Meet Claire Chan, the restaurateur behind the rustic West Village cafe, The Elk. She now brings us Bar Beau, the Williamsburg bar serving coffee by day and cocktails by night. We sat with Claire to chat about her passion for food + hospitality and how she transitioned from the fashion industry to the culinary scene.
I am from Vancouver BC Canada, and I have lived in New York City for the last 10 years. I moved here to pursue a career in fashion, and after a few years of working in the fashion industry I decided to pivot into my true passion for the hospitality industry. In 2014, I opened THE ELK in the West Village, and now I’ve recently opened Bar Beau in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
I have always been inspired by the sense of community that food can create. I want our guests to feel comfortable and at home when they visit us, and I think food has a way of making people feel that way. I love that about it and I love how inclusive it is.
Bar Beau is a home away from home, where quality and guest experience is at the forefront of everything we do. During the daytime, we serve a selection of specialty coffee drinks and local pastries in our front café space. At night, we morph into a cocktail bar and restaurant in our back area. We serve rotating house cocktails as well as all the classics, along with a beer and wine program that emphasizes local and natural. We also feature a seasonally curated menu of small-larger share plates using Asian ingredients in unique and unpredictable ways. Our menu is meant to be shared and layered upon, and enjoyed in an interactive way.
Local, thoughtful, knowledgeable, tasteful, heartfelt
Ask for help when you need it, and surround yourself with support both personally and professionally!
Working with all sorts of talented and creative people – from our culinary and beverage consultants, to our dear design/architect team who helped to create our beautiful space.
Beau is the name of my nephew.
First and foremost, great coffee. Nice vibes don’t hurt either.
New York is chalk-full of inspiration! We are so lucky. To name just a few places and people: Estela, Marlow & Sons, Jean Georges, Andre Balazs, and the Soho Houses.
Travel, art, fashion, music, the ocean