Some things are better off dead, like John Travolta's career, and...John Cusack's finest work! But restaurants are not one of those things, and so bringing life to a dead bistro: La Maison
Settin' up in the former JLX-bistro space, which remained closed all last year thanks to Jean Luc's financial troubles, La Maison's taken over and cleaned up the interior with elegant touches like brown leather lined booths, gold painted ceilings, white tiled walls adorned with antique mirrors & golden statues, and deep red window panes looking out onto the brand new deck (though if they were deep purple you'd know you could Smoke on the Water). Serving up bright bistro flavors, the lunch menu rocks chicken Milanese and golden beet salad, a tuna "BLT" on brioche w/ tarragon mayonnaise, fish and chips made w/ fresh Montauk flounder, and a fried-egg-havin' American Imperial Kobe burger that's obviously best topped with Royal Ivey Cheese. Evening feasts, meanwhile, include raw bar action like Fire Island oysters, shrimp cocktail, and clams (also available as towering Plateaux de Fruits de Mer), plus mains like a whole-grain-mustard-jus'd grilled lamb T-bone, and cod that's slow roasted with sweet peppers, whose friendly disposition guarantees any roast they're part of will take a while
While liquor's pending, the plan's for a Franco-American wine list, imported and domestic drafts, and French inspired cocktails, which go perfectly with Fronch dressing, Fronch fries, Fronch bread, and to drink...Peru!