June 13, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A new French restaurant will debut in the East Elmhurst-Jackson Heights areas this summer.
The restaurant, to be named “Eloise,” is aiming for a mid-August opening within the Jackson Heights Shopping shopping complex at 75-57 31st Ave., according to Vincent Caro, the owner.
The bistro will focus on serving traditional French cuisine with a modern element for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Caro said. Dishes on the menu, to be prepared with farm-to-table ingredients, include beef bourguignon, coq a vin, steak tartare, crepes, and omelettes.
Caro, a Jackson Heights resident, said the restaurant was a long time coming, with an opportunity opening up just months ago for his new eatery. The restaurant, named after his two-year-old daughter, will be his second French restaurant after Côté Soleil, which opened two years ago in the Sunnyside-Woodside area.
“It made sense that if I was opening another location for it to be in Jackson Heights,” Caro said, adding that he loves the borough.
The restaurateur said he wanted his two restaurants to have different concepts for the sake of variety.
“I don’t think it makes sense to have the same concept for two restaurants,” he said. “Otherwise it would make sense to call it the same name.”
The restaurant, with a rustic interior, will seat about 25 patrons, and will also offer a variety of liquors and beer from local breweries. Caro is already working on a comprehensive wine list to accompany his dishes.
The restaurant appears to be the only French restaurant in the area, and it is located next to the famed Cannelle Patisserie, a French bakery. Eloise will take over the former Angel Tips nail salon, which has relocated to another space within the complex.
Main courses at Eloise will range from $15 to $25, with appetizers priced between $7 and $12.
The restaurant will open Monday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Friday. On weekends, the restaurant will open at 10 a.m., and close at 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.