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Fashion Week Lives On With The Strand's Designer-Inspired Menu

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September 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you can't bear the fact that NY Fashion Week is drawing to a close, then how about distracting yourself with some couture-inspired nosh over at The Strand? The fashion-loving hotel (framed, vintage Vogue prints hang on the wall)—which we also know is a fish-loving hotel too—has created a prix fixe Fashion Week 2012 dinner menu, and there's still plenty of time to enjoy it.

Each item on the menu (a choice of two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts) celebrates a different designer's individual collection, so for example, the butternut squash risotto is paired with the Hermes Fall 2012 collection.

No clue as to how they decided which designer went with which menu item, but it's kind of fun to put a name (Valentino, Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana) to the dish. Oh, and the food itself? Really, really yummy.

In fact, the Fashion Week menu comprises both food and drink—a few cocktails were invented to pay tribute to recently-deceased fashion world bigwigs, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley-Brown and style icon Zelda Kaplan.

Meanwhile, it's the grub that really shone for us.

We ordered the Hermes Fall 2012* collection to start, followed by the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2009** collection as our entree, and though we eyed the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012*** collection as a dessert, we thought better of it and decided to go for a walk instead. That all sounds pretty delicious, right? Yeah, it was a tough call between the Christopher Kane and the Robert Rodriguez, but luckily our friend ordered the latter, so we ended up getting to taste both.

The prix fixe menu, which costs $38 per person will remain available at Strand American Bistro through September 30. At which point the fish in the aquarium will dye their fins back to normal and give the six-inch heels a rest. Fashion Week isn't meant to be forever.

Oh, right. You're probably wondering what those mouth-watering designer names actually stood for: the * appetizer was a rich butternut squash risotto with tangy bits of bacon scattered throughout; the ** entree was a trio of perfectly-seared sea scallops on top of tangy cauliflower florets in a tangy orange browned butter sauce. And that dessert we chickened out on? Chef's Chocolate Molten, which comes with creme Anglais and dulce de leche.

[Disclosure: We ate at Strand American Bistro as a guest of the hotel, but all opinions are entirely our own]

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