Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks. " - Owen Meredith

I'm lucky enough to know the chef, Eric Fleischer. But for those of you who love the food at Lulu,Eric it might just be nice to get to know him yourself. Eric Fleischer is an American chef who has spent time honing his skills at restaurants in San Francisco, Paris, France and New York City.
His experience includes fine dining restaurants like Lucas Carton and Jaques Cagna in Paris, France as well as Gilt at the Palace Hotel in New York.

Eric was employed as the sous chef at Bobo in Manhattan’s West Village when the owners of the restaurant Bread offered him the position of chef de cuisine at a restaurant they were re-imagining - Lulu!

Since taking the helm in the kitchen, Eric’s understanding of the American palate and his willingness to be innovative have helped Lulu charter a new direction toward elegant comfort food. Eric strives to bring out the simple flavors in fresh, locally sourced ingredients. His menus are seasonal and incorporate his interpretation of casual French-American Bistro food.

Lulu keeps the kitchen visible and open to diners, so next time you're in for a meal, make sure to say "Hello" to Eric and let him give you a personal "Bon Apetit!"
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Lulu Party Photos - September 25, 2008

The Party at Lulu was fantastic, we hope you came, we hope you stayed (it went well past midnight), and, most of all, we hope you ate and drank. The music was fantastic from Peter Makebish, the drinks were mixed with perfection by Greg Seider, and Eric Fleischer's food couldn't have been better. So thank you to owners Luigi Comandatore and Dario Milanin (pictured left) and Lia Comandatore for throwing the fete. Our resident photog Courtney snapped all the revelers and here are their pictures - a photo book of friends and family. Just click "Read More"!

DJ Peter Makebish

Eric Fleischer

Chef Eric Fleischer

alex frank

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Snack time

Lulu offers a menu of tapas and entrees - you decide whether you'd like to put your culinary focus on main courses or sample a few smaller plates, or both! Lulu's Snacks menu is varied (big but not overwhelming) and we'd love to give you a guided tour through some of the options.

The asparagus are delightfully paired with the pinkest of prosciutto (a cure-dryed ham) and then drizzled with Béarnaise sauce, a French sauce of clarified butter and egg yolk flavored with tarragon and shallots to add the slightest, and most effective, kick of taste.

The risotto fritters are deliciously fried orbs of risotto rice, that Italian sticky rice that everyone seems to love. Risotto, cooked with wine, is rich and creamy but the fried shell gives it a healthy resistance and texture. Its the most elegant comfort food around.

Last but certainly not least is our famous Foie Gras Au Torchon (the Foie Gras of our dreams). Foie Gras is, of course, goose and duck liver, loved the world over for its texture and taste, but chef Eric Fleischer takes it the extra mile with his Torchon technique. We aren't experienced chefs, but this special step involves wrapping the Foie Gras in cloths and marinating for around three days. It might be lengthy, but its certainly worth it.

Try a few, stay a while, try them all.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Attention all Daytrippers

We've spent blog entry after blog entry talking about all the wonderful dinner items at Lulu that maybe we've neglected Lulu's delicious brunch, offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Lulu's daytime fare should certainly not be ignored. The Crab Cake Benedict and Croquet Madame are absolutely to die for, pair them with a mimosa, and your day will be off to a roaring start. The two front windows let in beautiful, soft light to help you shake off sleep. Lulu is open promptly at 10:30 on the weekends and the early bird gets the omlette, so rest away your Friday and Saturday night cocktails and we'll see you in the morning.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Paper Magazine's Restaurant of the Week!

Paper Magazine has named Lulu its Restaurant of the Week! We're honored to accept this recognition, and couldn't be prouder of Julie Besonen's wonderful write-up of our restaurant:

"Snacking menus are quite the thing these days, and Lulú delivers a good one, from buttery wild mushrooms spilling over brioche ($5) to crispy risotto fritters dunked in tomato sauce ($5). Jewel-like pickled baby beets are crowned with dollops of goat cheese ($5)....
....Chef Eric Fleischer adds farmers' market touches wherever he can, like parsnips, spinach and salsify alongside his crisp-skinned dorade ($17). A lusty and spicy pasta puttanesca ($14) is made with heirloom tomatoes and roasted garlic, the portion so generous it was impossible to finish. All of this, combined with sweet service, should put Lulú more on the map."

Thanks Julie, and we'll gladly welcome you back any time.

Check out the rest of Julie Besonen's review of Lulu at Paper Magazine's website
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Lulu isn't Lulu without a community of neighbors, friends, and family. We'd love to celebrate Lulu with you on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 PM. Bring friends, try the food and wines, and enjoy what we have to offer; we've attached an invitation And in the lead up to the event, please visit the blog, tell us what you like about Lulu, read the happenings of the restaurant, and even pick up some cooking tips and recipes courtesy of our chef Eric Fleischer. Oh, and make sure you RSVP (e-mail RSVP's to courtney@gothampr.com), we've got a lot of friends, and we need to make sure we're ready for everyone!
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Monday, September 15, 2008

A Match Made in NYC Heaven - Lulu and NoLiTa

The owners of Lulu have been in love with NoLiTa, that tiny New York neighborhood that bursts with character, for a long time. They opened their first restaurant, Bread, seven years ago in the neighborhood. So when it came time to pick a location for Lulu, what better place than NoLiTa (right around the corner from Bread, no doubt)?

