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).
Photo caption: From left, partners Simon Harsent, Josh Lucas, Cathy Lang Ho, Stefan Jonot + Danny Rivera
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.
Monday Night Postcard Actions
Since inauguration day, we have hosted Monday night postcard writing -- during Happy Hour, of course! -- drawing together neighbors to write our representatives to block the Trump agenda. We provide postcards, addresses, stamps, and suggested action items, prioritizing the most urgent issues of the day. What better way to #Resist than with your neighbors (and a cocktail)?? Check our website and calendar for updates.
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 the International Rescue Committee and progressive political campaigns. We hope you understand.
SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY
We love dogs. But due to our small space, we can only accommodate dogs that serve the hearing, vision, and otherwise medically impaired. We cannot accommodate emotional support dogs (in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act which does not classify emotional support dogs as service animals). In good weather, please note that we have two window tables and our Street Street, which guests may enjoy with their animal friends.
We are not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal and we are not required to provide food or a special location for the animal. Medical support dogs who are approved in the dining area must abide by the following New York state and New York City Department of Health regulations:
• Be licensed and currently vaccinated against rabies;
• Are not allowed to sit on chairs, benches, or other furniture, and are not permitted to stand or sit in aisles. They must stay under tables;
• May not eat from plates or bowls provided to customers by the restaurant. (They may only eat and drink from single-use disposable containers.)
• Must be removed immediately if the animal becomes aggressive or threatening; note that we are required to report any biting incidents to the NYC Health Department.
Classic French bistro fare updated with a modern sensibility. We are proud to source from local, organic farms. Dine in at the restaurant, linger at the bar, or grab a quick bite or drink from LES Enfants Délice, our creperie/coffeeshop next door.
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.