Take a Peek Inside Torrisi Team’s Dirty French at the Ludlow Hotel, Opening Mid-August

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 at 5:38 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The Ludlow Hotel (aka The Ludlow) debuted last month, culminating a convoluted journey that lasted nearly a decade. Reservations for the BD Hotels-operated lodge began almost immediately, but it took a few weeks longer for Torrisi and company (i.e. Major Food Group) to roll out the goods. Four weeks ago, the lobby bar opened, but the Dirty French was still rumored for late-July. Here we are in August and it’s still not live.

Now a rep from the Major Food Group assures us that Dirty French won’t launch until at least “mid-August.” We scoped out the state of progress on the ground floor. Take a gander for yourself. It’s a pretty large space with plenty of tiling.

This image has been archived or removed.

As for menu, Grub St said the following yesterday:

That just reflects the trio’s aim to funkify and liven up classic cuisine, to infuse familiar dishes with flavors borrowed from far-flung outposts of the French culinary diaspora.

That bit of whimsy explains the presence of Moroccan ras el hanout in the duck à l’orange; the crêpe indochine served with tuna tartare; and especially the influence of New Orleans, evident in Torrisi’s interpretations of dirty rice, Creole relish, and even an oysters en brochette inspired by Galatoire’s.

Meanwhile, blue tape on the exterior marks the spot presumably where Dirty French will be written.

But you’ll need to wait a few more weeks.

Recent Stories

About that Mammoth Matador Mural on Allen Street

Muralist Conor Harrington returned to the Lower East Side two weeks ago to impart one of the larger murals in the neighborhood. The five-story artwork, located on the Allen Street facade of 266 Broome – outside the Emma Peel Room – is striking and hard to miss. What appears to be a matador in stance […]

Justin Theroux Really Wants You to Know his Chrystie Street Bar is the ‘Diviest’ New Dive

Actor Justin Theroux and other nighlife impresarios opened Ray’s on Chrystie Street last week, taking the space previously occupied by Le Turtle. Best part about the arrival was receiving a thousand-word, ipso-facto media advisory explaining how the establishment is the “Lower East Side’s diviest new dive bar.” Here are some choice bytes: Ray’s joins New […]

After a Century on the Bowery, Faerman Cash Registers is Cashing out

brief documentary At one point in the mid-twentieth century, the Bowery boasted several cash register stores; soon, though, the count could be down to one. In operation for over a century, the iconic Faerman Cash Register Company is about to depart. The business recently put its building at 159 Bowery up for sale, and there […]

Taco Mix Opens Lower East Side Restaurant on Delancey Street

Taco Mix just launched its newest city outpost. Headquartered on Delancey Street, the fast casual establishment is a year in the making, and began serving last week. Founded on 116th Street in 1991, Taco Mix is known for its al pastor tacos, and considered by many as one of the city’s best. The Spanish Harlem-based […]

Street Artist Fixes ‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street

Friends don’t let friends have their murals tagged without recourse. For the “27 Club” piece on Rivington Street, it meant Hektad to the rescue. You’ll recall that earlier this month, a group of no-name taggers scrawled over the headshots painted by Eduardo Kobra. This action prompted a response letter from the community about how amateur […]