It's not uncommon for chefs working in trendy restaurants located in trendy neighborhoods to live nowhere near where they spend long hours in front of the stove. When Richard Gibbs, the executive chef at Battery Harris in Williamsburg, isn't cooking up what he calls Afro-Latino cuisine or bottling his own barbecue sauces, he's spending time on Staten Island. Here's where he goes to eat.
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French-born chef Alain Allegretti has lived in the Financial District and the Upper East Side but it's in Chelsea, where he's lived for three years, that he feels at home. There are galleries, the High Line and of course, plenty of places to eat. When he's not at his restaurant, Bistro La Promenade, which is located in the iconic London Terrace, he's often out supporting local businesses. Allegretti shared some of his favorites with Serious Eats this week.
Put some popcorn in front of Andy Choi, the executive chef of Cherry, and he's hooked. Give him a Jameson neat with the popcorn and he couldn't be much happier. While Choi has worked in kitchens from upscale places like Le Cirque to downtown's trendy Momofuku Ssam Bar, he simply craves good, unfussy food when he's home in Kensington, Brooklyn. He moved the to changing neighborhood a few months ago, and with a few stops in nearby Park Slope, Choi chatted with us about his favorite spots.
Tony Scotto's roots in Carroll Gardens stretches back generations. He grew up in Nyack, New York, but recalls coming to the Brooklyn neighborhood almost every weekend to visit his family, and of course those trips involved food. So when he moved here three years ago, it was like coming home.
It's not often you'll find Gael Greene at home on the Upper West Side. As the longest working restaurant critic in New York, the Insatiable Critic is still out and about town almost every night of the week tasting and critiquing food chefs put in front of her. Here's where she eats when close to home.
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.
Midtown East isn't the first neighborhood we'd peg as home for Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony. But he's done his homework. He's been living in the neighborhood with his wife and three daughters for about five years. While they often cook and entertain at home, he shared with us his favorite restaurants, from slices of pizza to sushi.
Long before his trendy restaurants opened or he started appearing regularly on television, John DeLucie found himself living in the West Village as a student at NYU in the 80's. Since then he's lived and worked abroad in kitchens across Europe, but today he still calls the Village his home.
Yuji Haraguchi started Yuji Ramen at Smorgasburg last year, and it's been a hit ever since. He took some time to talk with us about where he shops for ingredients, and where he goes when he wants someone else to do the cooking.
The Do or Dine chef and new Food Network star took us on a tour of his neighborhood to show off the spots that do Bed-Stuy proud.
You could call Michael Psilakis one of New York's ambassadors of Greek cuisine. As the son of a first generation traditional Greek family on Long Island, Psilakis learned to roast whole lambs on a spit at a young age, and these days is busy maintaining his restaurants in the city and surrounding area. After the jump: his guide to the best Greek shopping and eating in the city.
Top Chef alum Manuel Trevino is busy with his new gig at Marble Lane, but come late night, he's free to explore his Upper East Side neighborhood.
Manhattan can call Larry Reutens one of Singapore's culinary ambassadors to the city. Masak is one of very restaurants in New York that serves Reutens' native food, but it's not Singaporean the way his grandmother made it. "When I cook, I try to marry those traditional flavors with what I can find here at the farmers market or whatever is in season, rather than trying to replicate them entirely." Reutens shared his favorite shopping spots with us, along with some restaurants that offer a taste of home.
The Executive chef of DBGB dishes on where to eat between Park Slope and the Greenwood cemetery.
Yesterday Gabe Thompson spilled about his development as a chef; today he's back to share his favorite neighborhood bites in Chelsea.
Where the restaurateur behind Rosemary's and Bobo goes for breakfast, a divey drink, delivery noodles, and more.
Macaron-makers Simon Tung and Christina Ha spend their days at the new East Village location of Macaron Parlour, but their off time is all Chinatown. Take a look at Simon's picks for noodles, dumplings, roast pork, rice crepes, and more.
Pitmaster Matt Fisher, half of the team behind Fletcher's Barbecue, lives in a neighborhood that respects tradition as much as the 'cue he practices. Click through to see what he eats at his home base in Ridgewood, Queens.
Hooni Kim, the Seoul-born chef of Danji and the newly opened Hanjan, tells us where he gets his kimchi, soy sauce, tofu, and more, along with recommendations for a particularly awesome bibimbap.
The Red Cat's chef and restaurateur gives equal billing to Chelsea's empanada nomads and temples to Italian fine dining.