After some months of anticipation and a couple of solid weeks of friends and family, Rabbit in the Moon, the curious restaurant covered in fake ivy on West 8th Street (not the other restaurant covered in fake ivy nearby) opens to the public on Friday. Meant to look like an English country home "with a woman's touch", the two story, 125 seat interior features an eclectic mix of exposed brick, wood paneling, a weird white ceiling with text, bookshelves, taxidermy, statues, crests, cushy chairs, paintings, and chandeliers. There are two bars in the space, and yes, the owners refer to the people who work behind them as "chefs du bar."
In the kitchen, Brian Bieler (of the failed Nolita restaurant The Mott) is serving gussied up pub fare like bangers and mash but also foie gras torchon, roasted chicken, and rabbit terrine.
And the name: "the name of the restaurant refers to the notion that those who see the likeness of a rabbit in a full moon must be in love." Awww.
Below, the menu served during friends and family: