In a little over a week Mathieu Palombino, the man behind the Motorino pizza empire, will swing open the doors of La Gamelle, his new Parisian brasserie, bringing classic French fare to the Bowery. The space has been completely remodeled in the time since Palombino shuttered Bowery Diner, his take on a retro American diner, and now sports the tables, chairs, and even a bar all imported from France.
On the menu are brasserie favorites, some of which are holdovers from Chez Jef, the bistro pop-up that Palombino ran for a spell in this space last year, before turning his attention to opening a real restaurant in its place. Noted restaurant designer Alex Gherab helped with the interior design, and also provided the La Gamelle name, which was once the name of his Soho restaurant, since replaced by Keith McNally's Lucky Strike. Take a look at the warm, handsome space in the slideshow above.