Taavo Somer’s French New Wave Spot on Chrystie Street Identified as ‘Le Turtle’

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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​Le Turtle, an appropriate name for a local restaurant more than seven months in the making. This is the identity of Taavo Somer’s newest Lower East Side project on Chrystie Street.

As reported, local heavyhitter Taavo Somer recently paired up with Carlos Quirarte, co-owner of The Smile, to create Le Turtle, a sixteen-table establishment that serves “French New Wave health food.” To realize the dream, the duo previously purchased the assets of failed Italian restaurant Antonioni’s at 177 Chrystie Street.

Work on the ground-level dining room has been slow, to say the least. But it’s finally coming together. Decor is definitely of the modern feel, with plenty of tiling, mirrors, and industrial-style fixtures. Nevertheless, it seems that Le Turtle has already been serving meals to elite industry gatherings. Warby Parker reportedly booked a private party back in mid-September, and the inaugural CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative was held here two weeks ago.

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Other than that, further details on Le Turtle are definitely lacking.

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