Restaurant | Lounge
Established: October 2010
Location: 201 Lafayette Street | Btwn Broome & Kenmare Streets (Nolita)
New York City
Telephone: (212) 334-5247
Fax: (212) 334-5248
Owners: Michael Levin
Executive Chef: Chris Cheung
Venue Size: 2000 sq. – ft
Capacity: Den – 50
Bar/Standing – 100
VIP – 100
Total – 250
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday
5:00PM to 2:00AM
Thursday – Saturday
5:00PM to 4:00AM
Specialty Drinks: Mamma Mule Feel Good
Absolut vodka, cinnamon five spice syrup, apricot & ginger beer
Flame de Milo
Saffron infused Bombay dry gin, liquor 43, cava, flamed orange peel
Pass the Grapes
Barsol pisco/Appleton reserve, agave, red bell pepper puree, mescal ringe, red wine float
Mr Hot Pants
Herradura reposado, mescal, campari, passionfruit, thai chilli pepper agave
Maid in the Cave
Hibiki 12 year Japanese Whiskey, ginger infused agave, cucumbers muddled, club soda
Chicken ‘Pillows,’ Crispy Chicken Skin,
Johnny Blue Sauce
v Roasted Bone Marrow, x/o Marmalade,
v Oysters On The Half Shell, Seared Scallop, Truffle Essence (Above)
v Lobster, Bacon, Avocado Salad in Crispy
v Eggplant and Mushroom Sui Mai
v 28 Dry Aged Black Angus Beef Dumplings
Sweet Plate Menu:
v Shanghai Walnut Crusted Marshmallows
v Scoop Caramel Apples, ‘Crispy Plum’
Lair Restaurant & Lounge
Safari meets urban glamour at this nighttime haunt where a chicly rustic interior of exposed brick, distressed wood, hand-painted ethic art work are accented by the earth tone color palette and lavish throw pillows. With a collective mix of music and a hip downtown crowd, Lair has all the settings for any night out. Located in New York City’s Soho/Nolita area, Lair is a bar, lounge, restaurant and private event space, all in one! With plush banquettes and the glow of glittering chandeliers and candlelight, this stylish venue features low table tops, an extensive bar, delicious modern Dim Sum plates and cozy seating arrangements. Lair is the ideal location for an after-work drink and appetizer or post-drink and small bite recap!
Conveniently located downtown in the Soho/Nolita area this dynamic newcomer embodies a chic lounge, restaurant and private event space, all in one. Lair is intentionally designed to be just that. The distinct rustic metal work is innovatively crafted, resembling to some a Paris train station and to others a private chamber. Socialize with fashionistas, models, celebs and the corporate clientele in front of the cleverly designed and ever-changing lighting that exudes from the 30 foot bar or burrow into a dimly lit corner under the hand drawn ancient cave murals for an intimate encounter.
We are always surprised by the excellence of the cuisine in clubs and Lair is no exception. Experience the succulent dishes created by the renowned Chef Chris Cheung (a veteran of Nobu, Ruby Foos and Monkey Bar), while sipping on specialty cocktails. Our favorite libations being Mr Hot Pants, a sexy blend of Herradura reposado, mescal, campari, passionfruit, thai chilli pepper and agave. For something more potent and with a bit more kick, go for Maid in the Cave, where Hibiki 12 year Japanese Whiskey, ginger infused agave, and cucumbers are muddled,in club soda.. Average price is $15.
While there is an expensive bottle list, wine by the glass ranges from $8 to $11 and The Stella is always dependable and just $7. We appreciated the friendly service and lack of attitude, making Lair a perfect spot for first dates and corporate or holiday parties, product launches, cocktail or fashion events, dinner parties, birthdays and more. The staff is professional and knowledgeable to facilitate your event needs. Lair provides a quality of visual, edible and audible sensory appeal that makes you want to come back again and again. The music is not too loud and if you hit it right, there may be live entertainment as well.
