Nestled away in New York’s Meatpacking District is a little piece of Paris. Coco J’adore is a beautiful French bistro helmed by Mario Carta of Pardon My French and celebrity chef Pascal Lorange. Described as an artsy, sleek, inviting, and playful yet edgy salonniére, Coco J’adore was created to serve world travelers, local New Yorkers, foodies and those in pursuit of a chic, good time.
Carta, who has been in the restaurant industry for over thirty years, began working in France and Luxembourg where he learned the art of entertaining. He then headed to New York City in 2000 where he opened Chazal, Lea, Casimir, Pardon my French and other successful restaurants. He was inspired to open Coco J’adore through his yearning to bring a touch of Parisian sophistication to New York City, he wanted to combine delectable food with extraordinary entertainment.
“We aim to create a multi-sensory experience; with Coco Chanel inspired art and rotating art installations, unique décor, experimental mixology and [an] elevated menu. We offer more than a meal, with amazing performance artists and live entertainment, chefs that elevate food to an art form and much more”, says founder Mario Carta, and that he did.
Upon arrival at Coco J’adore you cannot help but be a bit overwhelmed by the overall opulence of the space. From the art work, to the décor, to the very patrons occupying the accompanying tables, each asset works together to give you a kind of worldliness other restaurants seldom achieve.
The 250-seat restaurant serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday’s from 11AM-4PM and dinner Sunday-Wednesday from 5PM-1AM, Thursday-Saturday until 2AM, is serving up delicious French and Italian fusion fare and delicious cocktails. I highly recommend asking one of your knowledgeably, friendly, servers for some recommendations.
Some of their greatest hits? Classic Steak Frite with a choice of peppercorn, Roquefort or Au Jus, Branzino with lemon and herbs, L’os a moelle or Bone Marrow with pickled red onion, fried shallots, and thyme on a toasted baguette and Eggs Benedict for brunch. I also highly recommend the Le Marais cocktail with Saint Germain, Charbay Green Tea Vodka, muddled cucumber, lychee, lime, absinthe spray, topped with Veuve Cliquot.
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