At a time when the fast-casual segment is capturing lots of attention, an opulent 75-seat bar inspired by Marie Antoinette’s bedroom chamber has opened in Brooklyn Heights. Tarek Debira and Patricia Ageheim, the husband and wife duo behind the beloved neighborhood French restaurant Chez Moi, along with partner Ali Mardassi, opened a space below the restaurant that evokes the Queen of France’s private room in Le Chateau de Versailles. Beverage director Franky Marshall, formerly of Manhattan’s Monkey Bar and The Dead Rabbit, has created a menu of cocktails named as an homage to Antoinette. The interior of the space takes its cue from the Rococo architectural and design movements of 18th century France. Here’s what you’ll find.
The owners of Le Boudoir are (left to right) Ali Mardassi, Patricia Ageheim and Tarek Debira.
A replication of a bookshelf from Marie Antoinette’s library serves as a hidden entrance from the restaurant to the underground bar.
Once down the stairs, guests first see a marble bar, which is stocked with silver-plated goblets and coupes and crystal d’arques glassware. A bust of Antoinette serves as the tap for beers on draft.
Adjacent to the bar sits a Steinway piano.
Who wouldn’t feel like a queen or king sitting in Le Boudoir’s dimly lit stone grotto, which was crafted from an abandoned tunnel beneath Atlantic Avenue?
French neoclassical paintings adorn the grotto’s walls, while whimsical glass-top tables provide a perfect perch for cocktails.
An intimate lounge features red velvet banquettes and white marble tables beneath a wall lined with ornate gilded mirrors and antique sconces.
What better cocktail to order from Le Boudoir than a French 75?