Oct. 24, 2018 By Tara Law
A new bistro serving traditional French food opened at the Jackson Heights Shopping Center last week.
The restaurant, named “Bistro Eloise,” opened at 75-57 31st Ave, and offers French specialties such as boeuf bourguignon, mussels in white wine broth, coq au vin and more.
The bistro is owned by Vincent Caro, who was born in Brittany, France and moved to the United States 20 years ago. He has lived in Jackson Heights for the past five years.
Caro also owns Côté Soleil in Sunnyside, a French café which opened two years ago.
His new restaurant is named after his two-year-old daughter, Eloise.
Caro said he wanted to open the restaurants because of the dearth of French cuisine in Queens, and was particularly interested in opening a restaurant in Jackson Heights.
“I only live a couple blocks away,” said Caro. “Since I moved to Jackson Heights, I loved the neighborhood.”
Caro was excited to find a space next to the French bakery Cannelle Patisserie, saying that with the addition of his restaurant, the area is now “like a little French quarter.”
Bistro Eloise will serve many of the same items as Côté Soleil, although it will be more of a true restaurant than a bistro, said Caro. Additions to the menu include seared duck breast and blanquette de veau, a veal stew with celery, onions and mushrooms served with wild rice.
The restaurant will also be open for brunch starting this weekend, with a menu featuring sweet and savory buckwheat and traditional flour crepes, as well as omelets, eggs Benedict and other dishes.
Bistro Eloise is open this week from 5 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. It will open for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The restaurant will also be open for lunch at midday on weekdays beginning next week.