Nemo might have been raging outside (although seriously, talk about quiet storm), but a girl still had to eat – and Wise Men, a new Bowery bar that also "happens to serve great food" provided a cosy hideout for a select gathering from the fashion crowd. The soft launch was Monday (they officially open Feb 13th), and the friends and family vibe was still alive with close cohorts of the trio behind the joint – photographer Danielle Levitt, S magazine Creative Director Christina Chin and hospitality vet Caroleyn Ng – stopping by to say hi. An Aussie designer contingent of Antipodium’s Geoffrey J. Finch and Ryan Lobo of Tome took over one table, while Rhianna’s stylist Lysa Cooper dined with Nev Schulman, the star of 2010’s out-of-sight docu-feature Catfish. Yes, for the record, it was a 100 percent TRUE STORY. When Camilla Staerk arrived, Copper warmed her up with a welcome kiss, smack on the lips.

It was a red wine kind of an evening, so we didn’t sample the promised signature martinis (cocktail consultant is Duane Fernandez Jr., one of the head bartenders at Acme), and small plates of halibut, stuffed mushrooms and broccoli with pecorino were just what the weatherman ordered. The rest of the menu is meat heavy – and, actually, the place is named after the first Western style steakhouse to open in Chinatown back in the 1970s. Only this time, the interior is by set designer Andy Harman, who works regularly with the likes of Terry Richardson and Barney’s. Oh and you can’t miss the place – the restaurant’s facade features a life-size photograph of the original Wise Men team.

Wise Men, 355 Bowery, nr. E. 4th St., no phone.

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