Monday, March 22, 2010

Worlds Collide!

When I opened the new Italian Vogue my mouth almost dropped to the floor.

New York’s own Rodeo Bar & Grill featured in an editorial shot by Steven Meisel!

You don’t understand, I have been going over to 27th and 3rd Avenue regularly (almost weekly!) for 20 years. They have the best fajitas in New York, without question, and I might add, a very good frozen margarita.
Actually the first time Carine Roitfeld called and offered me an assignment I was around the corner from Rodeo so I went there to celebrate. I sat almost exactly where Agnyess is the photo below.
Garance also loves this place, it’s represents real Americana to her, a bit of Texas right here in Manhattan. It also happens to be right around the corner from The Lexington Avenue Armory where Marc Jacobs fashion shows are held so we try to make it to Rodeo before or after the show, it’s now become a fashion week tradition.
So do yourself a favor. The next time you want great Tex-Mex try Rodeo Bar & Grill, it is in no way fashionable, but I guarantee you will have a great time.
If you want great AND fashionable Mexican food try Rocking Horse Cafe on 8th Ave at 19th Street. It is the local restaurant I eat at the most when I’m home in New York and everything is perfect, including the margaritas.


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  1. Louis

    March 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    F A V O L O S O O O O O O O O !!!!!!!

  2. BuenoStyle

    March 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Wow! So sexy and so obviously having a good time. She looks a bit like a young Liv Tyler.

  3. bird of light

    March 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    very cool photos

  4. Fly

    March 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Ciao, I discovered your blog only this night (in Italy): I love it! It is amazing, funny, and pictures are really beautiful.

  5. Singapore Short Stories

    March 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Great post!

  6. SaraKateSwan

    March 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Just moved to New York & im desperately searching for the best sushi in town…any ideas??!?

    Definitely gonna try those two places x

  7. Davidikus

    March 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I realised one or two years ago that the best fashion editorials from Condé Nast no longer come from Vogue US but Vogue France & Vogue Italy.

    I feel vindicated by your post!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. fashionista:london

    March 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Well, I'll be in NYC at the end of April so those recommendations from one of my favourite New Yorkers are definitely going in my guide book … :o)

  9. Justine

    March 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    aggy looks so great!!

  10. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Love it!!!

  11. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Just loved!!!

  12. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I don't 'get' Agness Deyn. Maybe I'm just old.

  13. A.L.C

    March 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Even without your writeup, I'd want to check out this place. They look like they're having such a good time. Great post!

  14. Meeg

    March 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    WHO are these cowboys?!?!

  15. the gorgeous

    March 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I really can't wait to go! I love this kind of places, athentic, real, and with that delightfull food and ambient! Next time I come to manhattan i will stop by Rodeo! ;)

  16. May Brady

    March 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Love it when things like this happen!

    …and thanks for the NY eats tips.

  17. Brigadeiro

    March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Tex-mex = YUM!

    This place looks fab! Hope I make it to NYC this year, if so, will surely check this place out!


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  19. kathrynnova

    March 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    i've never been there, sadly. i'll have to make a point to get over there.

    i loved that editorial too – but then again, i swoon whenever i see daphne guinness!

  20. Dan

    March 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I love the Rocking Horse Cafe. Simply great and funny enough, the first restaurant I went to in my first day in the city.

  21. Susan V.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I live right on 29th st. and while I've been there only once or twice, it's been a lot of fun and for some reason cannot make it again. Maybe because I'm so close to it :)

  22. Copious Couture

    March 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I totally made a note of this place for the next time I'm in NYC… love this post!!! Very personable!


  23. Gary MAEL

    March 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Sexy, dirty, spontaneous, american, mythical, joyfull, hype, naughty, just great. I love that. And thanks for the tips !

  24. ashleyran

    March 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Being from Texas, I can testify…it's REALLY hard to find good mexican food in NY. Watery salsa and margaritas everywhere you turn!! i'll have to try this place out! Thanks!

  25. Daphne

    March 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    When it comes to food, I LOVE unfashionable. I love texas-style. I love it. These pictures are sooooo cool it hurts.

  26. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    TexMex outside of Texas can't be that good… ;)


    March 22, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Fabulous photos. It looks like such a good place. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be hitting it up. xo

  28. KohCo

    March 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Oh it's like a glorious slice of Americana.
    Sexy in a really kind of gonzo, guilty indulgence way


  29. princess glee

    March 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Yee haw! Cowboys are such manly men. Never noticed tatoos on them, wonder if they're into the tats.

  30. The Sluice Box

    March 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I'd never have guessed those images were taken in NYC. I would have figured the location was in the southwest, with cactus and tumbleweeds right outside the front door.

  31. Mr. Andy

    March 23, 2010 at 1:19 am

  32. Yeji

    March 23, 2010 at 1:35 am

  33. Ian

    March 23, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I'll be in NYC soon. I'll have to check out the Rodeo B&G for sure. I live in Phoenix, so I'll let you know how the Fajitas and Margaritas hold up!

  34. Sophiemei

    March 23, 2010 at 1:50 am

    i love Agnyess so much!! these r amazing photos! gorgeous!

  35. Liz S

    March 23, 2010 at 2:52 am

    To me Agyness (sp?) can do no wrong.
    How does she manage to fit into ANY setting and fashion style so perfectly??

    Great little write up there Sart!

  36. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I travelled a lot. my experience taught me that local shops, bars and other hidden gems, usually hidden from the big wide world (not to mention Lonely Planet) are the only places where uniqueness/richness of particular culture or society remains unspoiled by this globalization crapitos. unfortunately these are also the places I've got the biggest diarrhea episodes in my life ;-)
    but it was always worth it.

  37. AnAzevedo

    March 23, 2010 at 4:01 am

    great photos, Aggy and the guys look great!


