Perpetually packed and critical favorite Frenchette is finally delivering on its promise of lunch.
Lunch begins Monday, September 24, at the French brasserie backed by chef duo Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, which has shaped up to be the biggest hit of 2018 so far. Two set menus including a $28 two-course option featuring duck confit, dessert, a glass of wine and coffee, and a “more indulgent” three-course option for $38 will be on offer, a spokesman tells Eater.
An a la carte menu of hors d’oeuvres and entrees will emulate Frenchette’s dinner menu, which changes regularly. Highlights from the dinner menu like the brouillade (soft scrambled eggs with escargot and garlic butter) and the spaghetti bottarga (with espellette pepper and lemon) are on the opening lunch menu, as are options like a roast chicken and pork schnitzel. See the full menu below.
Reservations are now available, though walk-ins are welcome too. Breakfast and brunch will be arriving “shortly,” the spokesman says.
The move marks the restaurant’s first step toward offering all-day fare. When the brasserie swung open earlier this year, the chef team told Eater their primary goal was to operate a restaurant with “longevity,” and part of that effort included serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining.
Frenchette gained quick popularity after its April debut, earning two stars from Eater’s critic Ryan Sutton and three stars from Pete Wells in the Times. It also claimed a spot on Eater critic Bill Addison’s 2018 list of best new restaurants in America for its “enchanting” staff and “must-try” dishes like the cote de bouef hobnob served with Spanish tortilla with trout roe. It’s also been a destination for its natural wine list, created by esteemed wine director Jorge Riera.
The French brasserie at 241 West Broadway, between White and Walker streets, is Nasr and Hanson’s first solo project, but the duo has been working together for about two decades. During that time, they’ve helped open Keith McNally’s Balthazar, Pastis, and Minetta Tavern.
Frenchette will offer lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Dinner still starts at 5:30 p.m.