Another day, another Gabe Stulman restaurant. Gabe Stulman is my hero. His "Little Wisco" empire keeps growing, this time with the help of Chef Tien Ho, and the French inspired Montmartre. Their first venture outside the West Village, this new spot, has opened on 18th and 8th in Chelsea. And boy, are those Chelsea boys going to be happy. It's cute and and charming, and the fare is damn good. Wait til the Spring, and their patio opens up out back, it's going to be hot.
I dropped in on their first weekend they opened and loved my meal. It's still early on, with room to grow, but Montmartre is a great restaurant nonetheless.
A little amuse of cauliflower and mackerel tickled my taste buds with glee.
Cavalo Nero Tarte Reversee ($12), egg yolk, parmesan, and anchovies, is awesome. It's a unique take on a black kale caesar salad, and it's true perfection. Salty, crunchy, goodness.
Fluke ($28) comes with potatoes parisienne, creamed and charred leeks, and chili-crab butter. It is sensational. An ingenious preparation, and that crab-butter is to die for. Pure Deliciousness.
A side of sticky rice ($8), yellow beans, caramel pork, and scallions, was the best sticky rice I'd ever encountered. Utilizing Chef Ho's Asian background, it was an interesting dish to see on a French inspired menu, but I loved it. Sexiness.
As of now Montmartre only offers three desserts. I tried the Hazelnut Gougeres ($11), which I disliked. They were nothing special. I would much have rather ordered another of one of Chef Ho's savory dishes. But this was their 2nd day in operation, and I know with time, the desserts will be killer here too.
Montmartre and the "Little Wisco" team should be proud. They have added a wonderful French joint to their growing empire. A magical meal awaits.
158 Eigth Avenue (and 18th St)
New York, NY 10011