New Kid on the Block: Titsou Bar

There are three restaurant/bars at the new Fouquet’s New York hotel on Desbrosses and Greenwich, and I started with the cutest: the sort-of hidden jewel box of a cocktail bar nestled between the lobby and the main restaurant, Brasserie Fouquet’s.

Once you get past the price tag (our tab for five cocktails was $150, so if you take friends from Harlem or DC, don’t show them the menu) you can indulge in what is a completely over-the-top luxe setting. We clustered around the end of the bar — which passed my litmus test of hooks underneath the lip — because it’s always the most fun, but the banquette (below) is pretty cozy.

My guess is they are not expecting a local crowd here — it seems tailored to hotel guests — but it’s worth a visit just for the barware. For a visual key, here are the cocktails shown below in order: Titsou’s G+T, Joie de Vivre, Watermelon Fumee. The Joie de Vivre had a smoke bubble generated by a smoke-bubble-shooting gun, which kind of looks like something out of Dr. Who. And since I don’t drink cocktails I can only tell you that they *looked* beautiful.

Fouquet’s is part of the Hotel Barrière luxury resort chain out of France; Lucien Barrière, who took over the company in the ’60s, was called “Titsou” by his daughter Diane, who succeeded him at the helm in the ’90s. The Barrière brand now represents 18 hotels, 32 casinos and one gambling club, more than 140 restaurants and bars, 15 spas, one thalassotherapy center and one balneotherapy, and nearly 7,000 workers.

More soon on Par Ici — their lunch (for now) restaurant in the back courtyard (that also has a beautiful bar) and Brasserie Fouquet’s New York, the more expansive restaurant in the southwest corner. And of course, a tour of the hotel itself.

Titsou Bar
28 Desbrosses at Greenwich
917-965 2583
Monday to Sunday, 5p to 1a



  1. Quote: “Once you get past the price tag (our tab for five cocktails was $150, so if you take friends from Harlem or DC, don’t show them the menu.” This is a r@cist dog whistle and has no place in our community. All I would typically give this bar a chance, I won’t spend my money here.

    • No, I was not implying anything about race — I was with white friends from those two places. If you are not used to Tribeca prices, it can be a shock.

      • I’ll take your word but as a journalist, it is unbelievable that you didn’t take into consideration the demographics of DC and Harlem when making that statement.

        • I agree. I stood shocked by reading that. I’m like what are they implying by mentioning Harlem and DC. The demographics in those areas are primarily African American so to say someone from Harlem or DC would be shocked by the menu is extremely racist and disappointing. Those prices aren’t even that extreme, $20-25 dollars for a cocktail is standard in mostly all areas of NYC. I think you need to edit that Ms. Tribeca Citizen.
          -FROM UWS