ACME, the NoHo restaurant from partners Jean-Marc Houmard, Jon Neidich and Huy Chi Le, is now open after undergoing a culinary transformation led by new executive chef and partner Brian Loiacono. Re-introducing ACME as a contemporary bistro, Loiacono (formerly executive chef at Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne) combines his classic French training with his Italian-American upbringing to create a seasonal neighborhood restaurant that showcases a variety of flavors and techniques, yet is quintessentially New York.
The cocktail list is the creation of Dev Johnson of Employees Only and is a mix of well-executed classics like Negronis and Manhattans with twists, alongside new creations such as the French Breakfast: Cognac, Ginger, Lemon, Egg White and the Primito: Mezcal, Grapefruit Cordial, Prosecco, Spice.
Wine director Nicole Hakli has joined the ACME team to helm the restaurant’s already noteworthy wine program. A veteran of The Nomad and Eleven Madison Park, Hakli is bolstering a diverse, accessible selection of restrained and balanced classic Old World styles, bringing her fresh perspective to ACME’s inventory. Hakli is building the list to include robust offerings in the under-$50 range, countered by an extensive array from coveted Burgundian producers such as Bruno Clair, Dugat-Py and Rouget, as well as Barolos like Mascarrelo and Giacosa in the restaurant’s new consignment program.