Published February 28, 2013
Gabe Stulman’s French Bistro in Chelsea
We’re just going to dive right in today.
Let’s take it easy.
How’ve you been? Pretty good? Good.
Let’s get some wine. Eat some French food. Chill in a garden.
It’ll be like this place...
, the kind of charming little French bistro that pretty much defines charming
little French bistro, opening tonight in Chelsea.
Gabe Stulman. This guy’s got a fever. And the only prescription is opening more restaurants. This makes
three in the past year—after Perla and Chez Sardine. And those seem to have worked out... stellarly. This
one’s French. So very French. Provençal-garden-in-the-back French. Mmm. Yes. French.
We’re just going to walk in a straight line today. Because this is a narrow space. One with a small, dark
wooden bar just to the left as you enter. You know what to do there.
Now go further. Past the simple black wine rack. You’ve got a handful of small booths bathed in warm,
sepia-ish light. We’ll tell you what to do there. Eat blanquette de veau (veal stew) with someone
disproportionately attractive, is what.
But keep walking. To alfresco gold. Once the local climate warms to porch-friendly levels, the garden is the
only place to be. We can see it now: the sun gently warming your forehead. You’re drinking malbec while
wispy waitresses explain what French menu items are in English.
It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
158 8th Ave
(between 17th and 18th)
New York, NY 10011