The Inventive Cuisine: is Modern, Kosher and might be described as global Dim Sum. Two appetizers per person provide a copious meal and range from about $9 to $13. Favorites include delicious Chicken ‘pillows’, with crispy chicken skin, Johnny Blue sauce; and unusually delicious Roasted bone marrow with X/O Marmalade; a classy rendition of Oysters on the half shell, seared scallop and truffle essence;
Mango ‘noodles’ salad, rock shrimp, chili lime; Coconut bao bread, 5 spice local honey hoisin butter; and Lobster, bacon, avocado salad in crispy wonton rolls. Don’t miss the Dry aged black angus beef dumplings or the light Chicken and foie gras san jin dumplings. We loved the Eggplant and mushroom sui mai. For dessert nut crusted marshmallows arrive beautifully scorched with a delightful brittle and real chantilly cream (worth a visit on its own).
Lair is the go-to for hosting and catering any event! and will help plan any soirée including: corporate and holiday events, fashion shows, dinner parties and luncheons, birthdays, meetings, product launches, wedding receptions, album release events, film/photo shoots and more! They will even design and accent the event with decorations and entertainment including: balloons, flowers, banners, logo branding, customized themes, DJs, comedians, dancers, live bands, drummers, video games, casino tables, Tarot card readers, Champagne Ice or Martini Bar, flat screen TVs and more! and the Celebrity Clientele include Adam Lambert Ally Hilfiger Craig Robinson, Richard Branson, Tika Sumpter and Tommy London.
But you needn’t be a celeb to get behind the velvet ropes and enjoy one of the most pleasant club experiences around, a local feel of being wanted and some really good vittles.
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LAIR: 201 Lafayette Street (between Broome St & Kenmare St).
201 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
t. 212.334.5247 (LAIR)
Sample Menu & Prices Subject To Change
Pickled local root vegetables, roasted peanuts, grape “ice”
Chinese chips, housemade duck sauce
Chicken ‘pillows’, crispy chicken skin, Johnny Blue sauce
Roasted bone marrow, X/O Marmalade, scallion pancakes
Oysters on the half shell, seared scallop, truffle essence
Mango ‘noodles’ salad, rock shrimp, chili lime
Coconut bao bread, 5 spice local honey hoisin butter
Lobster, bacon, avocado salad in crispy wonton rolls
House salad, ginger dressing
Dry aged black angus beef dumplings
Chicken and foie gras san jin dumplings
Eggplant and mushroom sui mai
nut crusted marshmallows
Ice cream/sorbet selection
Caramel apples, ’crispy plum’
About Michael Levin: With seven years of bartending experience under his belt, a finance background with companies such as Chase, bar management skills in Brooklyn and a knowledge of New York’s nightlife scene, Michael determination to open his own restaurant and bar is undeniable. Collaborating with a high school friend that shared the same dream (Illarion Parmit), Michael brought on board Celebrity Chef Chris Cheung. With an unique vision of crafting a modern Dim Sum menu and specialty cocktails, Lair, his first endeavor, opened in mid-October 2010.
About Illarion Parmit: Growing up in Russia and having a background in finance, Illarion’s passion for food led him to study the culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. With his passion for business and gourmet cuisine, Illarion found himself interning at the prestigious Jean Georges Restaurant. Learning the ins-and-outs of the business, along with his ten year experience in the nightlife industry, Illarion pursued his desire to open up his own space. Going into business with a high school friend (Michael Levin), Illarion opened up Lair with celebrity Chef Chris Cheung.
About Chef Chris Cheung: Chris Cheung grew up in New York City and graduated with honors from the New York Restaurant School in 1992. Working at various locations throughout culinary school, Cheung began to develop a plan to open his own restaurant and successful launched Little Bistro in Brooklyn and Almond Flower Bistro in Chinatown. His past career highlights include crafting dishes at Nobu, working as an Executive Chef at Ruby Foo’s and China Grill and cooking with several esteemed chefs such as Wylie Dufresne, Didier Virot and Jehangir Mehta. In October 2010, Cheung became the executive chef of Lair and has crafted an one-of-a-kind contemporary Dim Sum menu
201 Lafayette Street
Btwn Broome & Kenmare Streets
New York City