Restaurateur Stefan Jonot wanted to create a space that feels as welcoming as a typical corner bistro in Paris, his home city—an unfussy, welcoming spot that becomes a part of locals' daily routines, from drinking coffee to reading the paper, working through lunch or meeting friends for an apero, dining with the family or grabbing a nightcap on the way home. His previous restaurant, Les Enfants Terribles, was an early Lower East Side settler and fondly remembered as a living room of sorts for the neighborhood. As someone who spent his younger years organizing underground parties in Paris, making music documentaries, and building more than a few restaurants and bars, Jonot found his way to the Lower East Side almost 20 years ago. For LES Enfants de Bohème, Jonot partnered with his wife, design writer and curator Cathy Lang Ho (Architect magazine, Spontaneous Interventions), as well as longtime Lower East Side resident and actor Joshu Lucas (Sweet Home Alabamba, A Beautiful Mind, most recently the Broadway play "Parisian Woman" with Uma Thurman); restaurateur Daniel Rivera (David's Cafe on St. Mark's, previously Crooked Tree); and British photographer Simon Harsent (Pool Collective, Sarah Laird & Good Company).
Award-winning firm Freecell Architecture (John Hartmann, Lauren Crahan, Sam McBride) collaborated on the design and space organization. French visual artist Jeanne Verdoux and Scottish architect/ illustrator John Gibson created a site-specific wall mural that draws from Verdoux's acclaimed drawing series that capture glimpses of New Yorkers in everyday life. We are proud to have the Lower East Side's first Street Seat, a public seating area designed by Linda Pollak (Marpillero Pollak) and Julio Salcedo (Scalar Architecture).
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LES Enfants Délice
Our grab-and-go spot next door (18 Jefferson) offers delicious savory and sweet crêpes, baguette sandwiches (like the kind you find in boulangeries in France!), salads, and more. Authentic French croissants, pain au chocolat and baguettes are baked fresh daily!
Call ahead and place your order for pick-up (646) 476-3950. Deliveries made within the neighborhood.
We are proud to introduce the Lower East Side's first and only Street Seat, a new program of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that expands seating and greenery in public spaces by temporarily removing one or two parking spaces. Ours is only one of a dozen new examples to be realized in New York City this year. Marpillero Pollak and Scalar Architecture helped create a street intervention using materials native to the street, resulting in a pocket plaza with an urban (rather than suburban) character. Consulting the DOT's street construction standards, the designers fashioned heavy timbers (usually used as traffic barriers) into benches, metal railing/scaffold into an enclosure, and bright safety fencing, which heightens the visibility of the structure. The Street Seat is an open public area that is free for anyone to enjoy.
Partners / Suppliers
We are proud to partner with organic locally produced Adirondack Creamery ice cream, a local small-batch producer that sources its ingredients from upstate New York farms. Come try the new Syrian Date and Walnut ice cream; proceeds from the sales are donated to support Syrian refugees. Stay tuned for news about an ice cream fundraiser! We are also proud to serve organic fair-trade Vittoria Coffee.
A note about our cash-only policy.
Note that the restaurant is cash only; we have an ATM on the premises for your convenience. We know this decision is unpopular with some customers, but credit card companies take 2.5 to 4% for each transaction, which amounts to a large sum for a small business like ours. We prefer to pass on these savings to our customers and to donate to good causes, such as our neighborhood nonprofits, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and International Rescue Committee. We hope you understand.
Classic French bistro fare updated with a modern sensibility. Visit the restaurant for table service or to hang out at the bar, or grab a quick bite or iced coffee at LES Enfants Délice, our crêperie/coffeeshop, and enjoy our sunny Street Seat.
L'apéro — a French tradition
“L’apéritif, c’est la prière du soir des Français,” wrote Paul Morand. "The apéritif is the evening prayer of the French." Our craft cocktails are inspired by seasonal offerings. Mon-Thur, 4–7 pm, happy hour for select wine, beer, + cocktails.