Published February 20, 2013
Midday in Paris
A Sunny French Bistro in Nolita
We don’t like to tell you what to do.
And you don’t like being told what to do.
So today, we’re going with a real laissez-faire approach to your leisure time.
It’ll happen at Cantine Parisienne
, a big open bistro with lots of natural light and some
extremely French-sounding food from the Tartinery guys, opening tonight in the Nolitan Hotel.
Take a load off here. Don’t have anywhere to be. Just have some coffee and a pastry. Tell the waitress
you’re not ready a few times. Because you’re here to relax and people-watch. To converse. Then,
eventually, have some pâté and veal scallops.
a café (near the hotel lobby), a restaurant and a bar at your service.
Just grab a spot that looks comfortable. It’s all visible from anywhere you pick. Light-gray hues on
everything, sunlight or streetlights beaming through 20-foot windows. If you’ve got sexy Serge Gainsbourg
songs playing in your head, well, you’ve got the idea.
They’ve even got cocktails named for Serge and Jane Birkin (by a vet from the Dutch)—one with cognac,
Chartreuse, vermouth and bitters, and one with gin, applejack, lemon, lime and egg white. And you’ll want
one of those.
There’s a strict bring-your-own-Bardot policy, though.
40 Kenmare St
(at Mott St)
New York, NY 10012