Brasserie Les Halles is a French brasserie style restaurant located on 15 John Street (between Broadway & Nassau Street; in the Financial District) in Manhattan in New York City. Previous locations were on Park Avenue South in Manhattan, in Tokyo, Miami, and Washington, D.C. Carlos Llaguno was the executive chef, his predecessor having been author and television host Anthony Bourdain.
The restaurant serves simple and classic French dishes such as escargot, foie gras, and steak tartare, which is prepared to order at tableside, and is renowned for its pommes frites. The original Park Avenue location featured a butcher shop that specializes in French cuts of meat. The Park Avenue location is featured prominently in the book Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, who also detailed many of Les Halles's recipes in Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook. The Downtown New York branch occupies the site of the former John Street Theatre, "Birthplace of American Theatre." The restaurant is named after Les Halles, the historic central wholesale marketplace in Paris, France.
The Park Avenue location of Les Halles closed in March of 2016. The Washington, D.C. location of Les Halles closed in mid-November 2008 following a fifteen-year run. Owner Philippe Lajaunie cited difficulty obtaining a new lease as the reason. The Miami location is now closed as well.
Anthony Bourdain - Former Executive Chef at Les Halles - Park Ave
(edit: Chef Anthony Bourdain has passed away June 8, 2018)
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