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
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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.

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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.

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