New York, NY Cushman & Wakefield has represented Le Bilboquet in the first transaction for its new café spinoff, Café Bilboquet, at 26 East 60th St. The café will be steps away from the French restaurant that has such a strong following among New York’s luminaries in the fields of fashion, media, finance, retail and film. The café, which is set to open this spring, will replace the former Gene’s Coffee Shop, and will occupy 1,100 s/f on the ground floor and 300 s/f on the lower level (1,400 s/f total).
A Cushman & Wakefield team of James Downey, Eric Le Goff and Hillary Muss represented Le Bilboquet.
“This was an exciting opportunity for Le Bilboquet to introduce a more relaxed cafe concept by building on its already existing highly successful restaurant in the neighborhood. Everything Philippe Delgrange has done is well conceived and beautifully designed, and Café Bilboquet will not be an exception,” said Downey.
Featuring a sophisticated European coffee shop atmosphere, Café Bilboquet will sit at the base of an existing mixed office/residential building at 30 East 60th St. It will serve light fare such as salads, sandwiches and French pastries and cakes along with champagne, coffee, wine and beer.
26 East 60th St. is located between Park and Madison Aves., and is adjacent to the FIAF French Institute, and in the midst of dining and shopping, such as Barney’s and Calvin Klein. The large volume of development projects in the neighborhood, most notably the Robert A. M. Stern designed 520 Park Ave., with lobby on East 60th St., will add to the already high foot traffic in the area.
Delgrange, the owner of the Café, said, “This particular use will be a great addition to an already well-established market that continues to favorably evolve.” He believes his customer base will be “thrilled with the new concept and his ability to offer his superb food in a more casual atmosphere which will further contribute to the vibrancy of this market.”