ristorante also boasts locations all over the world, from Tokyo to Dubai to Milan and Paris.
Café Dior, Seoul, South Korea:
Café Dior by Pierre Herme is located on the 5th floor in the flagship House of Dior store in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam neighborhood. This beautiful café is an Instagram lover’s dream and offers shoppers an elegant and luxurious space to relax and eat after a day of shopping. The menu is an eclectic mix of gourmet delicacies created by the world famous French pastry chef, Pierre Herme.
Le Jardin de Tweed, Tokyo, Japan:
Situated on the rooftop of Chanel’s flagship Tokyo store, this rooftop eatery was designed to incorporate Chanel’s most famous motif, and tweed into its décor. Open from April until October, it’s the perfect place to sip on a glass of champagne or wine in the summertime and watch as the sun goes down and gaze at the other designer buildings all around you.
Trend 2: Museum food has finally done a 180, and gone are the days of awful cafeteria food:
Remember those days when you went to a museum and all they had was terrible cafeteria food and those awful, obnoxious trays (so obnoxious they made school lunches look sexy). Well, not anymore! Thankfully museums are stepping it up a notch and collaborating with designers and world renowned chefs to create onsite eateries as amazing as some of the exhibits. What a perfect pairing…fine art and food. Here are a few worth noting:
Esker Grove at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis:
Esker Grove, which opened in March of 2017, is now a key component in the museum’s new entrance pavilion. The restaurant, whose staff, which took notes from the museum, serves dreamy, farm to table food with total precision. Noe that the head chef, was a 2017 James Beard Foundation semifinalist so you know you won’t be disappointed.
Terzo Piano, Modern art wing of the Art Institute of Chicago:
Located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Paso features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been satisfying the delicate pallets of Chicagoans for years with his four-star Italian restaurant Spiaggia. The restaurant boasts fresh, local, organic and sustainably produced cuisine.
The National Café and the National Gallery, London:
The National Café had the right idea by utilizing their Monet exhibition for their source of inspiration. The café boasts a Venetian breakfast, Parisian afternoon tea, and creating flavors of the cities Monet painted in their Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet and architecture. The National dining room also offers a luxurious lunch and Parisian afternoon tea.
In Situ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:
This restaurant has garnered rave reviews and accolades since opening, including gaining its first Michelin star last year. The chef, Corey Lee curated a menu of unique dishes contributed by over 90 chefs from around the world. In 2016 Peter Wells called it the most original restaurant in the country (This is American’s Most Original New Restaurant). Pretty impressive for a restaurant inside a museum!
Other notable food trends in CPG:
- Sea vegetables (think dried algae, seaweed snacks, and algae soup)
- Plant based (think plant based alternatives to dairy, as well as plant based snacks and condiments)
- Heath focused: putting healthy snacks in vending machines
- Natural and organic products (products like organic, biodynamic wines, gin made from 100% natural products, and 100% all-natural energy drinks)
- New trends in alcohol (rum and coffee combined, beer cocktails, Italian gin from Malfy and liquor made from the arbutus tree from Distileria Urbana)
New restaurant openings that are well worth getting on a plane and hoping your boss will expense this meeting with that ‘potential client’ of yours:
New York, NY: Broken Shaker:
This sexy new rooftop bar just opened in the Freehand hotel – a new hotel in Gramercy (the hotel already has locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami). The venue promises sweeping views of the city, and an eclectic mix of handcrafted cocktails and delicious bites.
Los Angeles, CA: Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Finally, Los Angeles has a sweet oyster bar, let’s all rejoice! This daytime only (dinner coming soon) oyster bar/restaurant is located in LA’s warehouse District, just blocks from the Arts District. The menu features sustainably, locally sourced ingredients and most importantly, the oysters, which are flown in everyday from the Chesapeake Bay.
San Francisco, CA: Che Fico
This Italian Taverna with a California/Jewish influence has been all the rage in the Nopa neighborhood of San Fran. Reviews rave about the beautiful ambiance, impeccable service, and fresh and local ingredients. They say if you can’t get a reservation, pop in super early and keep your fingers crossed.
Chicago, IL: Pacific Standard Time
PST promises to bring the warmth and authenticity of California farms and Artisans to the heart of downtown Chicago. The open kitchen, impeccable service, nice vibe and relaxing, yet upscale ambiance and to die for cocktails have Chicagoans crying, we want more!
Washington D.C.: Spoken English
Chef Eric Bruner Yang has decided to bring together a unique concept of bringing people together by forcing people to stand and eat around a live fire kitchen. Between the unique style of dining and the Grillworks Blanco wood oven, D.C. patrons raving about this new joint.