First Look: Rouge Tomate Reopens in Chelsea

By Emily Siegel  |  September 20, 2016
Credit: Evan Sung

The gist: Chances are you've heard of Rouge Tomate, the former Upper East Side stalwart that charmed New York City with its clean food, luxurious ambiance and killer wine list. It proved high-end dining didn't have to be unhealthy. And now its founding team, who first joined forces in 2008, has announced it will reopen at a new location in Chelsea on Wednesday, September 28. This is the return they've promised ever since "economics" forced the original location to close.

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The space: But don't expect Rouge Tomate Chelsea to look, feel or taste like the original version. While the same folks are involved — including master sommelier, partner and beverage director Pascaline Lepeliter — this brand has undergone some serious changes. Its Downtown venue will be much more intimate and informal, but will continue to preach the benefits of local food, natural wine and social responsibility.

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The food: Chef Andy Bennett has created a plant-centric menu featuring small plates like cauliflower with Taleggio, buckwheat, pistachio, grapes and Amberjack (shown at top); entrees like Ling cod with fennel, clams, potato gnocchi, lettuce (shown above); and fresh juices for diners looking to avoid alcohol. Aside from small amounts in some desserts, both butter and cream are avoided completely.

The details: 126 West 18 St.; 646-395-3978