For those of you New Yorkers who are all about the downtown nightlife scene, it might be time to rethink your location. The Upper West Side welcomed the French bistro and lounge, Cafe Tallulah, in January and it is one spot you need to check out. The main floor is comprised of a fine dining area and the UWS's longest bar made of zinc, which plays homage to old Penn Station. Additionally, during the summer the windowed walls open up to create outside sidewalk seating.
Recently, the bistro introduced a new Chef de Cuisine, Patrick Farrell, a board to prepare a mouth-watering French menu with a modern twist. The menu holds on to its popular classics, such as Beef Burgundy and Steak Tartare, but all adds new dishes such as a traditional Cassoulet and Garlic Sausage. The food here is delicious and the setting truly makes you feel like you've stepped off of the streets of New York and into a chic Parisian bistro.
After sufficiently stuffing your belly, head to the sophisticated lounge downstairs, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 8pm-2am. Award winning mixologist, Dushan Zaric, of Employees Only and Macao Trading Company, created the the innovative cocktail menu, while Tom Gannon serves as the wine director for the venue. Between the pair, you can sip on the drink of your dreams whether you're at the bar upstairs, pairing libations with your dinner, or downstairs in the lounge. The lounge can be best described as cosmopolitan, with vintage seating, exposed brick, and even a pool table.
Apart from their namesake cocktail, Tallulah (Rottenhouse rye, Dolin Rouge, Orange Curacao, bitters), the cocktail menu proves that absinthe isn't just for trouble makers with The Maximillian, which is made of El Tesoro Anejo, lime, agave nectar, absinthe bitters, egg white, and Peychaud's bitter. Heading to the lounge after dinner is the perfect transition into nighttime festivities.
Cafe Tallulah is located at 240 Columbus Avenue.
To see their full menu of French dishes, visit their website.