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Rebelle

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218 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 40.721957 -73.993792
nr. Prince St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
917-639-3880 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Bistro, French
  • Price Range: $$$

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Hours

Mon-Thu, 8am-noon and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, 8am-noon and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 11:30am-5pm and 5:30pm-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

J, Z at Bowery; F at Second Ave.

Prices

$15-$45

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Notable Chef
  • Design Standout

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

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Profile

The East Village restaurant Rebelle doesn’t officially classify itself as a wine bar, but with a tightly edited menu numbering only 11 savory dishes, and a wine list that runs to 105 pages, the emphasis is hard to miss. With its long, white marble bar and minimalist décor (exposed-brick walls, polished concrete floors), the space even feels like a ye olde wine bar, albeit one that’s the size of a small warehouse, complete with a state-of-the-art open kitchen and an additional separate dining room in the back. If you have the resources and the will, you could spend many happy evenings at the bar up front, delving into every wine-geek trend of the last half-century (garagiste, natural, high-roller trophy bottles, classic old vines), although, in the end, what distinguishes Rebelle from the rabble of other vino-centric establishments around town is the cooking. The chef, Daniel Eddy, worked at the great Parisian bistro Spring, and he has a knack for taking stodgy recipes from the ancient French canon and transforming them in all sorts of clean, subtly inventive ways. Consider their inspired rendition of roast chicken and potatoes (the chicken is deboned and poached in tarragon butter), or the tender cut of duck breast touched with white beans and watercress, instead of the usual glop of sweet orange sauce. The desserts are exceptional, but if you’re on a serious wine binge, stick with the cheeses, several of which taste like they’ve just been hand-delivered to the kitchen door from one of the better fromageries in Paris.

Note

Kitchen closes one hour before closing time.

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