– Located inside the Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, Dirty French dishes out classic bistro fare. Created by Major Food Group’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick — the same team responsible for NYC hot spots Carbone, Santina, ZZ’s Clam Bar, Parm and Sadelle’s — the restaurant takes its culinary cues from the timeless dishes and preparations of classic French cuisine, enlivening them through modern interpretations.
Chandeliers dangle from the wood-beamed ceiling, and red leather banquettes fill the contemporary space. An entirely French wine list and tropically inspired cocktails are served up at the corner bar.
Jeff Zalaznick told Zagat, “All of these words on our menu, you would find on a classic bistro or brasserie menu. But we’re taking that classic technique and building flavor profiles that makes sense on top of it. Some of the influences come from different areas of France that aren’t Parisian, or neighborhoods that have more international influences. Also we’re drawing from other places where they speak French, or other places where French culture has had an impact.”
Pete Wells, esteemed NY Times restaurant critic, writes, “The restaurant creates a parallel world where French pastry turns into Thai curry; it’s as if the chefs have imagined an alternative history in which the leading kitchens of France turned left instead of right several decades ago.”
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