On a stretch of Forsyth St, which still retains a bit of the gritty LES nature, lies a small, colorful Parisian hangout called Cafe Henrie. It’s the latest pet project of Andre Saraiva, a hip tastemaker of sorts who runs the nightclubs Le Baron and Le Bain. Saraiva designed the space with the Parisian cafe culture in mind, in which people would feel free to drink coffee, eat light bites and linger for hours. Judging from the scene there on a recent weekend, I can confirm that Cafe Henrie is successfully serving that purpose. Cool cliques of worldly French expats and girls in Reformation-type wear instagramming their food took their places on the pastel chairs and tables so that Saraiva’s stylish lifestyle center was picture perfect.
With that in mind, you might come to the conclusion that the food there might look better than it tastes. I found that to be partially true. The blueberry olive oil cake and the yogurt coddled eggs were fine but not particularly inspiring. The dragon bowl, however, a contribution from Camille Becerra of Top Chef fame, who recently began a guest residency there, is a beautiful macrobiotic creation of chickpeas, grains and pickled vegetables that lets you eat with your eyes first and happily with your stomach later. Pairing them with the carrot-harrissa yogurt sauce is highly recommended.
Another plus is that there are plenty of seats at Cafe Henrie for everyone to live out their lives of Parisian leisure. And if you’re lucky you might see a celebrity like Chloe Sevigny or Olivier Zahm pull up right next to you. If these names are familiar to you, then this cafe will speak volumes to you. If not, then this lifestyle may not be the one for you.
116 Forsyth St (between Broome and Delancey St)
New York, NY 10003