Smallman Galley. Photo: Stone SwiessTwo new chefs are going to take their talents to the Smallman Galley.
Coming in June, Joey Hilty and Phill Milton will take over two of the kitchens in the four-concept restaurant space. Current Smallman Galley chefs Pete Tolman of Iron Born (Detroit-style pizza) and Hoa Le of Banhmilicious are staying put in the food hall, while Ryan Peters of brunoise and Jesse Barlass of Colonia will be moving on.
Hilty, who is the owner of The Vandal in Lawrenceville, will be introducing a modern European cafe concept called Joey’s. The menu will feature simple, ingredient-driven dishes, like Tomato Tartine (with grilled corn, red onion and dill sabayon) and a Beef Tartare sandwich with capers, fried onions, charred escarole, pine nuts and bearnaise on a baguette.
The other restaurant concept will be called Home, and will serve classic comfort dishes from Milton, who most recently worked as a sous chef at fl. 2. Home’s menu will feature Milton’s unique and elevated take on family-friendly dishes, including Meat & Potatoes with braised short rib ragu, Parmesan gnocchi and whipped basil, and Fish Sticks, with pecan-crusted Lake Erie walleye, pickled vegetables, and a house-made tartar sauce. Expect plenty of fun and nostalgic specials and events, including a ‘TV Dinner of the Week’ special that’s served complete with a TV dinner tray.
Adding only two new chefs at a time marks a change for the Smallman Galley, as the food hall has previously ushered in a full set of new concepts at once. In a release, the Galley Group says that by introducing new chefs on a rotating timeline, they will be able to stay open as new chefs set up shop, and allow them ample time to prepare to open. This new, rotating scheduling will also allow potential chefs the opportunity to apply for various spots throughout the year.
Iron Born will remain at the food hall for another year, and Banhmilicious will remain for an additional six months.
In the meantime, we suggest getting to Smallman Galley as soon (and as much) as you can while brunoise and Colonia are still there. brunoise has one of the best burgers in the city, and they’ve just put their super-popular fried chicken sandwich on the menu full time. Over at Colonia, don’t miss the pupusa, which was one of the best things we ate in 2017.
Smallman Galley (54 21st Street)