First Look: ACME Reopens With New Chef and Bistro Menu

By Kelly Dobkin  |  January 19, 2016
Credit: Whitney Tressel

Photos by Whitney Tressel

The gist: After the departure of chef Mads Refslund late last year, ACME partners Jean-Marc Houmard, Jon Neidich and Huy Chi Le tapped db Bistro Moderne alum Brian Loiacono (and Zagat 30 Under 30 alum) to overhaul the menu, which means no more New Nordic influences here — the new bistro concept is inspired by Loiacono's Italian-American roots and his French training.

The food: Expect a bistro-style menu featuring dishes like cavatelli with pork trotter and octopus ragu (pictured below); brick chicken with leeks, onions and capers (pictured above) ; and crispy rillettes with togarashi and tonnato. There's even a trendy oxtail brodo and a take on throwback dish clams casino with bone marrow. Check out the full menu below.

The drinks: Dev Johnson of Employees Only is behind the cocktail list, which includes signatures like the French Breakfast (cognac, ginger, lemon, egg whites). The old-world-focused wine list features affordable selections from EMP and NoMad alum Nicole Hakli.

The space: Outside, the eatery's iconic awning, a relic from when the spot was a Cajun restaurant, has been replaced with a brand-new design (above). And inside, while interiors remain relatively unchanged, you'll find new artwork from the likes of Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Alex Katz, curated by partner Jon Neidich.

The details: 9 Great Jones St.; 212-203-2121

Acme Dinner Menu