This New Brooklyn Heights Bar Draws Design Inspiration From Marie Antoinette

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This grotto is inside an abandoned tunnel underneath Atlantic Avenue.
This grotto is inside an abandoned tunnel underneath Atlantic Avenue. Photo: Melissa Hom

Fans of the now-closed Dove Parlour will appreciate Le Boudoir’s rococo-style decor. The new bar, under Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, is the work of Parisian-born Tarek Debira and Patricia Ageheim — the husband-and-wife team behind Chez Moi. The bar is actually underneath the restaurant, as there’s a secret entrance hidden behind a bookshelf, which leads to a flight of stairs.

They designed the restaurant to resemble Marie Antoinette’s private chambers in Le Versailles — an intimate, lavish space only open to her inner circle. That motif has translated to red-velvet banquettes, gilded mirrors, antiques sourced from French châteaux, crystal d’arcques glassware, neo-classical paintings, and even a bronze bust of Antoinette that serves beer on tap. The details are meticulous: The bathrooms are replicas of the Queen’s powder room, and there’s an original engraved doorknob from Antoinette’s bedroom.

As for the drinks, Franky Marshall, of Monkey Bar and the Dead Rabbit, has created a French-inspired (of course) cocktail menu — and there’s also a snack menu, with dishes like crispy frog legs. Take a look:

Unabashedly feminine.
Unabashedly feminine. Photo: Melissa Hom
The grotto.
The grotto. Photo: Melissa Hom
The geometric wood ceiling is a reproduction of the Parquet de Versailles — a flooring pattern first introduced at Versailles.
The geometric wood ceiling is a reproduction of the Parquet de Versailles — a flooring pattern first introduced at Versailles. Photo: Melissa Hom
The bust is a beer tap.
The bust is a beer tap. Photo: Melissa Hom
The Axel Von Fersen: bourbon, applejack, sesame, curry, black caraway.
The Axel Von Fersen: bourbon, applejack, sesame, curry, black caraway. Photo: Melissa Hom
The Dauphin: absinthe chile liqueur, almond milk, coconut, cacao nibs.
The Dauphin: absinthe chile liqueur, almond milk, coconut, cacao nibs. Photo: Melissa Hom
The Air Balloon: rhum agricole, aqua de cedro, green chartreuse, lime.
The Air Balloon: rhum agricole, aqua de cedro, green chartreuse, lime. Photo: Melissa Hom
The 1793: rye infused with toasted sunflower seeds, Oloroso sherry, Demerara sugar.
The 1793: rye infused with toasted sunflower seeds, Oloroso sherry, Demerara sugar. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Le Boudoir, 135 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 347-227-8337

Bar Draws Design Inspiration From Marie Antoinette