The time has finally come for the Torrisi team to unleash their first foray into Gallic cuisine on the public. Tonight Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick open the doors to Dirty French, their new restaurant in the Ludlow Hotel. The menu strays beyond the classically French, to pull from the French-influenced cuisines of Morocco and New Orleans. That means that the Nicoise salad is flavored with curry, and the fish "Provençale" comes with Cajun spices. Elsewhere on the menu are the expected Torrisi showpieces: a rotisserie-cooked lamb saddle, and chicken and crepes for two, "served in two stages". Cocktails (which have been flowing since July) come from Thomas Waugh, the prolific drinks maker behind ZZ's Clam Bar.
Now that Dirty French is officially open, expect work to kick into high gear on the team's many other projects, most notably the still unnamed Mediterranean restaurant in the Renzo Piano building near the High Line, which is rumored to be their biggest to date. But in the meantime, take a good long look at these menus and send any early reports our way.
· All Coverage of Dirty French [~ENY~]