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An Upscale French Bistro and Speakeasy Is Headed to Chelsea

Plus NYC bodegas are going viral on Tik Tok — and more intel

Inside a restaurant with a white bar counter in the front, brick columns in the back, and plants and be seen cascading from the ceiling.
Loulou in Chelsea
Lourdes Escobar

French bistro and speakeasy set to debut in Chelsea

A chef with past experience at several high-end NYC establishments like Tom Colicchio’s Craft, Jean Georges’s Mercer Kitchen, and David Bouley’s eponymous former Tribeca restaurant is ready to branch out on his own. Chef Jarett Brodie will debut a spacious French bistro called Loulou at 176 Eighth Avenue, at West 19th Street, on March 5.

The menu covers the standards French bistro fare with dishes like steak frites, duck leg confit, foie gras, and salad niçoise among several other options. Brunch items include breakfast bowls, sandwiches, and a variety of egg dishes. The multilevel restaurant will seat 90 upstairs including the bar, while an underground speakeasy will hold 80 and have its own secret entrance. Chelsea is no stranger to casual French restaurants; spots like wine bar Le Pif, OCabonon, and La Bergamote are all located in the neighborhood. — Beth Landman, contributing reporter

In other news

— NYC’s bodegas are going viral on Tik Tok and attracting scores of fans across the world.

— Eater Young Gun JJ Johnson kicked off the second season of his cooking show Just Eats this past weekend on Cleo TV. Johnson invites a variety of a celebrity guests over each weekend to cook for them.

— Hawaiian bread maker King’s Hawaiian is hosting a week-long pop-up with Jamie Young, the chef at Williamsburg all-day sustainable restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn. The pop up, which is located at 1701 Broadway, at West 54th Street, and runs through March 1, includes items like a coconut s’mores french toast, a spam and potato sandwich, and a chicken fried steak katsu sandwich.

— High-end Italian restaurant Scarpetta is kicking off a wine-focused dinner series this Friday. The five-course meal will cost $250 and feature wines from Tuscan winemaker Frescobaldi.

— Upscale Midtown East Japanese restaurant Mifune has launched two new tasting menus priced at $85 per person and $125 per person. Dishes include poached quail egg served with a buckwheat crepe and a red snapper soup.

— A restaurant that was impersonating longtime Lower East Side Chinese take out spot Chen Wong, which closed in December, has been taken off seamless after a week.

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