The weirdest coupling since Tom Cruise and Cher, this Lower East Side den is one part Neapolitan trattoria and one part Asian cocktail bar. The bi-level space is a cross-cultural blend of Venetian plaster, chinoiserie accents and Buddha statues. In the 44-seat upstairs restaurant, decorated with tufted booths and marble tables, Naples native Pasquale Frola offers Southern Italian specialties (balsamic-drizzled crudi, tagliatelle with caramelized fennel), while pizzaiolo Michele Bisogno pulls novel pies (mushroom-and-mashed-potato, sausage-and-broccoli-rabe) from a wood-burning oven. Frola delves into heartier stock in the 16-seat private dining room, carving large-format feasts (deboned rib eye, whole-roasted duck) tableside. Down a flight of stairs, the cocktail bar—outfitted with chocolate wainscoting and a rosewood bar—offers smaller plates and Asian-inflected quaffs, with a nightly lineup of DJs behind the decks.
Louie and Chan
|Venue name:||Louie and Chan||Contact:|
303 Broome St
|Cross street:||at Forsyth St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D to Grand St; J to Bowery|
|Price:||Average entrée: $18. AmEx, MC, V|