Tabitha Simmons’ favourite New York restaurants

The shoe designer savours healthy salads in SoHo and Peking duck on the Upper West Side

Tabitha Simmons at The Mark, New York
Tabitha Simmons at The Mark, New York | Image: Weston Wells

For breakfast, I go to The Mark on East 77th and have eggs and soldiers or a great avocado toast in this beautiful Jacques Grange-designed room. The hotel has a proper old-world glamour about it – you really feel you’re in New York25 East 77th Street, 10075 (themarkhotel.com). 

The interior of The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges was designed by Jacques Grange
The interior of The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges was designed by Jacques Grange
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There’s a place I love on Lafayette called Jack’s Wife Freda. It’s an all-day bistro where you can sit outside and watch people go by – it has amazing healthy breakfasts and salads. 224 Lafayette Street, 10012 (jackswifefreda.com).

Boiled egg with caviar is on the breakfast menu at The Mark
Boiled egg with caviar is on the breakfast menu at The Mark
Jack’s Wife Freda is great for people-watching
Jack’s Wife Freda is great for people-watching

Sant Ambroeus is a favourite for lunch. It serves pasta that my sons – Elliott, 16, and Dylan, 14 – love. It’s quite a family place but also a real fashion hub, and I always bump into someone I know. 259 West Fourth Street, 10014 (santambroeus.com). 

Sant Ambroeus on West Fourth Street is a family restaurant that attracts the fashion crowd
Sant Ambroeus on West Fourth Street is a family restaurant that attracts the fashion crowd
Simmons’ two sons love the pasta at Sant Ambroeus
Simmons’ two sons love the pasta at Sant Ambroeus

Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village serves the best spaghetti vongole I’ve ever eaten. It’s a wonderful old-school fish restaurant, and it’s hidden away, so it’s ideal when you want something less hectic. 18 Cornelia Street, 10014 (pearloysterbar.com). 

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For dinner, I recommend Shun Lee on the Upper West Side. I’ll have Peking duck, but really it’s all about the atmosphere – it’s all red with gold dragons. The photographer Theo Wenner had his 30th birthday there, which is how I discovered it, and I’ve made it a Sunday-evening tradition. 43 West 65th Street, 10023 (shunleerestaurants.com).

Or if we stay local, there’s a great rustic burger joint, JG Melon, a very old New York establishment with checked tablecloths and the best burgers. A wonderful way to end the weekend. 1291 Third Avenue, 10021 (jgmelonnyc.com).

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