Is complaining about Fashion Week your favorite activity during Fashion Week? Are you a young, vaguely employed man with long hair? Could you identify Marc Jacobs by his tattoos, should the opportunity present itself? If so, then you've probably been to Indochine. And you've probably been here with a group of other people just like you.
You have also probably been to Indochine if you're over the age of 40, considering that this place has in business for nearly three decades. And somehow despite its age, this restaurant has managed to stay relevant, at least amongst a certain crowd - the fashion crowd. A visit to Indochine on any given night is pretty much like walking into a cartoon rendering of a New York fashion blogger's wet dream. It's a funky, dated room full of very stylish people doing lots of things other than eating, many of whom are famous in their industry. Almost all are completely unrecognizable to someone like me. I'm pretty sure I did see one of the Blue Man Group here one time though. We all have our idols.
For what it is, we happen to like Indochine a lot. This is one of those places where you simply know what you're going to get, every single time. The scene is more interesting than the somewhat average Pan-Asian food, but eating the city's best spicy shrimp probably isn't why you came here in the first place. If it is, you're doing it wrong. Indochine is the place you come for a big group outing, especially of the birthday dinner variety. If you're looking for a restaurant that can serve a table of ten equal parts food and vodka soda in high volume, this is your spot. The service is speedy, the room is loud and fun, and the menu is full of things that are perfectly good enough. If that doesn't sound like a place to honor your best friend, I don't know what does. Especially if he or she knows what Carine Roitfeld looks like.
Greasy and very spring rolly. Why wouldn't you eat them?
Flame Seared Shrimp
Basically a plate of shrimp poppers, served with an orange dipping sauce. Should you order them? I don't even really know how to answer that.
Filet Mingnon Carpaccio
A tasty plate of meat, fixed up with a nice dressing of ginger scallion oil and chili dressing.
Grilled Baby Back Ribs
These things come off the grill with a thick crust of dry rub still on them, which makes them pretty good and pretty damn salty. Probably designed to make you drink more.
Summer Roll of Shrimp And Chicken
If you're thinking about your summer body, you should probably only eat these summer rolls. Definitely the healthiest thing on the menu, and still probably not all that healthy.
Spicy Chicken Breast
A safe order for the table. Nobody doesn't like spicy chicken. This could be spicier, though.
Glazed Duck Breast
One of our favorite things on the menu here. This is simply some well cooked duck atop a bed of bok choi, and it will please you.
The best thing at Indochine, by far. A bunch of sole filets are steamed in a banana leaf, and served with some sort of coconut milk sauce. It's light and flavorful, and you'll like it. Order it.