Haute Event: CO-OP Food & Drink Opening at Hotel Rivington

On May 18, 2011, Manhattan’s elite came out for the opening of highly anticipated CO-OP Food & Drink inside The Hotel on Rivington. Actress and designer Tara Subkoff, who created the restaurant’s androgynous Patti Smith-inspired uniforms, hosted the evening that brought some of NYC’s biggest names including Chloe Sevigny, Directors Tom Hooper and Darren Aronofsky, REM’s Michael Stipe, Natasha Lyonne, Josh Hartnett, Hugh Dancy, models Linda Vojtova, Jessica White, Brooklyn Decker, Karen Elson, and May Anderson, Waris Ahluwalia, Yigal Azrouel and Douglas Hannant, Michael Musto, Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, EJ Camp, Jessica Craig Martin, Byrdie Bell, Arden Wohl, Debbie Harry and CO-OP Food & Drink owners Alan Philips and Jason Apfelbaum.

CO-OP is a modern American brasserie and sushi bar serving globally inspired and inventive cuisine prepared by Executive Chef John Keller, formerly of Le Bernardin and Nobu, that is locally sourced and meant to be shared. Guests sampled sushi chef Stephen Wong’s CO-OP signature rolls, kimchi red snapper and sweet & spicy white fish tempura and Keller’s organic roasted chicken in addition to dessert chef Mami Sow’s sticky toffee and apple bread pudding.

Patrick McMullan, Michael Musto and Betsey Johnson got to check out their portraits by EJ Camp that are immortalized alongside 36 others New York City icons like Moby, Debbie Harry and Jay McInerney on CO-OP’s dining room wall. Guests marveled at the decor by DeVinn Bruce, inspired by 1970s California and the gritty edge of the Lower East Side and danced to DJ Paul Sevigny and a surprise performance by Lissy Trullie.

The food, music, and atmosphere were divine! I had a fabulous evening!

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