Chagall Bistro (formerly Belleville Bistro) opened quietly over the weekend, and is officially up and running. The new name and logo are posted along the windows and door, and the fresh paint job has the place looking a sunny pale green. No awnings have yet replaced the old Belleville signs.
The menu is revamped, but still French kosher. It’s been created by Executive Chef Jean-Claude Teulade, a veteran of the famed French restaurant La Côte Basque, and reveals a reasonably priced range of entrees from a saffron risotto with diced jalapeños ($18), to a chicken fricasse with mushrooms, duck prosciutto, and fingerling potatoes au jus ($24), to a 14-oz rib eye steak with house-made French fries and a brandy-pepper sauce ($38). The appetizers (e.g., bronzino carpaccio, duck pastilla) and desserts (e.g., orange souffle, creme brulee) are equally enticing.
The kosher certification is done by OK Kosher Certification, dated February 22, 2013, and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Gornish. Sonia tells me the web site is under construction but the menu will be online soon. In the meantime, you can find it posted in front of the entrance.
According to the posting, the bistro will be open for dinner Sunday through Thursday only (opening at 5:00 p.m.), with brunch be available on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They’ll keep the place closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Chagall Bistro is located at 330 Fifth Street at Fifth Avenue. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (718) 832-9777.