Chef Harold Moore, whose beloved West Village eatery Commerce was shut down in 2015 over a "legal technicality," has made his first foray into running a French restaurant. Moore and co-owner Julia Grossman opened the all-day Bistro Pierre Lapin (yes, that translates to "Peter Rabbit"), at 99 Bank Street on Monday.
Moore, who trained with Daniel Boulud and has 20 years experience with French cuisine, is giving the menu a New York twist: Signature dishes include tableside toasted brioche with flambléed fricassée of mushrooms; housemade foie gras terrine; creamy avocado vichyssoise; classic Croque Madame; Pike Quenelles in herb champagne sauce; Moore’s iconic whole-roasted “Chicken for Two,” served on a bed of foie gras bread stuffing and pommes purée; and a roasted Gigot d'Agneau de Pré-Salé with potato gratin and a selection of vegetables (bring friends, because this whole leg of lamb serves 3-5 people). Peruse the dinner menu here.
Grossman oversees the dessert program, which features a Couer à la crème for two; black forest chocolate marquise; and Grandmother’s Blueberry Tart. She also runs the "all-day cafe," where baked goods like croissants, biscotti, muffins, scones and more can be found in the back bar, plus an a la minute menu, with offerings like "carrot cake madeleines; ham and cheese croissant; egg sandwich filled with chives, truffle, and cheese; and an avocado yogurt parfait."
"I hope that customers feel like they wandered into something special," Moore said, "This project is different from anything I’ve done in the past because I’ve shared the entire process with Julia. It’s a collaboration of our combined interests and ideas, and a mission to reimagine some of the favorite meals we’ve been lucky enough to experience together, only through a New York lens. We want people to leave feeling like they were in someone’s home and spent the whole afternoon over a bottle of wine, indulging in tasty bites, and with great company."
Also important: Eater reports that Moore and Grossman are "focused on getting neighborhood regulars with specials like a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that has $9 glasses of wine and complimentary cheese and bread at the bar."
Bistro Pierre Lapin, 99 Bank Street (212-858-6600), is open daily from 8 a.m.-11 p.m., serving cafe breakfast all day, dinner from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., and bar from 11 a.m., with full lunch and weekend brunch soon to be announced.