This week’s fashionplate is a much overdue dinnertime visit to Bowery hotspot- Vandal. I’ve been a bunch for drinks and the club but have been meaning to try the food. I finally got the chance to get there for dinner and it definitely lived up to the hype. I decided to rock our brand new F/W16 Ellie Henley bodysuit for the perfect dinner to drinks to dancing outfit. My dining companion and me were seated pretty promptly in this huge restaurant and club that formerly housed The General and Finale. I love the flowershop entrance and all the great street art. I tried the Sergeant Bell Pepper cocktail which had a great hint of spice and I also had the Lost & Found. We were starving and split a ton of things. The knish reuben was amazing who doesn’t like meat, cheese, potato and thousand island dressing in one neat little package? The hot pretzel tartare was surprisingly tasty and flavorful. The red snapper tostadas rounded out our small plates with a slightly more health conscious app. People love the johnnycakes but we thought they were just ok, would probably not get them again, not as special as the remainder of the items we ordered. The wild mushroom pizza was amazing, orgasm in my mouth, can eat this once a week good. We went with one main, the branzino which was also delish. We probably over ordered by one or two items but yolo. We rounded out the meal with something sweet the smores which you can see got me all kinds of googly eyed.
All in all a great meal, definitely an all night spot from drinks to dinner and then late night dancing. The crowd was mostly young working professionals and downtown scensters with some tourists thrown in. This is definitely a spot to take a fashion risk and try something new. See how I styled my bodysuit below for this fashionplate.
This week’s fashionplate is a much more indulgent meal then the last few. It was one of those cooler summer days so I opted for our Raquel maxi skirt and a decadent french meal at La Gamelle on Bowery. This spot reminds me of a more casual not as crowded Pastis/Chereche Midi. Had a very yummy Bordeaux. My dining companion and both started with french onion soup, so yummy and comforting in this weather. Check out the cheese on it. We then proceeded to split some oysters and the whole grilled branzino with ratatouille and a side of fries. The oysters were standard. The branzino was tasty although we had deboned and there were still some tiny bones it. The fries were addicting. We then decided to yolo and get 2 desserts. He has a serious sweet tooth. We ended up getting the creme brulee and a chocolate mousse cake both of which were very yummy. The crowd was very neighborhoody and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. See the fashion part of the fashionplate with ootd deets below.
So I love fashion and food and thought it would be fun to combine my love for the two by doing FashionPlate posts once or twice a month and review a new hotspot in NYC and tells you a fun outfit to wear that looks majorly approbs!
Be sure to make a res at Cherche Midi, located on the Bowery in the old Pulinos space, if you don’t want to wait during peak dining hours. We arrived a few moments before our 8:30 res and were seated immediately at a corner table. The decor manages to be airy and light but intimate at the same time. The white tiles, pale yellow walls and the Balthazar Red booths tie everything together in the typical Keith McNally fashion. My companion and me started with some cocktails while catching up. I opted for the bubbly cherchez la femme, while he opted for the Riviera Julep. They both looked beautiful but were on the sweeter side which always means I’m switching to wine for my meal. Our waitress was super cute, bubbly and helpful. We decided to start with the pot the fromage since everyone knows cheese and shoes are my the way to my heart. It is basically a parmesan cheese custard that came with anchovy garlic butter toasts. So yummy and filling, the perfect comfort food. By this time i switched to a dry Syrah which was lovely and we decided to split a few things including the burger, the salmon and the spinach gratin. The prime rib burger (medium rare) has gotten a lot of hype and has a lot going on with the gruyere cheese, bacon marmalade, and roasted mushrooms. It’s good but wasn’t a top five for either of us, a little too much going on here for us, the marmalade was a little too overpowering and caused the bun to become soggy before we were done eating. The pomme frites accompanying the burger were flawless as usual at any Keith McNally resto. On to the pan seared salmon, which was light and savory and absolutely delicious with creme fraiche on top. The lentils it came with were amazing I could eat that all day everyday. The spinach gratin was average; a bit to heavy with the breadcrumbs on top. We were beyond stuffed but both love to end with something sweet and decided to buck from our usual chocolate trend and go with the pineapple tarte tatin which you can see me enjoying above. Which, omg, was amazing, it was flaky and sweet, and came topped with vanilla ice cream, so good we contemplated ordering another one but controlled ourselves. Next time I would try the beef tartare or salad nicoise and the prime rib and skate which are also supposed to be amazing.
Now that you got a feel for the food, let’s talk fashion. The crowd here ranges from groups of young downtown girls, gorg couples, older power couples and tourists. Mostly everyone is well dressed in a casual luxury kind of way, perf for Tasch. I decided to wear my the new Donna ribbon trim cami but keep with that downtown casual luxury vibe and not be too overdressed. See the outfit of the day deets of how I styled it below. It’s starting to get chilly so definitely have been needing to add layers.
OOTD deets by designer/brand as follows:
White gold diamond hoop earrings from the Gold Souk in Dubai
Brown leather star studded bracelet from Bangkok
Purple and gold skull bracelet from Urban Outfitters
Grey BCBG cropped blazer
Black leggings from Bebe
Black Christian Louboutin Daffodile leather pumps
Let me know if you like the new Fashionplate post and any restaurant recs or Tasch pieces you have been wanting to see how to style for a specific vibe in the comments section. Cherche Midi: 282 Bowery, NYC