NEW & NOTEWORTHY | PERLA'S RETURN / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of grubstreet.com

Image courtesy of grubstreet.com

Remember Perla, Gabriel Stulman’s downtown-cool Italian joint with a mean spicy tomato gnocchi? That chapter may have come to a close, but Stulman has penned a sequel in the form of Perla Cafe just steps from its predecessor’s home. While the new space favors natural lighting and a neutral color palette in contrast to Perla’s dark richness, there are a few elements that remain the same -- namely the vibrant display of artwork lining the walls and, of course, the gnocchi.

Stulman, father to Fedora, Bar Sardine, and Jeffrey’s Grocery (to name a few) is as cool and collected as the rotating art collection that gives Perla’s new iteration its spirited aesthetic. Where else could we possibly sip a perfect negroni alongside equally pleasing pasta in the company of a stuffed ram and Mr. Brainwash’s version of Louis Armstrong, Louis Vuitton case and all?

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234 West 4th Street at West 10th Street