Until now, the Upper West Side hasn’t exactly been the default go-to Gallic destination for a romantic tryst or ‘significant other’ supper, but all that is set to change now that restaurateur Greg Hunt has taken a feuille out of famed brasserie Balthazar’s livre and hit the grandslam glam pedal hard to the floor with Cafe Tallulah. A bi-level space with jazz-grooved bistro upstairs and distinctly casual cocktail bar downstairs, Cafe Tallulah comes complete with exposed brick walls, velvet theatre drapes and awesome rink-a-dink zinc long bar. But it takes more than a pressed tin ceiling and a few snaps of Jagger and Bardot to attract both locals and A-Listers, which is where Hunt plays his trump cards – cocktails designed by mixologist Dushan Zaric (of Employees Only), while Roxanna Spruance (of wd-50) works magic behind the stoves.
Take a deft, if dependable gambol through the bistro bible of wagyu bourgignon, fruits de mer and moules frites, and don’t miss the winter warmer soupe de biere of belgian ale, cheddar leeks and quail egg, or the wicked truffle fries. In the way of drinks, we love The Gilbert’s Bar Sol Pisco Italia, with muddled Concord grapes and oaked Chardonnay, or the Serge Gainsbourg, a fresh, tangy combo of Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka with fresh cucumber, mint and lemon. As if that weren’t enough, February will also see the launch of Cafe Tallulah’s weekend family brunch. Bistr-oh, hello!