199 Prince St., Soho
Status: Certified Open
Yesterday, chef Paul Denamiel opened his small French bistro Little Prince in the Soho space that formerly housed Shorty's .32. Denamiel is also the chef and co-owner of Le Rivage on Restaurant Row, which has been serving the classics for three decades. Little Prince has a much more contemporary feel, with tan banquettes, painted tiles on the floor, and huge windows that open out onto Prince Street. The menu includes hearty bistro dishes like steak au poivre, beef tartare, and moules marinieres, as well as a few lighter options like Provencal-style dorade. Little Prince is also offering an off-the-menu "French onion soup burger" and a riff on an egg McMuffin that's made with foie gras.
Industry legend Chris Cannon is consulting on the wine list, and Jacques Torres is making a special dessert for the menu (it's some type of fancy chocolate chip cookie). Word on the street is that Jeffrey Chodorow is loosely affiliated with this project as well. Right now Little Prince is open for dinner, but Denamiel hopes to open for breakfast and lunch in the near future. Do send any early reports our way.
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