Like Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg and Hotel Griffou in the West Village, the Lower East Side's new cocktail lounge Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow Street near Delancey) isn't actually a hotel—but that doesn't mean you won't want to stay there all night. Hidden behind the unmarked doors of an unremarkable concrete building is a nostalgic paradise of red pin-tucked leather banquettes, hunter green wallpaper scattered with gold roses, dark wood salvaged from 18th and 19th century buildings, and dim lighting from exposed bulbs—think Mad Men meets Moulin Rouge.
Named after a safe house used by the French Resistance in World War II, the bar and lounge has an upstairs dining area and jungle-like rooftop (with an all-weather retractable roof) that will also be available for private events in the upcoming months. While trying one (or several) of their 14 classic cocktails (my rec: The Bramble) is obligatory, the French Colonial menu will be equally as intriguing, changing seasonally depending on the locales French ships would have been docked at during that time of year (i.e. Shanghai in the winter, Vietnam during the fall). To book an event (whether it's an intimate wedding, engagement party, or even just a banquette for your bachelorette party), call 212-254-9100. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides New York