An Old Favorite Returns as Les Enfants de Bohème Opens on Henry Street

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 at 5:12 am by

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Rebound.

Three years a refugee, Les Enfants Terribles is back with a new permanent home and modified identity. Original owner Stefan Junot (and his wife) – who first opened at Ludlow and Canal a decade ago – headed further east to the fringe in much the same way. Les Enfants de Bohème was officially coronated at 177 Henry Street Tuesday afternoon after roughly a week in soft launch mode. It’s a return to form – nine months in the making – that will likely have longtime fans giddy.

Former Boulud chef David Malbequi is helming the kitchen for the French bistro, and will oversee a rotating weekly menu. Meanwhile, a charcuterie will prepare the selection of meats and cheeses on site.

But Les Enfants de Bohème is full service, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And in a radical move, Jonot, who lives across the street, will introduce “family friendly seating” come September. The idea is that, between 5pm and 7pm, children are separated on one side of the establishment from their parents.

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Most notable to the naked eye, however, is the installation of the Street Seat out front (Jefferson Street side). The goal of this seasonal sidewalk extension is to “open up” the area to become more “inviting.” The public spot would come at the expense, albeit temporarily, of one curbside parking space. Anyone can sit here, not just the bistro customers. As sponsor maintenance partners, the Jonots will police the placement and store the equipment (i.e. chairs and tables) in their cellar space.

After morphing into Skal two years ago, Jonot’s loyal fanbase was left scrambling. Its old stomping grounds now the hottest Lower East Side destination for trendy restaurants. Les Enfants de Bohème presumably fills that void.

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[h/t Bedford + Bowery]

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