The buzz: The dimly lit, sensual and cozy bar/lounge of the latest agnès b. pain grillé at La Loggia is simply too chic for words.
The décor: Designer Andre Fu does it again, crafting a handsome tribute to the intimate social salons of a bygone era, smack-dab inside the IFC. Stately wall paneling in smoky green-grey and dark coffee, washed oak floors and gorgeous Moroccan chandeliers evoke an elegant Parisian ambience. Only by going out to the little terrace for a sliver of the view will you remember that you’re not in France.
The drinks: Their wine cellar at the entrance houses over 600 bottles of French wine (and Château Musar from Lebanon). Lovers of bubbly will rejoice because they have 80 champagne labels on offer, some even directly imported from France, like the pleasant and fruity Roger Coulon. For champagne cocktails, try an original Bellini or Kir Royal, or a hardcore Hemingway (absinthe and champagne), or go for the classiques like a martini chocolat, French twist or a petite princesse (sweet vermouth and rum).
The food: Sturia caviar from the southwest of France served on ice in the original tin, with freshly baked blinis and homemade sour cream, deep-fried smelt served with tartar, assorted canapés or a cheese platter with grapes. How do you say “drool” in French?
The crowd: Artistes, tai-tais and the bohemian bourgeois. OL types will congregate at the self-service coffee corner outside.
Why you’ll be back: It is the most stylish and refined refuge from mall rage, especially during this holiday season.