Upper East Side diners have been clamoring for the return of classic French bistro La Goulue — since the now-closed restaurant’s website went live again in September, 5,000 people have signed up for news — and their requests will finally be answered come Monday, January 15.
General manager and partner Craig Pogson tells Eater NY that he and co-owner Jean Denoyer — who also owns Brasserie Ruhlmann and Orsay — even had to hire a security guard this past week to ensure numbers didn’t swell above 75 people during friends and family dinners, before the city approved a higher number to enter. But come Monday, the restaurant, which has relocated to 29 East 61st St., between Madison and Park avenues following a lease dispute, will fully open to the public.
Diners will be pleased to find the place basically exactly as they remember it; the phone number is even the same. The same chef, Antoine Camin, will prepare the same dishes, such as cheese souffle, Dover sole, risotto with truffles, and steak frites that originally earned the restaurant a Michelin star.
The decor is literally from the old location, and the layout, with the door on the left and the bar on the right, is similar, too. Here, though, an 80-person room available for private events is also toward the back. With a big pewter bar and stained glass ceiling, they’re calling it the grand salon. All in all, the new space seats 177.
Come Monday, La Goulue will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., though only until 10 p.m. on Sundays. Eventually, a light cafe menu will be offered between lunch and dinner.