Mathieu Palomino Opens La Gamelle on the Bowery Today

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Mathieu Palombino’s new “Parisian Brasserie” opening at 241 Bowery. Last week, the red-painted La Gamelle signage was installed above the entrance, signaling the impending opening. Then yesterday, the plywood encasement was excised from the storefront, revealing a spiffy new wooden exterior.

Here’s a gratuitous shot of the dining room.

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According to Eater, Palombino promises some menu holdovers from Chez Jef, the pop-up he ran in the space for four months last year, plus additional classic French dishes.

As for the name, it should sound familiar. Alex Gherab had employed the name for his SoHo restaurant of yore (replaced by McNally’s Lucky Strike), and was also attached to the project as interior designer.

The restaurant opens tonight, and will only sport dinner service for the first couple weeks. Lunch and brunch options will follow thereafter.

La Gamelle is a reboot for Mathieu Palombino, who was unable to make ends meet with the Bowery Diner. Some neighbors living in the vicinity consistently express skepticism that any of these foodie havens (Cherche Midi, Paulaner, etc.) with eye-popping prices will survive on the Bowery. Paradoxical, given the money flowing onto the block.

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