If we’re photographing something on the corner of Houston and Bowery, it’s usually the latest mural. But this is even more exciting. Keith McNally’s reboot of Pulino’s opened to friends and family tonight and we managed to weasel our way in to bring you these photos — and the menu. Meet Cherche Midi.

Sir Keith, ever tactful, asked that we not photograph his aforementioned friends and family, but we managed some shots of the ceilings (now with globe lights in lieu of fluorescents), the tables (now with tablecloths) and the floors (now sans checkered tiles). You’ll note that the place has an all-around whiter, lighter feel.

The menu, by Daniel Parilla (of McNally’s Minetta Tavern) and Shane McBride (formerly in Tom Colicchio’s camp), is, as the name implies, classic French fare a la Balthazar and Pastis (the latter closed earlier this year, in case you haven’t been over to the meatpacking district in a while). Click on it below to take a closer look.


Cherche Midi opens for dinner this Friday and is now taking reservations, so jump on it.

Cherche Midi, 282 Bowery, at East Houston Street, 212-226-3055