Since it opened in 1984, Indochine has become an iconic New York City landmark.
It was the stomping grounds for a generation: Andy Warhol, Kate Moss, Madonna and plenty of their fabulous friends flocked to the restaurant, whose walls are decorated with iconic palm fronds, to eat the famous French-Vietnamese food.
On the occasion of the glitzy eatery's 25th anniversary, Rizzoli has published Indochine, Stories Shaken and Stirred, a glossy book with photos and anecdotes that reads like a family album of the restaurant’s most famous guests.
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“So many memorable things have happened to me at Indochine. I’ve fallen in love, met glamorous people, gotten a little tipsy and seen tabloid history.”—Anna Sui
“Indochine is by far one of my favorite restaurants in New York. I like it so much that it is always where I celebrate after my shows. I like the décor, the welcoming staff, and the fact that it is so cool, and only gets cooler as it ages.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
“… I was taken to Indochine by friends, and the best part, I recall, is that there weren’t any other writers there. Just amazingly delicious food, improbably stylish guests, and impossibly beautiful waitresses.”—Salman Rushdie
“It was a heavy drug scene. Those days you saw people using drugs right out in the open in restaurants… People would be doing all sorts of things, right in front of everyone else. It was a short period of complete insanity.—Calvin Klein.
“Indochine is virtually unique in New York – and pretty much everywhere else, for that matter: A fashionable restaurant that has never been subject to the vagaries of fashion. Over the years, I’ve eaten there a lot, but my absolute favorite evening has to be my Vogue colleague Grace Coddington’s 50th birthday party. Outside of the shows, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many models crammed into one room.”—Anna Wintour
“The first time I went there was with Azzedine Alaia. It was an early fall evening when he and his partner, the wonderful painter Christophe Von Weyhe, lead a troupe of us girls, including myself, the very famous Grace Jones, the soon-to-be-famous Naomi Campbell, and the slender and sought after Senegalese model Katoucha Niane …into this funky oasis just off Astor Place. We were all dressed in skin-tight, tiny Azzedine dresses that were the big hit of the moment. It seemed like everyone in the fashion world was there.”—Veronica Webb