Seen & Heard: Au Cheval Isn’t Opening Anytime Soon

••• I didn’t recall this wonderful door on Cortlandt Alley, but Google Maps caught it on Street View, so maybe I’ve had my head in my phone whenever I’ve walked by. This will be the entrance to Au Cheval, the Chicago restaurant opening at 79 Walker. I peeked inside, and the buildout hasn’t even begun.

••• The New Orleans restaurant 1803 no longer plans on having a dedicated jazz club downstairs, although there was jazz during Mardi Gras and may yet be again. Instead, there are occasional free comedy shows (including one tonight).

••• 11 Greene, the building going up at the northwest Canal, seems to be finally moving forward.

••• I thought something might be happening at the 51 Murray storefront (most recently a Subway), but then I saw a new listing for it.

••• The intermittent A+E Studios gallery at 160 W. Broadway is back with a show of paintings by Annie Shinn.



  1. Is it just me, or does anyone else find the name “Au cheval” unfortunate (it makes me think they’re serving horse meant)?

    • From a Huffington Post rave about the Au Cheval in Chicago: “‘Au Cheval’ literally means ‘on horseback’ but in France, if a food on a menu is described with that phrase, it means ‘a fried egg on top.'”

      • From the French language police:

        “Au cheval” literally means “at the horse.” It seems likely that “au cheval” is a corruption of “à cheval.”

        In French, “à cheval” means “on horseback.”

        “Steak haché oeuf à cheval” means “hamburger with a fried egg on top.”