NoLiTa perfectly combines the old and new of New York City - the latest and the greatest. St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, at the corner of Mott and Prince Streets, opened in 1815, and the Puck Building, built in 1885, both of which stand next to some of the most cutting edge boutiques, cafes and bars in NYC. Lulu wouldn't be Lulu if it were anywhere else

So grab a seat at one of the two Lulu tables by the front window (pictured) and watch the neighborhood pass you by - NoLiTa goes oh-so-perfectly with Lulu's food and drinks.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

“If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it" - Luis Buñuel

I tend to agree with Mr. Buñuel about many things, cocktails included. In case you sometimes forget to take the time for a cocktail, let Lulu, and its mixologist Greg Seider, remind you.

Greg Seider has been mixing up drinks for years at New York institutions like Asia de Cuba, The Box, and the Mercer Kitchen. When he came to Lulu to be the resident mixologist, he wanted to pair Lulu's food with his custom cocktails, using natural herbs and syrups to make the drinks earthy, fresh, and entirely unique. Here's one of our favorites:

Tequila Mocking Bird
Partida Tequila
Fresh pinnapple
Fresh lime
Cardamon spice
Agave syrup
Serrano chili

There's a whole list of one-of-a-kind cocktails like the Thyme for Pearadise and the Melon Gimlet. Put aside your vodka tonic or martini for just one night and try one of Greg Seider's inventive cocktails.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Last Summer White

Summer is ending, and the warm weather might only last a few more weeks, so it might be a good time to choose a white wine with your dinner. At Lulu, there are a number of wonderful white wines, proseccos, and champagnes, but owner Lia Comandatore thinks one in particular is quite special. Lia says the Falanghina Nifo 2007, from Taburno in the Campania region of Italy, is elegant with tastes of white peach and honey aromas. Try a bottle with Lulu's marinated mixed olives. Not only flavorful, you'll feel extra good to know that the winery works with bio dynamic techniques to respect the environment. Just one more reason to order a bottle (or two).
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008


One of our favorite dishes at Lulu is the Dorade. The fish is so flavorful, the parsnips are a perfect complement, and served over polenta, we couldn't be happier. We asked Executive Chef Eric Fleischer to share his secret recipe with us:

Fillet of Dorade (about 6 or 7 ounces)
Salsafy (peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces)
2 Large Parsnip (peeled and diced)
¼ Vanilla Bean
½ Small Spanish Onion (diced)
2 Cup Vegetable Stock
Clean, Raw Spinach (about 8 ounces)
Salt and Pepper
3 T Butter
2 T cooking oil.
Fresh lemon

Sauté the onion in 1 T butter till soft.
Add parsnips and cook till semi soft.
Add one cup of vegetable stock and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
Scrape the vanilla bean and reserve the inside. Discard the pod.
Add to simmering mixture.
Puree the mixture.
In a separate pot cook the salsify on a low heat with 1 T butter and the remaining cup of vegetable stock and a pinch of salt until soft.
Wilt the spinach in 1 T butter and season with salt and pepper.
Season the Dorade fillet and pan fry skin side down on medium heat for 4 minutes until crisp. Then place the fish in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 3 minutes.
Finish the fillet with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

And Voila!
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Monday, September 8, 2008

You're too kind!

Here are just a few of the nice things being said about us around town:

"Swordfish ceviche + spice-rimmed tequila = happy hours, dorado + duck = lingering late night meals. Neighborhoodies out front, '70s hit songs on the speakers. Lulu’ = Nolita at its finest." - Black Book Magazine

...polished, sophisticated and peppered with a perfect amount of mid-century glamour. Offerings like petite beets with wild arugula, chevre and pistachios, and pork loin with oyster mushroom,
asparagus and cipollini onion are typical bistro fare but with a twist Manager Ijor Rajak calls "French-influenced gastropub." The entrance offers a sleek bar with a timeless look, suggesting Audrey Hepburn would be just as comfortable sipping a cocktail there as a modern-day fashionista.
- Metro Mix

"Step inside and it's as if you are in a Prohibition-era cocktail lounge. Our bartender, Stephanie (who is also the owner's sister), shakes up unique cocktails like a Pineapple Margarita or a Cantaloupe Martini with fresh basil. The whole bar smells of her muddled mint and basil... beautiful restaurant with a lovely staff. Definitely worth a return visit" - The Grazer

Thanks guys, we'll keep it up.
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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bon Appetit

Welcome to the blog home of Lulu - the new restaurant in New York City's NoLiTa neighborhood. After opening this summer at 235 Mulberry Street, Lulu has bene serving up French-influenced gastropub cuisine from chef Eric Fleischer.

Lulu mixes the classic and the new - quality, nostalgia, and tradition with a real, modern vibrancy. It's the best of the old and the contemporary. Just like New York City.

So to be a part of New York City in a real way, and the wonderful neighborhood of NoLiTa, we want to stay connected to the community, because that's what we feel we are - a community of friends and revelers. Lulu is a neighborhood restaurant, and we hope this blog will keep people connected to everything that's happening at 235 Mulberry Street.

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