This week I award two Bloomberg News stars to Tien Ho and Gabe Stulman’s Montmartre in Chelsea, a very good French brasserie that for a short period time was a not a very good French brasserie. For the first month things were bland and boring. Rest assured, Tien got the memo. He’s now dishing out killer coconut curry mussels, along with some of the city’s best French Fries.
And since my review ran, Tien has added a raw bar, with oysters ($3-$3.50), shrimp cocktail ($14) and KING CRAB ($24) — we’re calling a strong buy on the crab as other seafood restaurants often put a high starting price point on KING CRAB; Catch in the Meatpacking starts its KING CRAB pricing at $60.
Montmartre has also made the burger, with camembert and peppercress, available at dinner. Previously it was only sold during the day. This is a COOL MOVE, as restaurateurs often needlessly restrict burgers to lunch, for fear that every single diner will irrationally flock to that comfortable and affordable “meat sandwich,” instead of trying something more risky and expensive. Oh, and Montmartre’s burger is just $14.
So all in all, the fare is pretty affordable. And as is always the case with our A La Carte Arithmetic feature, The Price Hike aims to estimate the cost of dinner for two. We believe you’ll spend anywhere from $84-$166 for three courses at Montmartre, a bigger and more forgiving range than, say, Perry St. by Jean-Georges ($115-$172), where a three-course dinner will be at least $30 more expensive on the low end.