Andre Saraiva Debuts ‘Cafe Henrie’ on Forsyth Street

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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Cafe Henrie debuted yesterday at 110 Forsyth Street. Its purple neons were illuminated for the first time last week, which had signaled the arrival.

As first disclosed here, Cafe Henrie is the creation of Andre Saraiva, founder of Le Baron and a popular street artist (“Mr. A”) who’s responsible for those grinning stick figures around the neighborhood (and who recently moved to the neighborhood). A month after breaking the news, we give you a basic look at the interior. We’re told that it’s a no-frills cafeteria to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the reality seems to suggest that.

The high-ceiling dining room is dotted with colorful two-tops and chairs.

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The New York Times follows up our tablescraps:

Le Monde will be delivered there, and there will be coffee (by Counter Culture) and tea (by his friend Waris Ahluwalia, the actor, jeweler and tea purveyor). The ceramic cups are custom-made by the American Memphis artist Peter Shire, and furniture is by Prouvé from Mr. Saraiva’s own personal décor. (“I’m missing them at my apartment,” he said.)

His list of friends is long. The artist Tom Sachs designed a bench for the cafe, modeled on the Prouvé benches but constructed out of a police barricade. Another artist, Petra Collins, created the neon Henrie sign that glows mauve above the door. (The name Henrie is a tribute to Henrietta, Mr. Saraiva’s 5½-year-old daughter with the electronic musician Uffie.)

So far, Henrie appears to be predominantly a daytime haunt. There hasn’t been an application submitted to Community Board 3 for either a full liquor or beer-wine license. Anything’s possible. We’ll keep you posted.

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