Two months ago, we heard rumors that Jody Williams, the one-time Morandi chef who opened and then left Gottino, was working on a new project in the old Pink Tea Cup space. Now the Robs learn that the restaurant will be called Buvette, and it's slated to make its debut sometime in the next week or so. Unlike her previous projects, which were Italian, her new place on Grove St. will focus on simply prepared French classics like sandwiches, charcuterie plates and pissaladière. In keeping with the times, there are also plans for a small retail component, with pestos, oils, salts, and the like, so you can recreate the Buvette experience in the comfort of your own home.
The space also features a few of those old-timey design details that are so hot right now, like vintage photographs on the wall, repurposed wood for the floors, tin ceilings, uncomfortable-looking bar stools — you know the drill. The only cocktails will be martinis and Manhattans, but they'll serve a list of Italian wines. Also: Williams describes the new restaurant as a gastroteque, which, if you didn't know, is a "place where people meet for casual food and drink."
· Jody Williams Goes French [Grub Street]
·All Jody Williams Coverage on Eater [~ENY~]
· Buvette [Official Site]