ask Louise about
museums • performing arts • wine bar • bakery • cocktail bars • diner • bistro
What do you do and why do you do it?
My mission is to contribute to the cognac Hennessy success in the US in through education and advocacy. To me wine and cognac [ blending of eaux-de-vie, distilled wine ] are part of a same language that connect people around the world.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Chopin Nocturnes, Sufjan Stevens, Michel Legrand, Léo Ferré
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't have a hero but would like to gather very different people at the table. Nicolas Joly a passionate personality and a precurseur that has done a lot for raising awareness on a different viticulture. David Aiu Servan-Scheiber a young artist who put the planet at the core of his art to inspire us to protect it and Alexandre Mars, founder of Epic the first non-profit start-up. Would take them to one of those amazing and secret food experiences New York has to offer!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
My favorite brand in the US is Everlane for their ethics, transparency, sustainable fashion and also for great basics. I also really like a few French brands such as Ba&sh and Comptoir des Cotonniers.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the movies, I subscribed to Moviepass and wish I could go more often
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Apoteke on Wednesdays
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Lam Zhou hand made noodle and dumplings in Chinatown
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
French 75 with Hennessy at Catch
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
Escape for the week-end in the Hamptons. In New York would go cycling around the city if its sunny, if it rains would take him to Great Jones Spa. Then take a break at the Noguchi Museum and share a glass of champagne at Air's Parlor.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
First thing that comes to my mind Levain Bakery cookies! One minute on the lips forever on the hips... Be ready for it!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
There are too many!
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Museums: The Whitney Museum, The Met, MoMa Brooklyn bridge, Bleecker Street, Central Park, Best rooftop terrasse (In summer the Williamsburg rooftop, The Whyte Hotel(Bk), in Manhattan, The Public Hotel, Mr Purple, Jimmy ), Wine bar ( Aldho Somm bar, Air's Parlor or Four Horsemen depending of the mood), the Noguchi Museum ( Queens), the Dia Foundation ( Beacon).
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
I would gather my friends around a picnic on a rooftop with good wines. Then I go with the flow to dive into a last glimpse of improbable moments New York has to offer.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I would rather escape big cities during my vacations. La Rochelle the city where I grew up & Ile de Re (the island just in front) are my top of mind choices. I would recommend for the historical architecture, the lights, the beaches and the oysters. An option could be a new wine region, visiting wine areas in the world is always a great idea.