West Village Italian restaurant Perla is no more, with all-day cafe and wine bar Fairfax now open in the same space from restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Fedora, Jeffrey’s Grocery).
Riding the all-day cafe trend wave sweeping 2017, Fairfax will open daily at 8 a.m. with both sit-down and takeaway breakfast, while transitioning to a wine bar weekdays at 11:30 a.m. and weekends at 3 p.m. Unlike its Italian predecessor, Fairfax’s food — from the same chef Jack Harris — focuses on the Mediterranean, with small plates like chicken leg with za’atar stuffing or avocado toast with baba ganoush, radish, and za’atar. Perhaps most compelling is a daily deal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. of one small plate of choice plus a glass of wine for $20. The menus are in full below.
New photos of the space over on Grub Street show a totally redone room, with couches and communal tables sectioned in separate areas throughout. In his email to newsletter subscribers, Stulman said his intention was to make it “feel as comfortable as home,” with places to “grab a corner of the couch with a newspaper, set up at the bar for a working lunch, or bring your friends for dinner at the table.”
This is not he first time Stulman has retooled a restaurant. It’s become his signature move, with Chez Sardine turning into Bar Sardine and Montmartre’s several iterations before it shuttered.
Fairfax Menu by Eater.com on Scribd