Inspired by New Orleans’ vibrant culinary scene, 1803 is a partnership between Chef Rafi Hasid, owner of Brooklyn’s celebrated restaurant Miriam, and Tal Lavi of Amsterdam Ale House and a longtime veteran of New York’s restaurant world. The space, evokes the sultriness of an evening in the French Quarter, complete with balconied and outdoor dining, contemporary tropical motifs, and an intimate underground jazz club (opening in October 2017).
Named for the year of the infamous Louisiana Purchase, 1803 injects New York sophistication into the Spanish, French, and Cajun food traditions that lend New Orleans’ cooking its explosive flavor and sexy appeal. The menu, which features lunch, dinner, and late night bites, ranges from the simple pleasures of fresh-shucked oysters to the Deep South decadence of smothered pork chops and grits. Its extensive, thoughtful wine list and New Orleans-inflected cocktail and beer offerings are perfect complements to this transportive dining experience.