A multi-level restaurant and music lounge opens Thursday on the Lower East Side — with strong New Orleans vibes through French Cajun fare, a colorful, plush space, and live music and events.
Canary Club, at 303 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge streets, has multiple spaces dedicated to eating and entertainment, including a dining room and supper club space on the ground floor and a live music lounge and dance club in the basement.
Food comes from chef Tadd Johnson, who was last the executive chef at the Smile. He’s put together a menu of dishes such as roasted oysters, pork and clams with crawfish butter, and seafood boudin on toast that pull inspiration from Louisiana classics. There’s a wood-fired oven that comes into play in other dishes, such as a whole roasted squab and eggplant with green olive, chives, and rouille sauce. Drinks incorporate absinthe, bourbon, and liqueurs in options. One called Persistance of Memory combines blanc vermouth, pamplemousse, sherry, and prosecco.
The supper club portion comes into play in the next month with the opening of Canary Supper Club, a separate space next door that will host pop-up chefs, collaboration dinners, natural wine pairings, and interactive dinners where diners take part. It also serves as a private party space on nights when there’s no programming planned.
Canary Club comes from restaurateur Ryan Chadwick, who owns Grey Lady nearby, and his wife Emily Frantz, who has done interior design for a couple of steakhouses in Colorado. She designed the space here, which is full of saturated colors, plush textures, and quirky details. Red and green tones dominate the space, which is filled out with monkey sconces, round columns, a mirrored ceiling, and a pink marble floor.
Downstairs at Canary Club is music territory. There will be weekly jazz shows, disco nights, small concerts, and weekend DJ’s. It’s reminiscent of recent music club opening Special Club, which is downstairs from wine-focused restaurant Niche Niche in Soho.
Canary Club is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to late — 4 a.m. on weekends.