OUR FAV AT- THE- STATION EATS
Designer Payal Singhal pens a love letter to the dynamic New York City — which has always influenced her style
5th Avenue Bryant Park
cept in India, but I learnt to ace day- tonight dressing while staying there — it’s such an inherent part of their culture. I also learnt to layer like a pro, even in the summers, as the weather is so moody.
SoHo and West Broadway are my favourite spots to shop in the city. You’ll find a balanced mix of high street brands, independent boutiques and niche multibrand stores like Intermix. Barney’s, Saks, and Bloomingdales are always safe bets. Second Time Around is great for vintage finds, while the sample sales are perfect for bargain hunters. Spend a day in Brooklyn too — its newfound hipster status promises that you will chance upon some cool, local stores. Head upstate and make a day trip out of visiting Woodbury Common Premium Outlet mall if you’re looking to score great deals on de- signer brands.
Fashion students should definitely visit the wholesale market that runs between 28th street and 5th avenue and goes up to 42nd street on 6th avenue for a great selection of trimmings, buttons and accessories. If you’re in the city during NYFW, catching a show at those hallowed Bryant Park tents is a must — do what you need to in order to score passes! The campus at the Fashion Institute of Technology has ongoing fashion exhibits and retrospectives that connoisseurs will love. The same goes for the Met as well. I also make it a point to visit the bookstore Around The World, near Bryant Park Hotel, to stock upon on my fashion reading. All in all the city’s infectious energy continues to inspire me and my work season after season.
‘ Revolutionary and aspirational’
CHEF PAUL KINNY, Director Culinary— Bellona Hospitality Services Ltd ( Bar Bar) I absolutely love the idea. It’s the beginning of a revolution when it comes to offering international tastes to the masses and is also aspirational. It’s always nice to offer the locals an additional choice, a quick respite when hungry. This will also lend the stations a more international feel, more hygienic options ( since there is less human handling of food) and quick service. Time is of great essence in this city, everyone wants to “catch the train”. Currently, the stations are brimming with plenty of options like made- from- scratch bhel, popcorn, fruits, juices, it’s pretty comprehensive.
I would really like to see a more substantial space dedicated to people packing healthier food to either take to work or back home.
In the 90s, when I was at Zodiac Grill my life was insanely busy — we used to work 14 hours a day with no respite. After feeding the city’s glitterati, I wouldn’t have the strength to cook for myself so I’d head to the railway station and dinner would be batata vada topped with ragda and pav. Hot, steaming, fresh and delicious after a hard day at work.