If the irreverent, stylish, and wildly witty fashion blogger Leandra Medine of TheMan Repeller is someone you’ve always dreamed of grabbing lunch with, you can now get one step closer to actualizing your fantasy by diving into “Light Lunch with The Man Repeller”. As part of FarFetch.com’s three-part book series, FarFetch Curates: Food, which is published in partnership with Assouline, readers are invited to join Medine on a written tour of her favorite New York City eateries. Her handy guide not only includes tips on the best dishes to order in cult NYC restaurants, but also what to wear to each location.
Click through the gallery to read extracts from Medine’s contribution to the book and discover her guide to chic eating in New York City.
Light Lunch with Man Repeller
With her blend of piquant wit, experimental style, and singular insight, Leandra Medine is known for her utterly distinct musings on high fashion. The New York City native founded her blog The Man Repeller in 2010, and can be found strolling the city’s streets in fabulous heels, with a kale lollipop or iced coffee in hand. Both a fashion and a food enthusiast, Medine revealed to Farfetch her top spots for a healthy lunch in New York City.
JACK’S WIFE FREDA SoHo
The atmosphere is exactly what a neighborhood restaurant should be, feeling as if you’re in your living room, but you don’t have to cook or clean up. What to eat: The Greek Kale Salad. What to wear: My attitude towards dressing for this restaurant very much reflects their ostensible ethos, which is, that anything goes! Just eat! Favorite memory: I ate here two years ago with nine girlfriends, after volunteering for Hurricane Sandy.
SETTE MEZZO Upper East Side
I first ate here when I was really young. My parents and grandparents have lunch together there every Sunday. I usually go when I’m with one of my parents, or for a sibling’s birthday. What to eat: The Insalata Bianca. What to wear: Probably a Saint James striped shirt with high-waist white silk pants and loafers. Favorite memory: Sharing a slice of orange cake with my grandmother.
THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER Nolita
I love the bleached wood counters and simple décor that mirror the genre of this café’s food, which is for the most part very clean and nearly vegan (they do serve eggs). They make a killer coconut yoghurt and serve cashew cheese that makes me want to do the cashew dance. What to eat: The Egg Sandwich. What to wear: Fancy sunglasses. Favorite memory: Saturday morning breakfasts of oatmeal with cashew milk, and reading the newspaper.
SANT AMBROEUS SoHo
Sant Ambroeus draws a really nice crowd, and on weekdays for lunch, it almost feels like I am at Fashion Week. I grew up near the Upper East Side location on 78th Street, so when Sant Ambroeus opened up a location in my new neighborhood downtown, I made it my business to become a regular. What to eat: The Quinoa Salad. What to wear: Ivory leather culottes and a white blouse. Favorite memory: Lunch here with my older brother, Haim, on Saturdays.