Matt Weingarten Bids Savoy Adieu, Brings His Lamb Sandwich to Midtown



St. Bart's terrace, future home of Matt Weingarten.Photo: Jed Egan

The last time we heard about Matt Weingarten, the bespectacled, red-bearded chefs first restaurant, Porcupine, had gone belly up, and he had brought his checked pants and his knives to Savoy as chef de cuisine. But Weingarten, an intellectual type who thinks about food night and day, couldnt be contained forever, and he will be leaving Savoy in early April to head up Caf St. Barts, the terrace restaurant attached to St. Bartholomews Church at Park and 50th. Weingarten will be consulting on the food this summer and in the fall remaking the menu as executive chef. What can diners expect? Well, there wont be any foams, he says. Im not a molecular-gastronomy kind of cook. Everything will be very simple and classic. He does assure us that he will be bringing with him the leg-of-lamb sandwich with prune-hyssop butter that he has carted around with him since Porcupine. Good. We were worried.

Caf St. Barts, 109 E. 50th St., at Park Ave.; 212-888-2664.