First Look: 'Top Chef' Contestant Leah Cohen's Preview Dinners at LTO
Leah Cohen is known to New Yorkers as the former executive chef at Centro Vinoteca, and to the rest of the nation as a runner-up on Season 5 of Top Chef. She spent the last year cooking, eating, and trekking around Southeast Asia (and keeping a travel blog) and now returns to New York to open a Gramercy restaurant that showcases "the bold flavors of Asian street food."
But in the meantime, she's previewing the menu of that restaurant at LTO, the semi-permanent Chinatown establishment that opened earlier this year as a space for chefs to rotate through in a series of one-week pop-up stints. All week, she's been serving a set menu that progresses from a crisp-bottomed mussel omelet to pork neck with watermelon to cod with cockles and Chinese sausage in a yuzu-dashi broth.
Cohen has two more nights at LTO (Thursday, May 26; Friday, May 27), and reservations are still available. $85 for the five-course menu pictured here; $55 for a three-course version.