Truth be told, the high 70s on the Upper East Side is not exactly our jam. But when you hear the names Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Jacques Grange in the same sentence, a trip uptown seems more of a thrill than a trek. The collaboration between the chef and interior designer in question is The Mark Restaurant, the new eatery in the totally refurbished, NYC institution The Mark Hotel. The tony establishment is more Hermès than House of Holland, but lest you think that implies a geriatric bent, the spot rocks a bronze-and-glass ceiling, a translucent wine-wall, a smoking terrace, and a swingin' bar with oversized pony-hide chairs, funky bar stools, and an aluminum counter (trust, the Grapefruit Gimlets will make you forget this heat). The food also dispels any dated notions, with spot-on, not too fancy (and, for the experience and locale, surprisingly affordable) fare that comprised one of the best meals we've truly had all year— we rec the Sweet Pea Soup with Parmesan, the Veal Milanese, or the The Mark Cheeseburger with Black Truffle dressing that gives good sex a run for its money. As for fashion, we suggest going with a little Olivia Palermo-meets-Carolina Herrera—lots of polish, some understated sparkle, and elegance with just the tiniest edge. Our perfect dinner (or drinking) outfit: a pastel, floral cocktail dress, a satin black blazer, some vertiginous heels, subtle bling, quilted bag, and a dab of No. 5 that'll have you saying "on your mark, get set, go!"
Editor's note: This column was originally called "Style Bites," but a recent transcendental stroke of punnage led us to come to the conclusion that "Fashion Plates" is way more awesome. Sorry for any confusion.
The Mark Restaurant; 25 East 77 Street (at Madison Avenue); 212-606-3030.
Above, clockwise from top; Chanel No. 5 Parfum, $95, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets); 212-918-9756; Bird Crushed Velvet Blazer, $211, available at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets); 212-753-7300; Rachel Roy Quilted Cross Body Bag, $50.99, available at Rachel Roy, 148 West 37th Street (between 7th Avenue and Broadway); 212-465-2700; Alexander Wang Devon Graphic Ankle Sandal, $525, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Broadway and Lafayette Street); 212-219-2688; J.Crew Crystal Pebble Bracelet, $68, available at J. Crew, 91 Fifth Avenue (between 16th and 17th streets); 212-255-4848; Elizabeth and James Sophie Dress, $465, available at Otte, 121 Greenwich Avenue (between Jane and Horatio streets); 212-229-9424