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, Michel Legrand, Léo Ferré
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Nicolas Joly a passionate personality and a precurseur that has done so much for the biodynamic wines. Would take him to one of those amazing and secret food experiences NY has to offer!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
One of my favorite brands in the US is Everlane for their ethics, transparency and 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 subscribe to Moviepass and wish I could go more often
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
Duck at Peking Duck House a BYOB for the experience
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Employee Only on Wednesdays
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Xian Famous Food, the one at St Mark's Place
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
Hennessy Sazerac at Eventi
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, 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 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. Also adding the best wine regions in the world that are always a great idea.