Outside dining during Covid times is difficult even for the most adept restaurateurs in frigid temperatures. Pandemic restrictions as it stands now allows for outside dining only, so many restaurants have built dining modules on sidewalks to accommodate (and stay in business) customers.
Osteria 57 in the village is one such a place that not only has outside dining modules, but managed to make it look attractive (inside and out) for diners braving the cold for the pleasure of eating out.
Osteria 57 is an Italian restaurant with a focus on Vegan, Vegetarian and Seafood dishes. I heard that this place is not only a romantic place to have dinner, but the food is expertly executed to be paired with their wines. I decided to find out for myself.
I showed up in Greenwich Village around 6pm and strolled over to West 10th Street to do a review (but didn’t have a reservation) and was turned away as they did not have any tables available. So I returned the next day (with a reservation) and was given a table in a charming wooden cell module with velvet curtains. My server suggested several appetizers specials, and I went with the scallops (he just made it sound so delicious) and while they were out of Chardonnay, my waiter made an excellent suggestion of the Soave (Acinum 2016 Veneto), which was full bodied with an exceptional after taste.
The scallops was exceptionally noteworthy, in presentation and taste (I was tempted to order another) and that alone is worth the trip in itself. I slowly enjoyed this appetizer, savoring each bite made from a chef with true vision. For the Entree I ordered the Steelhead Salmon (Pan seared with pickled radish and lemon butter sauce), and my waiter gave marked approval of my choice.
The Steelhead Salmon was in fact quite good, but not as good as the scallops. I also ordered a side of seasoned baked potatoes, to round out the meal. I would give the service 3 stars, the decor (makeshift) 3 1/2 stars, the wine and food 4 stars. You could do a lot worse by taking your partner to this restaurant on Valentines Day for dinner. The food, ambience, and wine all combine to make for a perfect evening.
Osteria 57 is located at: 57 West 10th Street off of 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village.
We have now moved into the second decade of the 21st century, the 2020s. Are we repeating the same patterns from 100 years ago? Back in the spring of 1918 the world was reeling from the the Spanish Flu, with roughly 500 million infected with the virus globally and about 675,000 died from it in U.S. alone.
All citizens were ordered to wear masks, businesses, schools and theaters were shut down while makeshift morgues piled up the dead. (sound familiar?) Well after the Spanish Flu pandemic was over, guess what happened then? The roaring 1920’s!
We can compare and contrast some of the similarities from 100 years ago going down the line. But what about fashion? In the 1920’s flappers defined the style of the times and men was always well dressed in suits and hats. In the 2020’s I predict there will be a blending of the future and the past, defining an era of freethinking expression in how we dress.
Men will recreate the meaning of modern class with bold new looks that don’t distract, but rather command respect on first sight.
So is history repeating itself? Maybe it is, but fashion will always be moving forward. Let’s all join hands as we embark into the roaring 2020’s! There will be much to celebrate.
Famed fashion designer Alexander Wang has been hit with charges of sexual assault from a slew of male and trans models, claiming that the fashion designer has grouped/raped them (or tried to), after the designer insisted that they drink bottles of water (Molly Water) while on route to after parties, without their knowledge or consent.
Talk of this type of behavior by Alexander Wang goes back as far as 2016, with musician Florence Welch stating that his favorite “party trick” was to offer someone a glass of water, which was really straight vodka. Another musician Azealia Banks posted “anonymous accounts” of Wang groping trans women on Instagram in 2019. Most recently on December 28th 2020 @ShitModelMgmt(a modeling watchdog account) posted on it’s site that Wang was a “alleged sexual predator” after posting several anonymous DM messages which detailed accounts of Wang raping/groping and or drugging them. The most recent allegations are drawing more attention from the fashion industry after recent coverage of this story from The New York Times, Business of Fashion and the Guardian.
Alexander Wang has denied all accusations, and released a statement to Vouge Magazine: “Firstly, I’d like to take the opportunity to connect directly with the people who have helped me grow this brand into what it is today and address the recent false, fabricated, and mostly anonymous accusations against me. While I have always been active in my social life, frequently attending various industry gatherings, parties, and concerts where drugs and alcohol were present—contrary to what has been said, I have never taken advantage of others in a sexual manner or forced anything on anyone without consent. I also have never abused my status or fame for my own benefit. These baseless allegations were started on social media by sites which repeatedly disregarded the value and importance of evidence or fact-checking. It’s my priority to prove these accusations are untrue and are fueled by solely opportunistic motives. It is important for people to speak up and be heard, but there is a need to ensure accusations are credible, so that we don’t harm these important causes. Our team is doing everything in its power to investigate these claims and we promise to remain honest and transparent throughout that process. We are fortunate to have received an overwhelming amount of support over the last few days and are thankful to our staff, clients, and industry peers for standing by our side at this time.” The people that are accusing Wang are preparing for possible legal action against him. We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.
2020 has been a year of loss on many levels for everyone. On Tuesday iconic fashion designer to the famous (and not so famous) Pierre Cardin passed away at the age of 98, leaving a gaping hole in the fashion world.
Known for his futuristic fashion designs and marketing genius, the French designer got his start in fashion as a apprentice tailor at 14 years old, and in 1946 created the costumes for the film Beauty & the Beast and helped create the “New Look” for Christen Dior’s fashion house.
In 1950 he created the House of Cardin which focused on costumes for theater and film productions. In 1953 the French designer debuted his women’s collection which adorned the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Liz Taylor, first lady (former) Jackie Kennedy and Rita Hayworth. Cardin started to design men’s clothes and showcased them at a boutique called Adam. In 2009 he told the France Press Agency “Before me, no designer made clothes for men, only tailors did”. He created the Nehru collarless suits worn by the Beatles (which became their trademark look). His other male clients included Mick Jagger, Rex Harrison and Gregory Peck.
The groundbreaking designer was the first to offer haute couture, ready to wear (off the rack) in 1959. During the 1960’s he designed clothes modelled after spacesuits. In 1969 he said “The dresses I prefer are those I invent for a life that does not yet exist”.
He licensed his name from everything from cookware to cars. A visionary always looking far ahead into the future said, “I design for tomorrow. I never look backward.”