We quickly forget about the hustle and bustle of the street on entering this oasis, perched atop the roof of the Hotel Chantelle. We are welcomed by a few notes of jazz and the smile of the charming waitress who leads us to our table. The roof is packed as it is a beautiful day. Bloody Mary or Mimosa, the choice is a tricky one. We choose one of each! The menu is simple, typical of the Lower East Side: 4 starters and pancakes in the guise of a main course.
The two starters smell sweetly of summertime: watermelon, pine nuts, sheep’s cheese and basil for one, lettuce, fennel and yoghurt sauce for the other. The food is fresh, light, and the textures and flavours marry well. Then the pancakes emerge from the kitchen; they are generously garnished with wild mushrooms and cheese, or lemon-scented smoked salmon. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either; the pancakes are available in dessert varieties, with banana, chocolate or peanut butter.
Then a couple show off a few moves in front of the jazz band. Charming!
92 Ludlow Street