Here's more info on the cafe via a news release from the EVG inbox...
Ruffian is owned by Tabla alumnus Patrick Cournot and business partner Nick Fusco. They are joined by chefs Josh Ochoa and Andy Alexandre (also Tabla alumni) and sommelier Alexis Percival.
Collectively, Josh Ochoa and Andy Alexandre, have worked under the direction of highly regarded chefs such as Michael Lomonaco (Windows on the World), Polo Dobbin (Dressler), and Floyd Cardoz (Tabla). The menu changes daily and features dishes like Lamb Crepinette with Buttered Turnips, Cornish Hen with Wheat Berries and Mushrooms, and Marinated Mussels with Bruléed Aioli Toast.
Managing Partner Patrick Cournot will also serve as Ruffian's wine director. Cournot curated the wine lists at Lelabar, Resto, The Cannibal, and Blaue Gans, among others. The wine list will offer 100 selections by the bottle ($40-$250) and 15 wines by the glass ($11-$20).
The release notes that Ruffian will soon serve beer.
This will be the second new wine bar right along this stretch of East Seventh Street... Virgola, the Greenwich Village-based oyster-and-wine cafe, is now open at No. 111.
Oaxaca Taqueria was the previous tenant at No. 125.
Illustration via the Ruffian website
Previously on EV Grieve:
Ruffian Wine Bar signage arrives on East 7th Street