Lobby Bar, the latest Torrisi venture, opens at the Ludlow Hotel

The Carbone owners tease the forthcoming Dirty French opening with an upmarket cocktail lounge

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  • Photograph: Cayla Zahoran

    Pigalle at Lobby Bar

  • Photograph: Cayla Zahoran

    Zaragoza at Lobby Bar

  • Photograph: Cayla Zahoran

    L'Usine at Lobby Bar

Photograph: Cayla Zahoran

Pigalle at Lobby Bar

As phase one of Dirty French, the upcoming bistro blowout inside the Ludlow Hotel, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick—the powerhouse trio that revamped meatballs at Parm and vodka-sauced rigatoni at Carbone—are launching a gritty cocktail lounge in the hotel lobby. There, notable barman Thomas Waugh (also of ZZ’s Clam Bar) shakes spiced cocktails like the Chai Matsuda (chai bourbon, Americano, cardamom) and the Zaragoza (tequila, vanilla yogurt, clove) alongside fellow barkeep Dan Nicolaescu, while an extensive beer-and-wine list focuses on French vin and Belgian suds. In addition to the dark-wood-and-leather interior, decked out with vintage radio speakers, a garden courtyard seats an extra 50 outside, with a large window peering into the restaurant’s kitchen. 180 Ludlow St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-254-3000)

COCKTAILS, $16
Montecristo: Irish whiskey, crème de banane, amontillado, fresh lime
Chai Matsuda: chai bourbon, Americano, cardamom, orange bitters
Muddy Water: cumin rye, Irish whiskey, cinnamon, bitters, absinthe
Belmondo: tequila, pear, ginger, fresh lemon juice
Lilikoi: cognac, Jamaican rum, passion fruit, falernum, fresh lime, bitters
Grand Prix: Japanese whiskey, coconut vermouth, ras el hanout, bitters
Pigalle: bourbon, ancho chile, fresh orange and lemon juices,
Zaragoza: tequila, vanilla yogurt, crème de pêche, fresh lime, clove
Ludlow Gimlet: gin, cinnamon, crème de abricot, fresh lime
Lusine: banana-chip black rum, coffee-bean vermouth, amaro, cacao
Imperial Planter’s Punch: rum, planters spices, fresh grapefruit and lime juices


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