There’s something about the changing of seasons and/or special occasions (like right now the holidays), that really inspires me to change certain staples in place to get in the spirit of the time that’s too come. For example, once spring
Next time you’re looking for a cozy and welcoming destination — check out Louie and Chan. Located in the Lower East Side, the restaurant certainly feels like you’ve stepped into a home from the 1920’s. It feels comfortable and a place you want to spend time with new friends and old friends. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious. It features a candlelit room decorated with soft pinks and hardwood with gold accents throughout and a great sitting.
The dining menu created by executive chef, Kevin Chun is heavily rooted in rustic Italian cuisine with unexpected upscale epicurean. Many of the dishes are so generous in size, including the Italian Formaggi and Salumi plates, that they can easily serve two guests. The menu also includes stand out appetizers such as the Charred Octopus with 12year Old Balsamic (a must if you like octopus so delicious), Wood Fired Stuffed Sardines and Foie Gras Arancini. As the menu is influenced by Italian cuisine naturally there’s a pizza selection (try the Tartufata Pizza so yum: hint there’s truffle oil) and that’s honestly the best part of the menu. The pasta options are all superb and you’re a lover of pasta don’t go home without trying the Tagliatelle Rici served with fresh sea urchin and caviar and served in the sea urchin shell is one of the most stunning and flavor dishes that come to recent memory.
Below the restaurant, is Chan’s Cocktail Lounge that serves up craft cocktails by Nesha Korak and plays host to the weekly 1920s jazz and burlesque party, “Chan’s Parlor,” each Tuesday. The party transports guests back to the swinging era complete with Prohibition prices for cocktails from 7PM to 8PM at just 35 cents! There is also a nightclub that hosts some the hottest DJs called the303. However, the real secret is Louie and Chan’s Private Dining Room called, “The Louie,” that can host intimate dinner parties of up to 15 guests and gives you the option to fully personalize your dining experience with customizable menu, music, and cocktails all set in a recreated one-of-a-kind 1920s dining room. It is the perfect setting for holiday dinners to make you still feel like you are in the comfort of a fabulous home.
Louie and Chan is located at 303 Broome Street, New York City. Visit the website for menu, hours and reservations – www.louieandchan.com