Le Soleil, the only Haitian-American restaurant in mid-town Manhattan re-opened on Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 18 months after being forced to close in 2011. For almost 40 years, owner, Rolande Bisserth ran her small kitchen-like restaurant on 10th Avenue between 57 – 58th Streets, right near John Jay College and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Hospital with Haiti in her heart.
Le Soleil was a local favorite for passersby, taxi cab and limousine drivers, tourists and loyal westside neighbors. Everyone enjoyed Rolande’s delicious, authentic Haitian cuisine, and she allowed no short-cuts in her kitchen. Tassot: Cabrit, Griot and Dinde, Poisson Rose, Poulet, Legumes, Acra, and rice with red beans seasoned just right, took you straight to Port-Au-Prince daily. Even better, the meals were priced right! As rental prices soared and the recession kept people from eating out as often, Le Soleil Restaurant was forced to close. The rent was just too high!