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Top Restaurants, Activities, and Shopping in Garment District

New York’s Garment District is the historical capital of fashion not only in the city but the entire country. Spend a day strolling through shops filled with fabrics and enjoy a tasty bite in these high-traffic blocks.

Drinks and Dining in Garment District

From burgers and luxury steaks to upscale Chinese or fresh pastries, the Garment District is packed with savory and sweet treats. Here are just a few of the countless eateries.

The Skylark

Throw on your James Bond-best and head up to the Skylark on 39th Street for a martini in one of the most glamorous atmospheres New York has to offer.

The Skylark is more than a cocktail lounge with an unbeatable view of the city. They also offer floating and seated upscale dining with innovative and creative flavors from New York’s top chefs.

Culture Espresso

Culture Espresso slows down to serve you the highest quality coffee in a part of New York where people are usually “too busy to care.”

With eclectic décor and a rotating display of photography and art from local international artists, Culture Espresso is the perfect place to grab your favorite caffeinated beverage before browsing the Garment District shops.


Just a 10-minute walk from your room at The Avalon, ‘Wichcraft on Broadway brings clean eating and wholesome dishes to the Garment District.

Skip the greasy spoons and head to ‘Wichcraft for sustainable and healthy food – it tastes better, too. From classic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread to small plates and sweets like cream’wich cookies, you definitely won’t leave hungry.

Chic Shopping in Garment District

Fire up your sewing machine and get your fabric fix in New York’s famous Garment District!

Mood Designer Fabrics

The Garment District isn’t for shopaholics – it’s for fashion creators and enthusiasts. You can’t skip Mood Designer Fabrics on 37th: The Mecca of fabric stores and home of Project Runway.

Brocade, linen, muslin, lace, velvet, denim, silk, seasonal prints, embellishments, fasteners – should we go on? Mood Designer Fabrics has everything you need for every project.

You can even shop by project to create your own activewear, formal attire, home décor, cosplay, outerwear, suits, and more.


STORY on Broadway is a one of a kind shopping experience featuring an eclectic rotating lineup of gifts, home décor, clothing, and other interesting finds.

As a concept store, STORY offers a unique array of curated items tied to the theme of the moment. From jewelry and books to soaps and seasonal trinkets, you can expect to find a few things you “just have to have.”

Things to Do in Garment District

The Garment District isn’t just your fashion epicenter, it’s also filled with art galleries and plenty of activities.

Houdini Museum

In less than 15 minutes after stepping outside your room at The Avalon Hotel, you can step into another world at the Houdini Museum on 35th Street.

In this new and expanded location, visitors of all ages can learn about the life of the world’s most famous magician through some of his rarest artifacts like handcuffs, posters, escape restraints, and Houdini’s famous escape coffin.

Don’t forget to grab some magic sets from the gift shop on your way out to impress your friends!


ChaShaMa is committed to supplying an affordable space for emerging artists by repurposing unused property into galleries and studios.

You can find innovative and purpose-driven ChaShaMa-sponsored events around New York, but its home is in the Garment District on 3rd Avenue.

ChaShaMa collaborates with communities to supply a space for every artist in need to create and connect. Check out their current happenings – you never know what you’ll find!

The Shinnyo Center

New York’s fast-paced Garment District is probably the last place you’d imagine finding a Buddhist meditation center, but it’s also a place that needs it most.

The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Wellbeing on 36th Street helps keep your mind healthy and grounded while busy New Yorkers bustle around you.

Pen yourself in for a guided or self-guided meditation on a Friday during your stay. The Shinnyo Center also offers innovative sessions to the public with live jazz music meditation and traditional tea ceremonies.

Your Urban Sanctuary in Midtown

Spacious contemporary rooms and luxurious classic suites: The Avalon Hotel offers boutique accommodations in a residential atmosphere.

Each one of our 100 rooms and suites has a unique character and plenty of comforts to give you a cozy place to rest your head after a long day on the town.

Book directly through The Avalon to take advantage of the best possible prices and complimentary upgrades, when available.