Equal parts Belle Epoque Paris, old French Quarter New Orleans and modern-day Brooklyn, Maison Premiere is a stage of precise service and misty nostalgia that inspires suspension of disbelief without exposing a seam. The cocktail list is comprehensive, encompassing a section dedicated to the house spirit—absinthe—a julep selection, seasonal drinks and a well-curated wine list that is heavy on traditional French wines at very fair markups, including a particularly impressive collection of grower Champagne, back-vintage Muscadet and White Burgundy. Maison‘s oyster menu is one of New York’s most extensive and composed raw dishes change daily. When outdoor seating is available, the wisteria-draped garden might fool you into thinking you’re somewhere between Louisiana and Provence.
- natural wine
- craft cocktails
- full menu
- oysters / raw bar
- outdoor / patio
What to drink
Champagne or Loire. On the cocktail front, the seasonal Pimm's Cup or Sherry Cobbler, seasonal juleps and the largest absinthe selection this side of the Atlantic.
Happy hour may be from 4 to 6 p.m., but the best and easiest time to get into this sought-after bar is late night. Oysters, the house bread and butter, shrimp cocktail and a Manhattan make a great midnight snack. Look for the Napoleon-topped absinthe fountain whose twin resides in NOLA's Old Absinthe House.