Indochine dates back to the go-go eighties in New York when The Odeon was big and it was all about the bright lights and the big city and conspicuous excess and cocaine and Jay McInerney and Andy Warhol and Studio 54, etc. and so on. Brian McNally created this restaurant after he fell in love with Viet Nam. . .the magical wall paper is transporting–I feel like I am sitting in a countryside restaurant somewhere in deepest darkest Indochina–jaaaa!
In true McNally fashion, the service here is GREAT…the food is extremely TASTY–we gobble the pho bo, and it is actually delicious and reminiscent of the best bowls that I have devoured in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. . .we also ingest a big ‘Vietamese bouillabaisse’ that is wonderful…crispy spring rolls–delectable…and whole fried red snapper that is mouthwateringly good. . .damn, so much fun to finally eat in this joint. Everything is washed down with glasses of whiskey and rose–xin cam on!
So, yes, I am quite behind the times, as usual, but better late than never, right? Right! Please consider making your way into Indochine located on Lafayette Street right across from The Public Theater. . .the place is full of all kinds of ‘New York’ types–dudes in sparkly shirts, rail thin model-looking chicks, business dudes and dudettes, ladies of a certain age hanging at the bar, amazing spot-on staff, tons of tasty food, drinks to fit any palate, and a classic glowing McNally atmosphere and vibe. . .lots of fun–you will love it here, I gar-ron-taaayy!!
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