The anticipated second iteration of Rouge Tomate is opening its doors tonight in Chelsea. Rouge Tomate — the previously Michelin-starred vegetable-focused restaurant — was most recently operating from the Upper East Side before it closed in August 2014. At the time, the owners told Flo Fab that the move was forced by "economics." Two months after closing, chef Andy Bennet and Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier signed a lease at 126 West 18th Street, home to a roofing company at the time.
Early word is that Rouge Tomate 2.0 will be less formal than the original, and feel a little more like a wine bar. Lepeltier and her team of sommeliers have curated a wine list that boasts over 1,600 bottles, with a strong focus on domestic varietals. For the menu, Bennet is offering vegetable-forward dishes like zucchini with quinoa and daikon; cauliflower with buckwheat and pistachio; and a carrot soup. Stay tuned for pictures of Rouge Tomate later this week, and check out the dinner menu below. Stay up to date with all fall tracking news right here.