DINING DIARY | LE TURTLE / by Brackett Bilodeau

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Image courtesy of UrbanDaddy

New Wave French takes on a whole new meaning with the Bowery’s latest opening, the industrial-chic brainchild of Freemans vet Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte of The Smile. Le Turtle’s raw elements and soft hints of pastel have transformed the former Antonioni’s space into a serene, intimate dining destination favored by foodies and celebs alike, along with inventive modern French fare by chef Greg Proechel and a wine list expertly curated by sommelier Jessie Keifer. Proechel’s menu features a perfectly small selection of small plates and amuse-bouches making way for an equally minimal collection of entrées, each dish outshining the last from start (crudité with lobster butter among others) to grand finish, a flaming whole Sasso chicken for two or grilled Wagyu with nasturtium soubise (we couldn’t decide). The wine list stands on its own under Keifer’s direction as the restaurant awaits its full liquor license, highlighting natural French vintages -- all of which are best enjoyed in the comfort of the Crow’s Nest, a sunken banquette tucked into the back wall lined in plywood and plexiglass and softened with velvet and marble. Contact your Attaché for reservations and more menu picks.

177 CHRYSTIE STREET AT RIVINGTON STREET