ABOUT LES ENFANTS DE BOHEME
Just what the neighborhood's been waiting for! A "normal" spot (think friendly bistro/living room for locals). Created by Stéfan Jonot, former owner of the beloved Les Enfants Terribles (2003–2012, RIP), Les Enfants de Bohème welcomes free-spirited sorts. Expect a friendly, casual spot where you can enjoy a quick drink or linger over a delectable dinner, grab a coffee to go or dawdle with a book.
For LES Enfants de Bohème, Jonot collaborated with his wife, architecture editor and curator Cathy Lang Ho, restaurateur Daniel Rivera (David's Cafe), actor and longtime Lower East Side resident Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, A Beautiful Mind, currently on Broadway in "The Parisian Woman"), and British photographer and director Simon Harsent (Pool Collective).
FRENCH BISTRO FARE
CUISINE: The menu features classic French bistro fare, emphasizing fresh seasonal ingredients and local sourcing. We are pleased to introduce our new Executive Chef Hector Diaz, a veteran of David Burke Kitchen in SoHo. He succeeds our founding chef David Malbequi, an alumnus of the Daniel Boulud and Laurent Tourondel empires. Like Malbequi, Diaz prizes simplicity in cooking, highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients and classic French culinary techniques. He started his career as a protégé of acclaimed chef Andrew Rothschild while at the legendary Miami restaurant The Forge.
SHOUT-OUT TO LOCAL FARMERS: We are proud of our vendors who include mostly tri-state farms and small producers who care about their processes and products.
• HAPPY HOUR (Monday–Thursday, 5:00-7:00 pm, available at the bar only). Buy one, get one free, applicable to all beers, cocktail of the day, and select wine by the glass.
• MONDAYS = $1.50 OYSTERS. Fresh East Coast oysters, $1.50 each, served by the half-dozen or dozen.
• $25 BOOZY BRUNCH (weekends 10:00 am–4:30 pm): Eggs Benedict or Florentine or Croque Monsieur/Madame + organic Vittoria coffee (free refills) + one brunch cocktail (Mimosa, Lychee Bellini, Earl Grey Martini, Classic Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria, Espresso Cocktail).
• LES Enfants Délice: Try our to-go annex next door! Organic espresso drinks + cold brew, fresh-baked croissants and pain au chocolat, baguette sandwiches, crêpes Bretonnes (savory galette de sarrasin, made with gluten-free buckwheat flour), sweet crêpes, salads, Adirondack Creamery ice cream + more! We proudly serve organic fair-trade Vittoria Coffee. Open daily (weekdays 7:45 am to 8:00 pm, weekends 9 am to 8:00 pm).
* Please be advised that we do NOT accept coupons from Restaurant.com. If you purchased a coupon and have not redeemed it, ask Restaurant.com for a refund. *
* Call to order from LES Enfants Délice or LES Enfants de Bohème, for pick-up. Deliveries coming soon. *
* CASH ONLY at LES Enfants de Bohème. Credit cards accepted for deliveries and at our to-go shop, LES Enfants Délice. *
Vive la résistance!
WEEKLY ACTS OF RESISTANCE Postcard writing sessions, every Monday, 5-7 pm. We'll provide postcards, stamps, lists of addresses and summaries of issues that need urgent attention. This is our small contribution to encouraging steady, local action. Also, collective resistance (and a glass of wine) helps stave off fatigue and despair! Guests are not obliged to consume anything -- just pop by if you want to dash off a card. We will donate a percentage of sales to our favored causes, women's reproductive rights and immigrants rights (Planned Parenthood and ACLU).
DESIGN + AMBIANCE
Interiors: Stefan Jonot with Freecell Architecture; Mural: Jeanne Verdoux and John Gibson
Owner Stefan Jonot wanted to create a space that feels as welcoming as a typical corner bistro in Paris—a place that becomes a part of our neighbors' daily routines, from drinking coffee to reading the paper, working through lunch or meeting friends for an apero, dining with the family or grabbing a nightcap on the way home. Freecell Architecture (John Hartmann, Lauren Crahan, Sam McBride) collaborated on the design and space organization. Freecell is an award-winning architecture studio whose work includes the design of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2012), showrooms for Alexander Wang, Diesel, and other retailers, as well as private lofts, exhibitions, and public installations.
WALL INSTALLATION: Les Enfants de Bohème commissioned French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect/ illustrator John Gibson to create a site-specific wall mural. The mural draws from Verdoux's sketchbook, which includes her acclaimed drawing series New Yorkers on the Subway, immediate portraits on New Yorker subscription cards that capture glimpses of everyday life. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. Her partner and husband John Gibson works with interior designers, set designers, and landscape architects, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, House Beautiful, The Daily News.
Designed by Julio Salcedo / Scalar Architecture, with Marpillero Pollak.
We are proud to have created the Lower East Side's first Street Seat, a new program of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that expands seating and greenery in public spaces by temporarily removing one or two parking spaces. Street Seats—also known as parklets—have been emerging in recent years in cities all over the world, asserting the importance of social spaces and enriching pedestrian experiences. LES Enfants de Bohème's Street Seat is only one of two dozen examples in New York City, and one of the only two in the Lower East side. Marpillero Pollak (Linda Pollak) and Scalar Architecture (Julio Salcedo, Benjamin Prager, Carsten, Young) collaborated with Les Enfants de Bohème's Cathy Lang Ho to create a street intervention using materials native to the street, resulting in a pocket plaza with an urban (rather than suburban) character. Consulting the DOT's street construction standards, the designers fashioned heavy timbers (usually used as traffic barriers) into benches, metal railing/scaffold into an enclosure, and bright safety fencing, which heightens the visibility of the structure. The Street Seat is an open public area that is free for anyone to enjoy. Special thanks to Shari Glickman of the DOT and Jesse Danger of the Movement Creative for their invaluable help!