    March 23, 2010 at 4:57 am

    i love country style

  39. SabinePsynopsis

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Amazing pictures. But it's a tiny, tiny bit annoying when one of your favourite hang-out places suddenly becomes very popular, no? The owners will be delighted though.

  40. Karoline

    March 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Sounds nice, love the pictures!

  41. Dana

    March 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

    It looks like a really fun, unpretentious and delicious eatery! I love tex-mex.

  42. Izzen

    March 23, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Looks like so much fun!


    March 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love this photoshoot! I'm always looking for one that catch my attention. Ads are boring now so I count on magazines to bring something new and original to the table. This one, I love. It's fun and feels natural.

  44. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

    very consistent with italian vogue.
    there has been a fascination with the 'wild west' and things weatern for years in that publication. ( there were editorials done in the early 90's shot on location out west.)
    by the same token open british vogue and somewhere there will be a comment or article or editorial about the hamptons.

    it's interesting in a way, about how we are perhaps some things american are seen as exotic to the european community.

  45. klaz

    March 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I mean, why are the cowboys drinking vodka? Other than that, great photo!

  46. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Rodeo Bar has great food but also GREAT music from national touring acts…alt-country, americana, roots rock. Its one of the only clubs in NYC that pay musicians and keep the music free for the customers (no door charge), so you can eat Tex Mex and hear music like Rosie Flores, Demolition String Band, etc.

  47. Nadine2point0

    March 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I love that you got so excited and nostalgic about the locale of this photo shoot. I'll be in NY in a couple of months and will make it a point to have a margarita and toast you and your blog.

  48. Jana

    March 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Will put this on my go-to list for NYC when I'll be there(hopefully)! thanks! :)

  49. chula

    March 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    she is really chula;-))
    great location

  50. stephanie_press

    March 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Davidikus – so true! Very much more imagination in the sister publications, I think.

  51. Christina

    March 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Rodeo Bar…too funny. Been there a million times. Great photos!

  52. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    They used to serve Shiner Bock, which is truly authentic, but I guess it was too hard for them to get it.
    Stil a fantastic place.

  53. Meg

    March 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

    This is where I met Chris Farley many many a year ago now, it was one of his favorites too.

  54. rachel

    March 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    LOVE RODEO!! live on the block and very sexy bar man that, like me, originated in Oklahoma! great place–great food

  55. Aesthete No 1

    March 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I'm so happy that you love Rodeo Bar, too! It's so hard for me to get my friends to go to Murray Hill, but Rodeo is worth it. I had my birthday there last year and everyone agreed that the party was a hit.

  56. Maria

    March 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    those photos are super fun!

  57. Marisa

    March 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I think it is always really adorable to see a non-American take on American culture, the funny way that Europeans, for example, romanticize cowboys and the wild west. Going to western-style bars in New York is sort of similar, and they are even more irresistable for their lack of pretense. They are like islands of non-pretentiousness in an otherwise very savvy and sophisticated city.

  58. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Gorgeous, fun photos. My husband and I saw a rockabilly band one night there a couple of years ago. Drank a pre-mixed margarita from a machine. Big mistake. It was super strong and I got sooooooo sick.
    Anyway, love that place. Used to work nearby back in early 90s. Now live in St. Louis.

  59. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Wow, I'm having my own worlds-colliding moment, as I also frequent Rodeo. Perhaps we've crunched on the same peanut shells…

  60. Joana

    March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm


  61. The Nooner Assistant

    March 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    That's right in my old hood. I love that place!

  62. Erika

    March 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Yes I need to know who these handsome cowboys are!

  63. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    if it wasnt fashionable before i guess that's over.

  64. Sareena Khera

    March 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    OMG I lived a block from here for two years and only went once on a super drunken night! what a great photo shoot!

  65. animal world

    March 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    What a flashback. I used to go to The Rodeo B&G many years ago. Good to know it is still there. Will have to stop back in. Thanks for the memory-jolt.

  66. sj

    March 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    i love this photo shoot and i love rodeo bar!

  67. parisgirl

    March 23, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    there is something so ruggedly appealing about cowboys…these two look weathered enough to be the real thing…an evocative photo shoot.

  68. keir

    March 24, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I've just recently come across your blog and I've enjoyed what I've seen. I have been to the Rodeo Bar many times, the food is pretty tasty. I have seen a few energetic performances there.After living in Texas for several years I can't really concur on the "bit of Texas in Manhattan" statement but I suppose if one hasn't been there's enough there to fit the fantasy. I like Meisel as a shooter and it's always lovely to see NY locales and backgrounds they always have so much flavor and atmosphere. It has an even greater significance and visceral excitement for NY'ers. Thanks for featuring this and I look forward to your future posts.

  69. Carlotta

    March 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Merci ! Je vais essayer en mai alors… sous le soleil ! Always nice to have good places !!

  70. Leah B.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I live right around the corner from the less-than-fashionable-but-kick-ass Rodeo bar. You and Garance should call me next time you're grabbing margs and fajitas!

  71. suzan tokgöz

    March 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    wooww ı like hats,I want to wear hats

  72. pauldralston

    March 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I love Rodeo Bar. I work nearby and have been going there for years. Margaritas and free peanuts – how can you go wrong?

  73. Chessa!

    March 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I love Rodeo! I live a few blocks south of there and love the fajitas too! I have to pick up italian vouge.

  74. New York Experience

    March 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Excellent photos, thanks for sharing.

  75. enterrement de vie de garcon

    April 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Nice pictures.

  76. Miss Jess

    May 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I LOOOOVE the Rodeo Bar – my fave place in NYC, great music every night too. I'm just a honky-tonk girl at heart.

  77. karylle

    October 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    wield 2x west i love watching guys with a rodeo suits

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