Maison Premiere offers an immersive trip into New Orleans’ gilded age with a distinctly New York twist. The Brooklyn barspace evokes the Crescent City with ceiling fans, a large marble bar and a replica of a historic Bourbon Street absinthe fountain. The menu sticks to the theme featuring interpretations of New Orleans classics like the Roffignac (Armagnac, eau de vie, raspberry shrub) as well as many of the city’s adopted Caribbean classics.
Appropriately, Maison Premiere also touts one of New York’s finest oyster programs along with an excellent selection of crudo and caviar. And, the absinthe programme is indisputably the city’s finest – replete with vintage silver service. The impressive drinks list is bolstered by excellent service and presentation. Sharply dressed staff are always on hand to provide even the most obscure fact. Accordingly, the programme really shines with tableside presentation of drinks like their Martini, an elevation of a humble mix of gin, vermouth, orange bitters (caviar optional) into grand theatre. Prime seats for the performance are located in Maison Premiere’s picturesque garden space. Evocative of a French Quarter Courtyard, one will find a piece of the Big Easy in the Big Apple.