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Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Leah Cohen's Lower East Side

Neighborhood Guides Bao Ong 9 comments

When Leah Cohen isn't plating dishes of crispy pata or grilling pork jowl, she's often not far from her restaurant Pig and Khao on the Lower East Side. She lives around the corner from her restaurant, after all, but if she's not eating in her own kitchen, there are endless options around the neighborhood. Here are some of her favorites. More

Scenes from Cochon 555, NYC

Jacqueline Raposo 2 comments

Cochon 555 took over Pier 60 yesterday, where five of New York's swankiest female chefs used whole heritage hogs in their menus, paired with five wineries and a slew of bourbon and mezcal tables, and an entire Berkshire hog was butchered by Sara Bigelow of The Meat Hook and raffled off. We ate and drank our way around the room and brought you our 13 favorite moments, and the team that took home the gold. More

First Look: Pig and Khao

Carey Jones 3 comments

The Fatty Crew Hospitality Group (Fatty Crab, Fatty 'Cue...) is well-established in New York in its particular form of Southeast Asian restaurant, true to the flavors of the region if not always specific dishes, food taken seriously but served in essentially casual restaurants, with a sense of humor and plenty to drink. Pig & Khao, the first restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen (in partnership with the Fatty team), falls neatly into that genre. More

First Look: 'Top Chef' Contestant Leah Cohen's Preview Dinners at LTO

The Serious Eats Team 10 comments

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. More

Shameless Rumormongering: Leah and Hosea Both Taking Off

Carey Jones 7 comments

September 18: Leah Cohen, Top Chef Season 5 almost-finalist and one half of the Leah-and-Hosea saga, announces she's leaving her executive chef position at Centro Vinoteca for a "months-long" sabbatical. September 23: Hosea Rosenberg, Top Chef Season 5 winner and... More

Leah Cohen of 'Top Chef' Leaving Centro Vinoteca

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A news bite for Top Chef fans: Season Five cheftestant Leah Cohen will be leaving the position of Executive Chef at Centro Vinoteca. "Cursory plans include possible months-long stints in Spain, Italy, and Asia to further enhance her knowledge and... More

Where to Find Aperitivi in the West Village: Centro Vinoteca and Gusto Ristorante

Carey Jones 1 comment

Aperitivi at Centro Vinoteca Ever since I returned from Italy, I've been searching for a good aperitivo hour—that wonderful time of the evening when bars and cafés deliver free bite-sized snacks along with your cocktail. Of course, plenty of... More

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