Brasserie Les Halles

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Brasserie Les Halles
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Park Avenue South Location
Restaurant information
Food typeFrench bistro steakhouse
Street address15 John Street
CityManhattan, New York City
StateNew York
CountryUnited States

Brasserie Les Halles was a French-brasserie-style restaurant located on 15 John Street (between Broadway & Nassau Street; in the Financial District) in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2] Previous locations were on Park Avenue South in Manhattan, in Tokyo, Miami, and Washington, D.C. Author and television host Anthony Bourdain was the predecessor to the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles, Carlos Llaguno. The restaurant went bankrupt in August 2017.[3]


The restaurant was named after Les Halles, the historic central wholesale marketplace in Paris, France. The restaurant served simple and classic French dishes such as escargot, foie gras, and steak tartare, which was prepared to order at tableside, and was renowned for its pommes frites. The original Park Avenue location featured a butcher shop that specialized in French cuts of meat. The Park Avenue location was featured prominently in the book Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, who also detailed many of Les Halles' recipes in Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook. The Downtown New York branch occupied the site of the former John Street Theatre, "Birthplace of American Theatre."[4]

The Park Avenue location of Les Halles closed in March 2016. The Washington, D.C. location of Les Halles closed in mid-November 2008 following a fifteen-year run. Owner Philippe Lajaunie cited difficulty obtaining a new lease as the reason. The Miami location is now closed as well. [5]

In its 2013 user poll, Zagat gave its two New York restaurants each a food rating of 21 out of 30.[2]

In 2018, Les Halles, though closed down, became a memorial to Anthony Bourdain, after his suicide.[6]

In 2022, Les Halles reopened after being renamed La Brasserie, under the ownership of Francis Staub, the founder of Staub cookware. Some iconic dishes by Anthony Bourdain, such as the Steak Frites, are kept on the menu as an homage. [7]

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  1. ^ Brasserie Les Halles official site Archived January 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Les Halles | Manhattan | Restaurant Menus and Reviews. Zagat. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Former Bourdain Home Les Halles Shutters Last Outpost Amid Bankruptcy". Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Wilmeth, Don B.; Miller, Tice L. (June 13, 1996). Cambridge Guide to the American Theatre (address). ISBN 9780521564441. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Former Bourdain Home Les Halles Shutters Last Outpost Amid Bankruptcy". Eater. August 22, 2017. Archived from the original on April 28, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  6. ^ "Fans Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain Outside New York City Restaurant Where He Once Worked". Inside Edition. June 10, 2018. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "A new restaurant opens in NYC's famed Les Halles space tomorrow". Time Out. March 7, 2022. Archived from the original on March 16, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.

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Coordinates: 40°44′36.82″N 73°59′1.26″W / 40.7435611°N 73.9836833°W / 40.7435611; -73.9836833