Sessanta officially flips into Bistrot Leo tonight in Soho, going from an Italian restaurant to a French one with a menu from Bar Boulud alum chef Brian Loiacono.
Restaurateur John McDonald (Lure, El Toro Blanco) decided to turn his Sixty Soho hotel restaurant, located at 60 Thompson St., between Spring and Broome streets, into a new French venture following months of uncertainty with his last chef, rising star Adam Leonti.
Now, he’s renovated the space to add a floral wallpaper, navy coloring, and more bar dining tables. The food’s undergone a revamp, too. Loiacono’s serving French bistro fare, with a menu classically divided up by appetizer, salad, and entree portions. Dishes such as escargot with garlic and herb butter, lobster niçoise, steak-frites, and a hamburger are on the menu. Raw oysters, ham, and crudité are also available. See the menu in full below.
McDonald previously told Eater that the area already had too many Italian restaurants, and Sessanta needed a more drastic change. (Soho, of course, has a slew of standout French restaurants, including Balthazar, Le Coucou, La Mercerie, and Raoul’s.) Loiacono spent years cooking French food under Daniel Boulud, at both Bar Boulud and as executive chef at DB Bistro Moderne.
Bistrot Leo is now open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Stay tuned for breakfast and weekend brunch, coming later.