By Marshall Heyman and Anamaria Wilson
Worth the hop, skip and jump from the Bryant Park tents, at Mario Batali and David Pasternak’s just-opened Bistro du Vent, 411 West 42nd Street, diners can pop in for some poulet and a pichet at the bar. Though not yet open for lunch, the 2 a.m closing will allow you to deconstruct the Anna Sui show for hours after it ends.
For a more sumptuous environ, Patricia Yeo has melded modern French and Southeast Asian cuisine at Sapa at 43 West 24th Street. Try the cocoa and peanut-glazed spareribs, or seared scallops with truffled cauliflower puree as you bask on the white leather sofas, snakeskin covered chairs and dark colonial woods.
If that all sounds a little too Gucci, hit Employees Only, a hard-to-find hipster joint with an unmarked facade at 510 Hudson. The inconspicuous entrance gives way to a cozy interior — tin ceilings, wood paneling and a fireplace — that matches the hearty cuisine of steak tartare and osso bucco. The exclusionary moniker is fitting given that the owners can often be found working the room, from the bar to the coat check. Co-owner Billy Gilroy’s motto, after all, is “no bosses.”
Forget Paris, Chloë and Lindsay. Today’s party girls don’t hold a candle to one of fashion’s most famous Its — Edie Sedgwick. Reportedly, Sienna Miller will play her in a feature film called “Factory Girl,” but in the meantime, the next generation of fashion fiends can check out the exhibit “Edie Sedgwick: Unseen Photographs of a Warhol Superstar,” at Gallagher’s Art and Fashion Gallery on Fourth Avenue.
“We all went through an Edie phase,” says curator David Wills. “It’s kind of a rite of passage for people in fashion.” A Sixties film buff, Wills tracked down 60 unpublished photos from 11 photographers, including Paul Morrissey and Billy Name, two members of Warhol’s infamous Factory. The pictures show Sedgwick applying makeup, dancing in a bikini and posing with a little dog. The centerpiece is never-before-seen film footage shot by David Weisman and John Palmer, co-directors of “Ciao! Manhattan,” the cult classic semifictional account of Sedgwick’s life. The footage will also appear in “Girl on Fire,” Weisman and Palmer’s forthcoming documentary about Sedgwick, to be released in November.