Looks like the new Tribeca restaurant from big Keith McNally alum chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr finally has a name and identity — it’s called Frenchette, and it will be a updated version of a brasserie.
The restaurant will be the first true solo project for the partners, who put their imprint on the city’s dining scene by opening places like Balthazar and Minetta Tavern with McNally. WSJ Magazine reports that the restaurant will open in September and will be “similar in spirit to the neo-bistros that have taken over Paris.”
The 100-seat restaurant will feature a rotisserie, a Japanese-charcoal grill, and a basement aging room. Dishes like suckling pig, lobster with curry butter and fries, suckling pig, and citrus salad may be on deck. The duo will also put a burger on the menu: fitting considering their track record of impressive restaurant burgers.
Hanson and Nasr are one of the city’s most successful chef teams, and Frenchette will be their return to the kitchen after a four-year absence. They parted ways with the McNally team back in 2013, after more than 15 years of running neighborhood hits like Pastis and Balthazar.
Although they made their reputation at McNally brasseries, they tell WSJ that they’re hoping to make Frenchette look more modern — though they’re still using words like “romantic” and “warm lighting” to describe the room. “You take a piece of a puzzle at every place you work and then put it into your own,” Hanson says.
Eater has reached out for more information. Stay tuned.