Gabe Goes Gallic
Hot off the heels of Perla and Chez Sardine, NYC restaurateur extraordinaire Gabriel Stulman has opened his third restaurant in the last year, this one called Montmartre, and fittingly providing an inspired taste of Paris in the heart of Chelsea. Occupying a sleek vertical space divided into black marble bar in front, wooden-boothed dining room in centre, and a charming garden patio in back, Montmartre is impressive both outside the kitchen and in, with Momofuku alum Tien Ho leading the charge behind doors and responsible for the delectable dinner fare.
The French influence is clear in the menu, but so too is the Asian Momofuku touch in the more playful dishes, like the petite assiette starter of chicken liver toast with miso butter, sesame and scallion, or the plat principal of poached halibut with chamomile, yuzu, and artichoke barigoule. Other global influences are worked into the line-up, with Tunisian quail paired with apricot, almond, and za’atar yoghurt, and crunchy cassava chips arriving with eggplant caponata and cashew dip. Daily specials feature exciting takes for two, with Tuesday’s house cassoulet, Wednesday’s grilled whole turbot, and Saturday’s dry-aged rib-eye all particularly worth the wait.