Jazz & Blues
New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Anyone looking for accommodation might be disappointed by this confusingly labelled watering hole, since despite its name the Hotel Chantelle is not actually hotel at all, it’s a smart, new LES bar that’s been a long time brewing. Based on a bar in Paris, the venue is housed in a nondescript building but the interior is far from nondescript, and stepping inside this stylish space may make you feel like you’re in a classic movie about wartime France. The decor is Parisian in a flavour with a 1940s twist; there are elegant burgundy banquettes and an abundance of dark wood in the bar area and a dining room with a retractable ceiling to make the most of clear, warm nights. There’s even a basement space with a dance floor open to the privileged few. The vibe varies wildly from floor to floor, so you might need to wander around to find your comfort zone, and it gets busy at peak times. Brunch is a popular weekend option (served 12-5m Saturdays and Sundays) but reservations are recommended if you’re planning to eat the place does a great range of meat dishes but loses points from the vegetarians for going for that boring standby, mushroom risotto. The place also hosts live events have your brunch accompanied by Dandy Wellington and his band, or enjoy Friday night Burlesque in the saucily named Room 69. The cocktails are well-executed (why not try a splendidly named Saints and Ginners or my own choice, Writer’s Vice, made with Jack Daniels and Jack Daniels Honey whiskies?) But it’s the space itself that has the wow factor, and makes Hotel Chantelle a place worth checking out.