There are tons of restaurants in New York City, and tons of lounges. But how about a lounge that’s also a full-service restaurant? That’s the idea behind Lair, a new watering hole on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
The DivaGals journeyed down to the new hot spot last week to check out the four-month venue. The brainchild of young entrepreneurs Michael Levin and Illarion Parmit, the space has a French train station/private chamber feel.
“It’s actually divided into three separate rooms,” Illarion shared with us as we sipped the housemade Sangria (a culinary graduate, Illarion actually makes it himself!). “There’s custom artwork and a tribal feel, which we like.”
The d├⌐cor may be French, but the menu is definitely Asian-inspired, created by celebrity chef Chris Cheung. Off of Illarion’s suggestions, we tried several of the small plates. Our favorites? The chicken pillows with Blue Johnny sauce; the lobster, bacon and avocado salad wonton rolls, and the eggplant and mushroom shumai. For more adventurous palettes, there’s the dry aged Black Angus beef dumplings and roasted bone marrow with scallion pancakes.
In this spacious 2000 sq. ft Lair, you never feel like you’re on top of another party, and the offering of small plates are available up until 2 a.m. or later. Dishes run between $7 to $13, and Monday through Thursdays you can enjoy $7 28-Day Dry Aged beef dumplings and $7 Homemade sangria. So get out and get into your Lair: 201 Lafayette St., New York City, www.lairnyc.com.