Openings

First Look: Le Boudoir, a Marie Antoinette-Inspired Bar in Brooklyn

By Emily Siegel  |  January 14, 2016
Credit: Nicole Franzen

Photos by Nicole Franzen

The gist: It's the secret, Marie Antoinette-themed bar you never knew you really needed—Le Boudoir opens this evening in Brooklyn Heights. You'll enter through Chez Moi, the beloved French eatery owned by Parisian couple Tarek Debira and Patricia Ageheim, behind a bookshelf that simulates one that the famed Queen of France had in her personal library. Once you enter behind the bookshelf, you'll descend a flight of stairs into this lavish lair where French-inspired food and cocktails await. Also: High Kirsten Dunst sighting potensh. 

The space: The underground, Rococo-style (read: decadent) space was inspired by the famed Queen of France’s private chambers at Versailles. In addition to velvet banquettes and vintage sconces from French chateaus, you'll find a Steinway Piano, ornate gilded mirrors, and a geometric wood ceiling, a reproduction of a flooring pattern found in the original Versailles palace. Toward the rear of the room, you'll find a leather banquette-lined stone grotto (pictured at top), an abandoned tunnel uncovered underneath Atlantic Avenue during construction. The bathrooms are exact replicas of the spendy Queen's original private powder room.

The food: Le Boudoir's snacky food menu, called Les Petits Pleasures (the little pleasures), skews traditional French. Think small plates of country pate with cornichons, French fries with garlic and parmesan and crispy frog's legs. For dessert, indulge in decadent classics like chocolate mousse and crème brûlée.

The drinks: Beverage director Franky Marshall (Monkey Bar, The Dead Rabbit) offers a French-inspired drink menu with names that pay homage to Antoinette herself. Lay back on a velvet divan like the queen that you are while sipping on an 1793: toasted sunflower seed-infused rye, Oloroso sherry, and Demerara sugar; or The Guillotine: mezcal Loven, blended scotch, banane de Bresil and honey. Cocktails are served in luxe silver-plated goblets and crystal d’arcques glassware.

The details: 135 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, underground; 347-227-8337