Since opening Lilette in 2000, Harris had his eye on the building directly adjacent to the restaurant, and when it became available in 2010, he seized the opportunity to open a bar -- a wine bar with premium cocktails, fine dining quality small plates and table service. From the exterior, Bouligny Tavern appears to be a traditional, century-old New Orleans residence. Upon entry, you are transported to another era. Bouligny Tavern is your father's den with your grandparents furniture and your cool uncle's record collection -- a visually smooth environment bedecked with vintage chairs, classically modern light fixtures and vinyl playing Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Miles Davis, or Nat King Cole as well as more current artists like Herb Alpert, the Animals or the Rolling Stones.
The interior space is a product of a collaborative effort between Harris, opening GM Cary Palmer and designers Brian Bockman and Jack Forbes. The design features inset walnut paneling, stacked stone, upholstered walls and coffered ceilings. Guests can lounge inside on diamond tufted banquettes, Ol Waschner armchairs, Marcel Breuer barstools or relax outside on the porch - on Bertoia chairs - and on the heated patio with couches and table seating for up to 30 guests.
The food is presented in small portions that arrive in no particular order. The cocktails are inspired. The wine selection is sophisticated, diverse and ever-evolving. Table service means you dont have to interrupt your conversation to stand in line at the bar.