CITIPHILE SUPPER CLUB

SURROUNDED BY OUR FAVORITE CONTRIBUTORS, CITIPHILE TOASTS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK WITH A POP-UP DINNER PARTY AT ACME 2.0.

Four year-old ACME has long been on the fashion biz’s short list— everyone from Hannah Bronfman to Claire Distenfeld and Devon Windsor have singled it out as a perennial go-to— so when we caught wind of the downtown restaurant’s 2016 revamp (a total menu shake-up now comprised of French and Italian-inspired plates in lieu of Nordic ones), we knew it was the perfect place to throw our first CITIPHILE Supper Club. CPSC, as we prefer to call it, is a bi-monthly, invite-only traveling dinner party where select fashion and art insiders will come together for a meal that celebrates an especially talented New York chef and his or her restaurant. Tuesday night’s event, a sublime segue into NYFW, drew a crowd of downtown cool kids including Alexandra Richards and beau/restauranteur Paul Longo, VOGUE stylist Mary Fellowes, women’s wear designer Caroline Constas, Margaret Zhang and Bergdorf Goodman ambassador Haya Maraka, all of whom showed up in honor of ACME’s new chef Brian Loiacono. A culinary protégé of kitchen dynamo Daniel Boulud, Loiacono is a New York-born, French-trained chef who’s a master of high-to-low cooking, a skill he highlights in ACME’s new menu: now a hit list of modern riffs on bistro classics. Take, for example, the little gem salad CPSC was served— a dining staple Loiacono jazzes up with roasted rainbow carrots, turmeric and puffed quinoa— or his surf-and-turf-like cavatelli featuring a ragu of rich pork and tender octopus. Typically a menu “snoozer,” his Caesar salad did nothing if not blow us away— a pleasing mixture of kale and roasted brussels sprouts garnished with the city’s most perfect 6-minute egg; it was the perfect compliment to a plate of tangy lemon ricotta artichokes. Mid-meal, Richards waxed poetic about Loiacono’s butternut squash steak topped with stracciatella cheese and crushed sunflower seeds (trust us, even a meat lover would swoon), while the party’s wild mushroom rigatoni and red-wine braised short ribs were championed as evening winners by majority rule. “Have you not tried this yet?!,” an emphatic Constas said to a fellow guest, gesturing to a slice of dark chocolate cake topped with whiskey whipped cream. “It’s heavenly.” Indeed it was, and so was the night.

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The simple, but elegant tablescape with beautiful blooms by Quenna Sanchez.

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Guests Alexandra Richards, Paul Longo, Haya Maraka and Margaret Zhang.

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Details of the evening.

Guests Caroline Constas, Mary Fellowes and Phoebe Lovatt.

Guests Caroline Constas, Mary Fellowes and Phoebe Lovatt.

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Little gem salad with roasted carrots, puffed quinoa and tumeric.

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Red wine short ribs with potato purée and a peek of the black bass with fennel, orange and oregano, top right.

CITIPHILE Editorial Director with Mary Fellowes; Butternut “steak” with stracciatella and crushed sunflower seeds.

CITIPHILE Editorial Director with ELLE Fashion News Editor Alison Cohn.

CITIPHILE Editorial Director with ELLE Senior Fashion News Editor Alison Cohn.

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Chef Loiacono speaks about the beautiful food and what it’s like cooking at ACME.

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CITIPHILE Editorial Director Alexandria Geisler and Chef Brian Loiacono.

*Special thanks to Quenna Sanchez for the floral arrangements, Katelyn Landis for photography and Eric Isaac for videography.

ACME, 9 Great Jones Street; 212.203.2121; acmenyc.com (MAP IT, BOOK IT) CP

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