Quatorze Bis, the popular Upper East Side French bistro that closed at the end of last year after 36 years in New York City, has found a new home.
Owners Alex McNeice and Mark DiGiulio plan on duplicating Quatorze at 1578 First Ave., at 82nd Street, which formerly housed Primavera. The menu will be the same — boeuf bourguignon, trout meuniere, duck magret, and roast chicken with tarragon demi glace, among other French classics — and even half of the kitchen crew will be back.
“We are not trying to reinvent the wheel,” DiGiulio says. “Why would we change after 36 years of success?”
The new location will have 70 seats and they hope to add 15 outdoors. A private dining room will also be built downstairs, and they’re reinstalling red velvet banquettes along with posters, photographs, and book jackets.
DiGiulio opened at 240 West 14th St. in 1984 and then a second spot at 323 East 79th St., where former mayor Michael Bloomberg was a regular. The restaurant closed at the start of 2019 because the building was bought and getting demolished. They immediately began looking for a new location.
Quatorze Bis is on track to reopen this fall.