Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

From French Laundry to a Filipino Taqueria, Jordan Andino Cooks Up his Own Path

Jordan Andino
Image used with permission by copyright holder

We spoke with Jordan Andino, owner of 2nd City and Executive Chef of The VNYL about his career and personal style.

My name is Jordan Andino I was born in Toronto, Canada and then moved to California with my mom when I was nine years old and I’ve been cooking in professional kitchens since the age of 10. I grew to love kitchens because my dad is a professional chef and and I’ve now spent my entire life in commercial kitchens. Using my dad’s connections and my drive, I decided to pursue cooking as a professional career and have worked in some of the best kitchens in the US from Spago in Los Angeles, to the French laundry in Napa Valley.

I’ve now taken my love of cooking to partner with James and head the food program at the VNYL while also owning and operating a Filipino Taqueria in the West Village called 2nd City. I would say my brand has been and will always be youthful exuberance with a passion to grow and learn every day. My style is cool, collected, but not always calm because my fun and happy go lucky attitude sometimes get the best of me! See me in board shorts on a long board riding though New York City or in a three piece suit… but always ready have fun!

As for my personal style:

Jeans: Levis 511… amazing fit and look.
Shirts: Hawaiian (form fitting of course)… who says only old dad’s on vacation can wear these!?
Pants: Top Shop – great look for a reasonable price.
Suits: Nothing but custom Tom James.
Shoes: Nike High Tops.
Accessories: Beenies and Snap Backs.
Outerwear: Yeezy 3 Adidas Collabs.
Favorite Cologne: Davidoff Coolwater (old soul, young body).
Favorite app: the CHIVE.
Favorite piece of technology: Beats by Dre Wireless Headset.
Next style/gear purchase: Burberry beige rain coat, mid length.

Cator Sparks
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Cator Sparks was the Editor-in-Chief of The Manual from its launch in 2012 until 2018. Previously, Cator was covering…
These are our favorite linen shorts to keep you cool this summer
Our favorite men's linen shorts to add to your summer wardrobe
Abercrombie & Fitch 6-inch Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts on model

What's a good way to ruin your summer vacation? Sweaty, sticky thighs that make it so uncomfortable to walk that you can't even enjoy your gelato on the cobblestone streets of Florence. Nobody wants tight fabric, rough denim, or prickly polyester covering their legs when it's 41 degrees and only getting hotter. That's why we've got the best men's linen shorts to take you from a day at the beach with the kids to a fancy dinner with your wife with nothing but a simple shirt change.
The best linen shorts to elevate your look this summer

When the sun is blazing down on you and you can't see a cloud in the sky, you'll naturally be craving something that's comfortable without looking sloppy. Men's linen shorts are surely your ultimate wardrobe hero, coming in to save the day with their breezy, lightweight fabric. Whether you're planning a beachside vacation, an afternoon picnic, or navigating city streets, the right pair of linen shorts can elevate your entire summer look.
1. J. Crew 7.5'' pleated linen short
$89.50

Read more
F.P. Journe closes the curtain on limited editions with one last watch
F.P. Journe releases its last limited edition watch ever
F.P. Journe Flyback Chronographe FB

F.P. Journe announced earlier this year that they would cease producing limited edition watches, though the "announcement" was more of a quiet whisper. The company is known for its small annual output of watches , which makes 1,000 mechanical and 500 quartz pieces. However, they would never end a party without a final confetti canon, and this one is in the form of a hand-wound flyback Chronographe FB.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Tokyo location, they've introduced this last limited edition. Going forward, they will stop engraving edition numbers on their watches, meaning the 200 Chronographe FB models released will certainly be highly sought after.
The F.P. Journe Chronographe FB

Read more
I never go to the coast without this jacket from Royal Robbins
This anorak is cozy and built for adventure
The author wearing the wearing the Royal Robbins Merced Anorak on the Oregon coast.

Whenever I head out to coastal Oregon, I never know how to dress. No matter how often I check the forecast, the weather often turns out to be the exact opposite of what I've prepared for once I've made the hour-and-a-half drive out to the Pacific. If I wear a heavier jacket for a grey, foggy hike through one of the area's many state parks, it'll warm up as soon as I arrive, and I'll be drenched in sweat after a mile or two. If I'm hoping for a sunny walk around Cannon Beach, the rain will come through and the wind will whip up, leaving me running back east to chase the sun.

But this spring, I found a solution in a jacket that's built for all of these situations and then some.
Why I love Royal Robbins' Meced Anorak Jacket
This Merced Anorak from Yosemite Valley-inspired outfitter Royal Robbins has quickly become my go-to outdoors jacket. This lightweight, nylon windbreaker keeps me comfortable in just about any weather out in the Pacific Northwest. It's thick enough to be a decent lightweight cover-up in cool temperatures but still thin enough to not get too heated when the sun comes out. The wind resistance this half-zip provides is next-level compared to any other jacket I own — no matter how the wind comes off the waves, I know it'll never chill me to the bone.

Read more