Alastair McKimm, i-D’s Fashion Director and discerning traveller, takes us on a culinary tour of New York with local flair, from dining out and about in Lafayette to keeping it low-key in Washington square.

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For breakfast…

When I’m in New York I go to The Smile on Bond Street a couple of times a week as it’s below my apartment – I like to have breakfast meetings there at 9am. I order the granola with fresh fruit, it’s pretty epic as far as granola goes…

For lunch…

I move around a bit for lunch; it depends on the weather and what I’m doing. At this time of year, if I have a day when I don’t have to be at my office, I’ll go to Lafayette on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones and sit outside. They have a pretentious name for a ham, mustard and pickle baguette sandwich which I always get. 

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For dinner…

Every Sunday I take my son swimming and afterwards the three of us go to The Odeon on West Broadway. He has French fries with lots of ketchup and ‘pink’ ice cream and I have a burger cooked medium with cheddar, a salad and a pickle. You have to order the pickle separately as they got sick of people not eating them. It’s my favourite thing to do. I love eating the same thing at the same time every week with my wife and son.

For after-hours eating…

Probably my fridge although, if I’m not travelling, I never eat late. 

For taking away…

I love Lil Frankies on 1st and 1st for delivery: it’s my favourite pizza in New York. Before I lived here when I would come to visit I would always call them on the car ride into town to order my dinner. They also do amazing roast chicken with capers and the arugula salad is great, too; we usually order that and a pizza. 

For something local…

There’s an amazing Indian dosa food cart in Washington Square Park where we’ve started picking up lunch when we’re there.

 


About This Series

Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerInspired by Smythson Traveller Sir Hardy Amies, a man who diligently recorded his breakfast, lunch and dinner engagements at London’s hottest spots in his bespoke Panama diaries, we ask some of the people whose opinion we respect the most for their top recommendations in a city where they feel at home. If they could only pick one place for each meal, where would it be? Essentially: an insider alternative to anxiously scrolling through TripAdvisor.

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