Not only is French born Eric Demarchelier a well-known painter, but he is also the owner of probably the most iconic Upper East Side restaurants, authentic French Bistro Demarchelier's, celebrating its 25 year anniversary this 2020. Talent runs in the Demarchelier family. Brother Patrick Demarchelier is really a world renown fashion photographer while Eric Demarchelier has gotten acclaim like a painter. Eric's artistic style encompasses figurative, geometric abstraction and abstract expressionism, in addition to landscape and portrait painting.
Born and raised in Normandy, French restaurant owner Eric Demarchelier has lived in Ny since 1977, exactly the same year he opened the initial location of his eponymous restaurant. After closing the initial location on Lexington Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened the restaurant in 1992 on 86th street and the regular customers followed. The restaurant boasts a colorful and cozy environment, with artwork by Eric Demarchelier himself on the walls. He began painting in the 1990s and has been rotating the skill exhibited within the restaurant every year since then.
Apart from the rotating artwork, Demarchelier has always been consistent throughout the years, both in terms of ambiance and menu, though area of the responsibility of running the restaurant continues to be pledged to his daughter Emily Demarchelier.
More bourgeois than bohemian, Demarchelier's cheerfully noisy, cozy quarters are the place to find a menu of mainly familiar hits from French bistro fare, like standout French onion soup and briny moules mariniere au vin blanc, in a cream-enriched broth. Main courses also hew to the classics; duck confit is served on the hearty mixture of tomato- and tarragon-scented flageolets. For pure French luxe, sample the only Meuniere. Flour-dredged and pan-fried in butter, this tender fillet is accompanied by a grilled lemon half and fat wedges of boiled potato, tossed in lots of butter and chives.