Don’t let the name fool you…while you may never want to leave, there are no rooms for check-in at Hotel Chantelle, a high-end cocktail lounge that is reminiscent of an age of post-war subtle glamour and festive spirit. Named after a safe house, employed as part of an ‘underground railroad’ during World War II by the French Resistance, Hotel Chantelle adds a modern touch to beloved classics, from the interior to the menu—an elegant interior that reinvents timeless style sets the stage for a menu that crafts a fresh take on traditional mainstays.
Inside, an air of nostalgia is met with modern chic sophistication— Hotel Chantelle’s dark, dashing décor is one part Mad Men, one part downtown cool and all parts must-visit evening haunt. Constructed and designed by co-owner, Benjamin Shih, Hotel Chantelle’s interior is comprised of reclaimed wood and materials that reaches as far back as the 1700s. You can tuck yourself away into the plush deep burgundy leather pin-tucked banquettes and booths, accompanied by classic wooden tabletops and chairs, or have the classic kidney-shape bar with super low countertop. The lighting casts a sultry spell throughout the space— the flicker of exposed bulbs and shell lamps are met with a subtle glow from the whimsical wallpaper (a dark print with golden leaves and roses) overhead.
The Hotel Chantelle cocktail menu features fourteen variations on classic cocktails, such as the Sidecar and Gimlet, each with an original palette-pleasing twist. Sure-to-be signature favorites include The Bramble (a blackberry sour), Dakota (champagne cocktail made with white peaches) and Pink Russian (a classic Russian cocktail with fresh raspberries). What, cocktails not your ‘cup of tea’, there is a fully stocked bar and a large selection of beers.
I happened to spend a wonderful evening there and the vibe is very manly….but the ladies loved it too. I would highly recommend that if you are looking for a sophisticated place for an evening to remember, then stop by Hotel Chantelle. Great for grooms who want to bring their bachelor party up a notch or 12. I’ll also tell you that they are in the process of completing a roof-top that will be accessible year-round. Can’t wait for that to open!
Hotel Chantelle – 92 Ludlow Street (between Broome and Delancy Streets) NYC 212.254.9100