After months of speculation and painful waiting, the glorious day is near: the M. Wells Dinette will open at MoMA PS1 on Thursday. The original M. Wells, which was located in Hunters Pointer in Queens, earned acclaim for inventive cooking that was intensely heavy on meat (offal, especially). It closed in August 2011, after only about a year in business. Since then, its owners, Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants.
New York magazine’s Grub Street blog has details about the restaurant’s handsome new kitchen, which includes an “Electric Alto-Shaam CombiOven” and a “Groen Eclipse 30-gallon ergonomic tilting braising pan.”
But what of the food? Eater reports that “a whipped butter and caviar sandwich, a flan made with foie gras, a deconstructed clam chowder, and a marrow and escargot tart” are among the expected offerings. Oh, and Grub Street says that there will also be horse on the menu.
The dinette will be open noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
More large photographs of food from the original M. Wells follow in the space below.