Photo Cred: Le District and Compass + Twine
Le District is often referred to as the “French Eataly” and we’re happy to say it lives up to the name. The marketplace and wine bar is a one stop shop for all things French, and it’s exactement what Downtown needed.
Finally opening its doors in March 2015, Le District was part of the much touted revitalization of Downtown, Manhattan. When counting down the days until open, we were admittedly skeptical – worried it might not live up to the hype. From the continuous crowds inside on a daily basis, it’s definitely been a successful venture, beckoning more and more visitors down to the area.
The French food hall is enormous and includes a full restaurant, grocery market, and several stand alone speciality counters. The grocery area in the back is well laid-out, highlighting gorgeous fresh produce and home essentials. French music plays faintly in the background and dried lavender bundles are for sale by the registers, making it quite possibly one of the most relaxing and lovely grocery shopping experiences around.
Up front you can stop for your morning coffee, pastry, or if you’re feeling fancy, there’s a whole counter dedicated to the art of the crêpe. Yes, please. The Poissonnerie boasts a fantastic selection of fresh – never frozen – seafood. The cheese mongers at the Fromagerie know their stuff and can direct you towards cheeses that you never knew you needed in your life. There’s a butcher, a rotisserie, a charcuterie counter, and even a chocolate mousse station.
Beauborg, the restaurant within Le District, is reason enough to make this a destination. The space is trés chic and the outdoor seating is a lovely place to be at sunset, affording a great vantage point looking out at the marina.
On your way out, Flowers by Jasmine has some of the prettiest blooms this side of the 28th Street flower market. Swing by and pick up one of their beautiful arrangements as the perfect gift for a friend (or yourself). If you aren’t in the market for any food or flowers, have a seat at the wine bar, enjoy a glass or two of vino, and watch the market buzz around you.
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