brasserie-cherry-blossomsNote to self: when a restaurant that has an annual Beaujolais Nouveau release party doesn’t have the details firmed up ten days out from the event, it’s a pretty good sign something is up.

As it turns out, the reason that Brasserie Les Halles didn’t have their plans set when we published our list of parties last week (we suspect) is because they closed last night.  According to Metrocurean, owner Philippe LaJaunie has put out a press release announcing the closing and indicating that it was due at least in part to the expiration of their lease.  It seems a bit odd that they couldn’t arrange to stick around through Thursday to go out after the Beaujolais release party, and a call to the LHLM (Les Halles-Les Marais) Group in New York received a response indicating that they do not yet have any information to share as the closing just occurred today.

beaujolaisBut far be it from us here at Capital Spice to close one door without opening two windows for you.  If you still haven’t made plans to celebrate the release of the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau, here are two additional options:

Brightest Young Things and 1905The people who brought us the 12-plus hour election day party now step up to la assiette with a party that offers you a chance to “get Beaujolaid” at the newly-opened 1905.  For $10, you can enjoy wine, drink specials, and French music starting at 9PM on Wednesday (tomorrow) night and counting down to the official release at midnight.  They’ve got a limited number of tickets, so if you want to check out the party you should do yourself a favor and email wine@brightestyoungthings.com ASAP.  Yes oui can, huh?  Sounds familiar…

Planete Chic’s Soiree Beaujo Chic – Another option for Friday night.  Join Planete Chic and their international crowd for a no-cover party from 6 to 10PM at Midtown (1219 Connecticut Ave.).  They’re promising sexy lounge beats and French DJ JR le Sainte.  Attire is business casual for this afterwork soiree, but their flyer says very little about Beaujolais Nouveau’s role in the evening.