Frenchette New
241 W. Broadway
(bet. Walker and White)
More fancy than casual

Chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson worked on Keith McNally restaurants—Balthazar, Pastis, et al—for 16 years before deciding to venture out on their own. Frenchette, named for a 1978 David Johansen song. It’s a beauty. The gleaming wood paneling, the zinc bar, the leather banquettes, the Art Moderne curves…. It’s an idealized vision of a bistro that calls to mind a McNally restaurant. That’s sort of the idea, and not at all the idea: They want to build on what they’ve learned about food, service, and design. Frenchette is currently open for dinner only, but it will start serving lunch, breakfast, and brunch—possibly not in that order—in coming months.