From downtown to midtown, the French are storming their way through the Bastille of Manhattan.

Happy Ending
302 Broome Street
(646) 998-3184

On a grubby Chinatown-accented block near Sara D. Roosevelt Park, restaurateur Oliver Stumm (of Café Select and Rintintin) partnered with Teddy Perweiler and Marlborough Chelsea gallerist Max Levai to bring a casual French bistro to the neighborhood. The new proprietors chose to keep the name of this former massage-parlor-turned-nightclub, ditching its infamous reputation but not its funky vibe. In the kitchen, executive chef Jasmine Shimoda whips up traditional French dishes like gratin dauphinois, while other nationalities spice up the menu. The steak tartare is peppered with Mediterranean and Japanese flavors, the lamb is cooked Tandoori style, and the salmon a la vapeur is topped with green curry sauce and a side of yams. As for the design, the team decided early on they didn’t want brick and raw beams. Using the Carlyle Hotel’s bar from The Shining as inspiration, the upstairs design contains a working piano, leather banquettes, art by Tony Matelli and Andrew Kuo, and tunes from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, and Al Green. Downstairs features funky, fuzzy furniture and a checkerboard floor, with a DJ spinning from a booth with a private urinal stall.

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