Tien Ho is back tonight with the debut of Montmartre in Chelsea, and the former Momofuku chef is bringing gaufrettes and beef tartare. The anticipated French-American bistro is a collaboration with prolific restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, whose last restaurant, the gonzo izakaya Chez Sardine, opened less than three months ago in the West Village. The menu at Montmartre is divided into categories like petites assiettes, which includes chicken liver croustillant with scallions and blond miso, and radishes served with trout roe and olives. House cassoulet for two is among the daily specials, and mains include steaks, fish, and a dish of carrots served with braised short ribs, arugula, and pecorino vinaigrette. The one-page menu first appears compact, but actually spans a multiverse of old- and new-school influences; you're probably going to want a few minutes alone with it. The lineup, and some photos of the restaurant, are straight ahead.
Monmartre, 158 Eighth Ave., nr. W. 18th St.; 646-596-8838