The Feed first look: Montmartre
Empire builder Gabriel Stulman (Chez Sardine, Perla) joins forces with Tien Ho (Má Pêche) for a French-American bistro in Chelsea.
Thu Feb 28 2013
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Tarte renversée at Montmartre
Gabriel Stulman—prolific West Village empire builder—has been on a tear as of late, wrangling übertalented toques for his constellation of buzzy downtown gems: Michael Toscano at Perla, Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly at Fedora and Chez Sardine. For his sixth restaurant, he’s landed the biggest name yet: Former Momofuku top brass Tien Ho (once executive chef at Ssäm Bar and Má Pêche) will make his highly anticipated return to the scene with this French-American bistro, opening February 28th. In a departure from Momofuku’s inventive Asian dishes, Ho will draw on his Café Boulud days for approachable French fare, dispatching plates like veal blanquette served with thumbelina carrots and mustard spaetzle, and saucisson a l’ail (garlic sausage) with wild Burgundy snails and Swiss chard. Take your dinner at an oak-and-slate table, or post up at the six-stool bar for Gallic wines and eclectic cocktails (tequila and sherry with jasmine pearls; rye with herb liqueur and Amaro Montenegro). 158 Eighth Ave between 17th and 18th Sts (646-596-8838)