Restaurateur Gabe Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Fairfax) closed his restaurant Jones (located in the iconic Great Jones Cafe space) and in its place, opened Parisian-inspired Jolene earlier this year. Technically, we know this is NoHo, but we feel it’s fair game seeing that it borders the neighborhood line along Bowery. Start off strong with a michelada; a sbagliato (prosecco mixed with vermouth and campari); or grab a few glasses from the bespoke wine list. Follow up with a lox toast (scallion cream cheese, cucumber, roe) or go for lunch vibes with a crispy chicken Milanese served with artichokes. If neither of those are fitting your mood, there’s more to choose from the menu ranging from an omelette to a cheeseburger.
Anyone who's been to a Gabe Stulman eatery knows the restaurateur does a solid burger (the popular menu item from former Bar Sardine is now even available at Fairfax)—and the cheeseburger at his newest spot, Jolene, is worthy of the same adulation. Located in NoHo and inspired by both Dolly Parton and Parisian cafes, the cheeseburger comes with American cheese, pickled fresnos, crispy shallots, and tomato jam on a sesame seed bun, and will have you singing like Dolly after the first bite.