Located in New York City’s Nolita, Rebelle is a touch of Paris in this traditionally Italian area of downtown Manhattan. Opened in 2015, this is a contemporary take on the French bistro; gone are the candles in wine bottles, red-and-white tablecloths and Le Chat Noir posters, and in its place are sleek marble bars, exposed brick, clean black chairs and industrial accents hanging low from the ceiling.
At Rebelle, the emphasis is on the food rather than the clichés. Chef Daniel Eddy creates small plates, allowing diners to eat their meal either à la carte or as a tasting menu, and with the likes of leek vinaigrette decorated with leek ash, scallop and sea urchin, and an updated duck cassoulet, you’d be hard pressed to find something you won’t enjoy.
This is a restaurant that takes its wine as seriously as its food, with a 1,500-bottle list of some of the best wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa and beyond – and helpful bartenders to help your way through the selection. If nothing else, go for the soundtrack of New Order, Bowie and Talking Heads.
Rebelle can be found at 218 Bowery New York, NY 10012. Visit the Rebelle website for more information.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Rebelle