The 68-seat bistro — which sits on the border of McCarren Park — has been in the works for a while now. A little over a year ago, Eater learned that partners Joshua Boissy, Lisa Giffen, and Krystof Zizka signed a lease on the former Lokal space on Lorimer. Chef and part-owner Lisa Giffen is at the helm of Sauvage’s kitchen, offering dishes like smoked squab with turnips and offal pie; squid ink garganelli with sepia ragu; and carrot carpaccio with buckwheat and carrot top gremolata. The dinner menu also offers a “for two” section with choices like pig head confit, a tomahawk steak, and artic char.
At the bar is Will Elliott, a former Maison bartender who has created a list highlighting more than 200 spirits. Cocktails include the Pastis Cobbler with ArGala Pastis, cherry, and chamomile; the Sloe Moon’s Rise with framboise, lime, gin, and bitters; and the Riding Tigers with Armagnac Castarede, Pineau de Charente, and peach capurro. The bar will feature hand-chiseled ice, too.
Currently, the restaurant is open for dinner every night starting at 5:00 p.m. In the next few weeks, the crew plans to launch breakfast, lunch, and brunch service, plus a take-out window offering coffee, teas, pastries, and to-go options. Check out the dinner menu below, and be sure to let us know what you think if you stop by.
There’s a smaller version of their beloved raw bar here, including oysters, of course, in addition to Jonah Crab in brown butter ($14.28) and Red Carabinero prawns ($8). Chef Lisa Giffen’s small plates sound particularly enticing, like the Spring Lettuce Soup ($8) with green garlic and uni and Ricotta Dumplings ($15) with spring onion and barley consommé. Lighter options abound in the extensive salad/veggies section, but the For Two selections include a Pig Head Confit ($45) and Dry Age Tomahawk ($150) if you’re looking for a splurge.
There’s perhaps no greater sign of a persnickety bar program than the sentence “six different forms of hand-chiseled ice will be featured,” but MP won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program for a reason. Bar Director Will Elliott’s put together a selection of over 200 spirits and an equal amount of wines here, focusing on small batch and sustainable offerings.
Sauvage, 905 Lorimer St., 718-486-6816
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