- The menu is somewhat limited - salads and crepes only
- You won't find any mention of brunch or its menu on the Hotel Chantelle website, so scroll down on this page for a full menu!
- Not an actual hotel...
Food: The petite menu offers a few specialty salads and a variety of sweet and savory crepes.
- Banana crepe - It's like eating dessert (and some of us did share it as dessert) - filled with hazelnuts, nutella, and acacia honey creme fraiche and topped with bananas.
- Smoked salmon crepe - Very tasty and made with fresh salmon (not 'lox'), asparagus, fresh dill and lemon creme fraiche. Love that it comes topped with a small piece of hash brown - adds a nice flavor and texture to the savory crepe.
- Wild mushroom crepe - Another savory crepe that is a great substitute for those who tend to order omelets, this one is filled with wild mushrooms, fresh baby spinach, applewood smoked bacon, and goat cheese.
Drink: Overall the cocktails were very tasty, and the coffee was good as well. Note there is no skim milk and no Splenda (when will these restaurants learn!?).
- Mimosa - Good taste, small glass!
- Bloody Mary - Not so great to be honest. Tasted like tomato juice - not spicy, couldn't taste the alcohol, just overall lack of flavor. Go for one of the other drinks.
- South of Delancey - While the first two sips were too sweet for me, that quickly wore off and this was actually a favorite. It is made with citrus vodka, sweet tea vodka, peach schnapps, and lime juice.
- Mint Julep - Looks (and tastes) a bit like a mojito, the mint julep is a refreshing cocktail that complements the lighter fare.
Atmosphere: While the view from Ludlow street is less than attractive (simply a grey brick wall and a single neon sign with the venue's name), after walking inside and upstairs it is a different story. The tile floor is a bit diner-esque, but the delicate design of the chair legs and bar add a nice feel. The table is a shadow box filled with fake flowers and green, fuzzy moss-like things that nobody could figure out... but we didn't mind.
We love the live jazz music by Dandy Wellington, fronted by a college classmate and friend of mine! The music is relaxing and totally takes you out of your busy NY state of mind. They play every Saturday during brunch!
Hotel Chantelle: 92 Ludlow Street, 212.254.9100