Louie and Chan

Restaurants, Italian Lower East Side
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.


Venue name: Louie and Chan
Address: 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
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