New French-inspired speakeasy opens in Chelsea
BY ALEX MITCHELL
Speak easy of this newly opened
French bistro on 8th Avenue.
Set in a rustic, charming, and
eclectic environment, Loulou is the newest
restaurant to permeate the streets of
Chelsea with the smell of extraordinary
You’ll get a true feel of a French bistro,
with a touch of New York style, when you
enter Loulou, which features songbird
cocktail glasses paired, an ecletic menu by
executive chef Jarett Brodie, and extensive
mixology from both Zane Harris and Arpan
The open kitchen offers plenty of Eurothemed
delights, such as Brodie’s jalapeño
apple vinaigrette garnished smoked bacon
Brussels sprouts, to a crispy pork belly with
seared scallops and root apple puree.
Loulou’s expansive menu also includes
more classic bistro offerings like steak frites
or croque monsieur.
As for dessert, the bistro’s chocolate
mousse is a delightful indulgence. It’s made
with a light, wafery crunch on the inside,
Crispy pork belly and seared scallop at Loulou.
giving balance to the dense and velvety
chocolate. The flavors are delightfully
contrasted with a sweet yet zesty raspberry
The friendly staff might suggest pairing
this decadent offering with some Bailey’s
on the rocks, which certainly goes down
While Loulou has its conventional entrance
on the corner of 19th Street, there
is a much more fun way to get just a few
Step through a door masquerading as a
vintage Coca-Cola vending machine, walk
down some stairs and you’ll discover the
silent side of Loulou.
The disco ball illuminated, spacious
speakeasy transports you back a century in
time, and across the pond into the nightlife
of Roaring Twenties Paris.
Open in the later hours of the evening,
the speakeasy part of Loulou is an ideal
and intimate setting to share a drink with
someone after a filling meal.
As the space also boasts two deck, a professional
grade, Pioneer Dj controller, you
might be allowed to spin your own ‘French
touch’ house music from time to time.
Otherwise, sit back and enjoy a setting
unique to not only most bars in New York,
but also to that of the ‘secret’ speakeasies
Loulou is named for the rescue dog
of owner, Mathias Van Leyden, who has
decorated much of his bistro with nods to
his pup — often depicted with a monocle
and top hat.
Loulou Petit Bistro, 176 8th Avenue,
Chelsea, 917-292-5624 . Open seven days
a week with varying hours. Reservations
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