Bowery princes Branden McRill and Patrick Cappiello of Pearl & Ash are debuting their new wine-focused French restaurant Rebelle right next door tonight. The pair took over the enormous old R Bar space, ridding it of its stripper poles and red leather walls and giving it an industrial makeover with the help of interior design team of the moment hOme, which also designed Torst, Threes Brewing, and Black Seed.
The Menu: It's "a French restaurant run by American kids," Cappiello told Eater last week. Daniel Eddy, of Paris's much lauded Spring restaurant is running the kitchen here, offering a modern French menu with some American touches like chicken with potato, sorrel, and lemon preserve; and duck breast with endive, orange, and smoked almonds. It's all designed to pair well with Cappiello's 81 page wine opus, which boasts 1,500 French and American varieties, ranging from a bargain $28 aligote from Washington to a trophy $6995 Montrachet, Grand Cru from 1989. For those who really crave a cocktail, there's a small drinks menu including French classics like a French 75 and a Kir Normand, and a bar menu of a foie gras torchon, fried pig's head, and anchovies to go with it.
Check out the opening menus below. Keep in mind, the team plans to regularly update both the food and beverage options.