Looking for a table at one of New York’s hottest restaurants on a Friday night? Then you’d better book ahead of the crowd. Upon meeting one of New York City’s most popular and charming restaurateurs, Jean-Marc Houmard, his passion for perfectionism, food, and above all else, hospitality is obvious. Situated in the neighborhood of NoHo, his restaurant, ACME, is one of those sizzling and very new destinations. Being involved with the well-known Indochine since 1986, and taking it over in 1992, Jean-Marc and his business partner Huy Chi Le’s newest metropolitan gem comes with great expectations and counts among the current favorites of New York’s culinary scene.
Beyond its laid-back brasserie-style interior and atmosphere, ACME boasts a menu that is a cut above the rest. Aiming sky-high, Jean-Marc lured Danish chef and Noma co-founder, Mads Refslund, away from Copenhagen and has subsequently introduced the American public to his award-winning new nordic cuisine that includes: mackerel tart with black truffles and pickled vegetables, Arctic char with horseradish and buttermilk, and shrimp and bison carpaccio with elderberries and rye.
Just five minutes by bicycle from the restaurant and Jean-Marc is home. In his Greenwich Village staggered level apartment, complete with spectacular terrace and cityscape views, the Swiss native reflects upon his professional journey. Starting out with a budding law career and no intention to remain in New York long term, Jean-Marc traded this trajectory in for a bohemian dream and career in the restaurant business. Since then success and a loyal following of patrons have followed in his footsteps.