Jersey City gets a French bistro restaurant signed Jamie Knott

Acclaimed chef Jamie Knott of gourmet restaurant Saddle River Inn and Saddle River Cafe is set to open a French bistro this fall in Jersey City, just behind Cellar 335, his funky and loud Asian restaurant and tiki bar.

“It was a dream for a long time,” said Knott, who eyed Madame Claude Bis, a neighborhood French restaurant that opened in 2002. When its owners, Mattias Gustafsson and Alice Troïetto, decided to retire , Knott said they called him.

The name of the new restaurant with be Madame; the logo, Knott said, will feature the former restaurant’s name with the word “Claude” crossed out. “It’s really cool,” he said.

As for the food?

“Think pastis in Jersey City,” Knott said, referring to the beloved French restaurant in the Meatpacking District, created by colorful New York restaurateur Keith McNally, who also owns Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. “And think of the blue ribbon.” he says, especially its decoration: subdued lighting, red velvet benches, mustard-colored walls. “Dark and sexy,” he said.

Everything for the new restaurant has been ordered and is on the way, adds Knott. The chef will be Christopher Abbamondi, who will also continue as chef of Cellar 335. “He’s a super talented chef,” Knott said.

Cave 335 and Madame are connected by a common door. Knott said once a month the door would open for a party for both restaurants with two different DJs.

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Knott said he hopes to open the restaurant on October 10, when he was born.

This will be Knott’s fourth restaurant. When asked how he planned to run so many spots, he replied, “I’m going to clone myself. Science does amazing things.”

Madame will be located at 390 4th St., Jersey City.

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