Dauphin at Le Boudoir
Guillotine at Le Boudoir
Fans of France’s most detested monarch finally have a liquor-filled hideout to drown their bourgie sorrows. Husband-and-wife owners Tarek Debira and Patricia Ageheim run Chez Moi—the très charming French restaurant in Brooklyn Heights—but have recently added a much-less-quaint, Marie Antoinette–inspired speakeasy in the basement of that bistro. While the service (20 minutes to get a drink) is far from the royal treatment, Le Boudoir makes up for those faux pas with historical thrills, channeling its audacious queen with silver-plated chalices, neoclassical paintings and even a doorknob lifted from Marie’s actual Versailles bedroom.
ORDER THIS: Cocktails, created by Franky Marshall (the Dead Rabbit), err on the side of excessive, but what else would you expect? Too-rich sips include the Dauphin ($13), which has an almond- and coconut-milk base shot with absinthe and chili liqueur. It’s liquid dessert, served chilled and wedged inside a bowl of ice the pebbled cubes of which have a nasty habit of flying everywhere (including the inside of your shoe). A refreshing reprieve comes courtesy the Jardin Royale ($12), which softens blanco tequila, La Quintinye extra dry vermouth and pamplemousse liqueur with lavender soda.
GOOD FOR: An undercover night out, away from the watchful gaze of Instagram and Snapchat. (The subterranean setting means cell phone service is spotty, and here, it’s a blessing.) The dimly lit, 55-seat watering hole succeeds as a speakeasy because you actually feel as if you’re hiding. The entrance to the intimate lounge is disguised by a bookshelf that is a replica of one from the late queen’s library. (Tip: Don’t try to exit the same way you walked in; the owners might threaten you with the guillotine—and not the cocktail version.)
THE CLINCHER: Lavished in plush red-velvet banquettes, gilded mirrors and castle-like sconces, this blast from the French past has just one anachronistic inaccuracy: the Jazz Age music crooning through the sound system. In fact, if Marie herself were a boozehound (we already know she was nuts about cake), it’s easy to imagine her opulent ghost haunting the bar’s bathroom, a duplicate of her private powder room—hopefully, with her head still attached.
|Venue name:||Le Boudoir||Contact:|
135 Atlantic Ave
|Cross street:||between Clinton and Henry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 6pm–1am; Fri, Sat 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Bergen St (Smith St)|
|Price:||Average drink: $13|
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Down an easy-to-miss staircase under Chez Moi is Le Boudoir. It's a cozy space with fantastic cocktails and a warmth that's perfect for going out with friends or a date.
With drinks and light food and Monday night Live Jazz you should definitely check this place out!