Jean-Marc Houmard

In the cutthroat urban jungle where hotspots have a 16 percent chance of survival after a year, Indochine achieved the impossible and just celebrated their 25th anniversary with a lavish ’20s Shanghai themed bash in the sultry space.  Joining the ranks of other New York City legends such as Studio 54, Indochine remains a downtown destination for celebrity, art and fashion worlds. From its inception in 1984, Indochine has gone from a trendsetting pioneer, to established scene maker in the ’90s, to the iconic status it holds in the new millennium. While the space was established in an era that defines indulgence, Indochine has managed to transcend the times and evolve to become an integral part of the Manhattan lifestyle.  The walls can’t speak for the luminaries who have dined and drank here, so this year Rizzoli launched a commemorative book, Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred,  that compiles photos and art by celebrated patrons and friends of the restaurant from the past 25 years.  SOMA asked co-owner, Jean-Marc Houmard, “What makes a restaurant become a legend?”