Le District

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4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Le District
Photograph: Hélène Dujardin

FiDi-focused restaurant mogul Peter Poulakakos has launched a whopping 10 projects south of Chambers Street (Dead Rabbit, Pier A Harbor House), but this industrial-styled French-food complex is his largest undertaking yet. The 30,000-square-foot market is divided into a bakery-café, meat and cheese stalls, an open-air grocery shop and the sit-down brasserie, Beaubourg. “This is not a food court, it’s a cultural experience,” says Poulakakos. “In each pocket there are different influences—from Tunisia, Vietnam, even New Orleans.” At the zinc-topped coffee counter, pour-overs of house-blended Stone Street Coffee accompany sweet and savory crêpes, French pastries (éclairs, gallettes) and chocolates imported by France’s La Cure Gourmande. Wander deeper into the market quadrant, which includes a boulangerie serving fresh breads and baguette sandwiches, cheesemongers hawking Swiss, Canadian and French curds to complement local charcuterie, and a florist helmed by Flowers by Yasmine. In the garden section you'll find grab-and-go dishes like boeuf bourguignonne and grocery items including imported Moroccan coffee and fresh local produce. Just ahead is the restaurant-bar area, where servers navigate between booths in Beaubourg’s white-tiled dining room, delivering modern Gallic classics, such as garlic-sautéed frog legs over spaetzle. Le Bar, the bistro’s cocktail den, offers a soapstone bar and white-marble high tops for unwinding with a glass of vin, while the forthcoming L’appart tasting-menu chef’s table presents 10 to 12 greenmarket-driven courses to guests sitting inside the living-room–inspired space.

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Venue name: Le District
Contact:
Address: Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St
New York
10281
Cross street: at South End Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-11pm; Sat, Sun till 11pm
Transport: Subway: R to Cortlandt St; E to World Trade Center
Price: Average entree $30.
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tastemaker

Great view, food and staff, excellent rosé service made for a nice treat with a friend visit New York. Fab steak tartare and Niçoise salad. No complaints. After all it was a 4 hour lunch!

tastemaker

I had a great dining experience over a month ago when I visited them on a warm Sunday evening. The staff was attentive and the service was efficient. My meal could not have tasted any better. I was delighted with my whole grilled branzino with a side of asparagus and bread along with a refreshing frose. Prices were on the medium to higher end of the spectrum but my overall stay was very pleasant. Place looked very appealing with outdoor seating and an intriguing indoor space for dining and cocktails. This is a definite classy spot. Conveniently located adjacent to the Brookfield Place shopping center. My every pennies were well invested. 

tastemaker

French version of Eataly and really just as chaotic. Spend some time wandering around their sections of cheese, wine and bread. Groceries aren't as bad as you would think and it's a great place to grab gifts and trinkets for loved ones. Would come back to try out their restaurant.

tastemaker

Walking into Le District, you'll think of French-themed Eataly, but without the almost overwhelming commotion. In a  good way. Everything you could want is located on the ground level of Brookfield place and makes for a great, albeit expensive, stop before a picnic. 


As for Le Bar, this place is perfect for a few drinks post-work, mid-Christmas sightseeing or pre-ice skating. It works well for multiple occasions. 


I wasn't overly impressed with the food, including a very small cheese plate, but it's easy enough to order a few small plates with your bottle of wine, of which they have an impressive selection.