Openings

10 Things to Know About Dirty French

By Kelly Dobkin  |  September 2, 2014

1. The team behind hit restaurants Parm, Carbone and Torrisi Italian Specialities is gearing up to open their first non-Italian-American restaurant, Dirty French, in the Ludlow Hotel. 

Photos by Michael Harlan Turkell

Salmon maison with potato and dill

2. Partner Jeff Zalaznick tells us that the move into French cuisine was inevitable: "I think we always knew we’d end up heading in a French direction. Rich (Torrisi) is truly a French chef at heart."

3. The menu will play on classic French dishes like duck à l'orange and trout meunière, clam almondine, salmon maison (pictured above) and more. "All of these words on our menu, you would find on a classic bistro or brasserie menu," Zalaznick tells us. "But we’re taking that classic technique and building flavor profiles that makes sense on top of it. Some of the influences come from different areas of France that aren’t Parisian, or neighborhoods that have more international influences. Also we're drawing from other places where they speak French, or other places where French culture has had an impact."

4. The Dirty French team will provide all the food and drink throughout the hotel, including room service. "The room service won't be Dirty French," Zalaznick says. "But it will be our own take on room-service classics."

5. The drinks have been designed by Major Food Group's cocktail master, Thomas Waugh, and will feature plays on classic cocktails, including many made with French apéritifs like like pastis, absinthe and more.

6. The space has a vintage feel to it with burgundy leather banquettes, 1970s-looking flower arrangements, wood-beamed ceilings, white brick walls and chandeliers that wouldn't look out of place in an episode of Game of Thrones.

7. This is the lamb carpaccio with goat cheese, olives, figs and fresh mint. 

8. The walls are accented by hot-pink felt roosters, the restaurant's signature color. 

9. Dirty French is located at 180 Ludlow Street and opens on Thursday. You can make a reservation by calling 212-254-3000. 

10. Or you can snag one by emailing reservations@dirtyfrench.com.