Editor's note: You've already seen our New York editors' neighborhood guides, in which the SE staff—Ed, Carey, Erin, and more—chat about their favorite places to eat in their own neighborhoods. But we're branching out to other food personalities. New SE'r Allegra Ben-Amotz will chat with a different food celeb every week, bringing you their favorite everyday eats. First up? Tom Colicchio on the West Village. —The Mgmt..

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Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurants secured his status as a major player on the New York food scene, and thanks to his gig as lead judge for Bravo's Top Chef, he's now a household name. The recipient of five James Beard awards and author of three cookbooks, Colicchio has restaurants across the country, but his home base is the West Village, where he lives with his wife and three sons. Tom took some time out of his busy schedule to share his favorite spots in the neighborhood for Serious Eats' first installment of Neighborhood Guides.

Tom's Picks


Ice Cream/Gelato: L'Arte del Gelato
The location on 7th Avenue or in Chelsea Market.

Sandwich: Zampa
The mozzarella, eggplant, roast pepper sandwich on ciabatta, pressed in a sandwich press.


Burger: The Spotted Pig
Their burger with Roquefort and shoestring fries.


Photographs: Robyn Lee

Pizza, By-the-Pie: Colicchio & Sons
The Tap Room at Colicchio & Sons. Our pizzas don't get enough love, but they're really delicious. [Ed. note: Okay, Tom, we'll give ya one shout-out.]

Pizza, Slice: Two Boots
We usually order a whole pizza, so I don't really order by the slice. but it's great New York-style pizza.

Coffee: Kava
For espresso or black coffee.


Bagel: Ess-A-Bagel
Okay, it's not in my neighborhood, but it's well worth the drive.

Delivery Food: Sammy's Noodle Shop
Sammy's Noodle Shop for noodles. I always get the roast pork wontons and turnip cakes.

Breakfast: Bonsignour
When I don't eat it at home.

Takeout: Spice
Spice for Thai food. I get the duck salad and pad see ew.


Falafel: Taim
I don't eat falafel much but when I do, it's from Taim.

Date Night: Soto
Soto for sea urchin, squid with shiso and quail egg.

Can't-Miss Spot: Barbuto
Of course, I get the roasted chicken.

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