Windmill combines French cocktails from Sother Teague with small plates from Le French Diner
The teams behind cocktail destination Amor y Amargo and French restaurant Le French Diner have combined forces for a petite new bar on the Lower East Side, Windmill.
Located at 43 Clinton St., between Stanton and Rivington streets, Windmill brings together the neighborhood favorite food of Pierre Moulin, Luc Ancelle, and Burcu Aydeniz at Le French Diner with the acclaimed drinks of Sother Teague and Max Green at Amor y Amargo and Blue Quarter. The two teams hooked up years ago when Le French Diner regular Teague ran the restaurant to avoid letting it close while Moulin went on a three-week vacation.
“I got incensed at the notion he’d close his business for three weeks because I rely on it being here, so I drunkenly said I’d take over the restaurant for the 21 days he was gone. Which I did,” Teague says. “We barely knew each other and he gave me his keys and was like, ‘I’ll talk to you when I get back.’ We’ve been fast friends since then.”
Now, years later that friendship has turned into a bar marrying their two specialties. On the cocktail end, Teague has put together a list that heavily relies on French ingredients, such as cognac, calvados, and chartreuse. The list includes $13 drinks like the Clinton Street Sour with cognac, Campari, lemon, pineapple, and bitters. Food from Aydeniz skews toward skewers of soft shell crabs, shrimps, and more, and other French bites, like seared foie gras and crudo. The full menu is below.
The tiny, airy space — floor-to-ceiling windows open onto the street — has just 18 seats, but plenty of standing room with a standing rail and tall tables for mingling. “The notion of this place is we want people to mingle and hang out and have some drinks,” Teague says.
Teague has been a pretty big player in the NYC cocktail scene for the last few years, building his name at Booker and Dax, Amor y Amargo, and the newly opened Blue Quarter. He’s become an industry favorite for pushing out high-level cocktails in postcard-sized spaces; both Amor y Amargo and Blue Quarter fit less than 20 people. Meanwhile, Le French Diner has embedded itself into the neighborhood as a go-to for hip and casual French bistro fare.
Windmill is now open daily from 6 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with the plan to open at noon soon.
Source: NYC eater
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