After putting in his time at serious restaurants in luxury hotels for a number of years after moving to the U.S. over a decade ago, Shaun Hergatt opened SHO Shaun Hergatt in the Financial District in 2009—not a very good year to open a restaurant considering the economic recession. But the Australian-born chef still garnered accolades for his food and he did everything to make it work, including moving not far away. While SHO is no longer, Hergatt is now cooking for guests at his restaurant Juni, an intimate 50-seat restaurant in the Flatiron District. He still lives downtown for the convenience and all the train stops in his neighborhood. Here, Hergatt shares with Serious Eats some of his favorites in lower Manhattan.
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In 2009, as banks began to make way for media firms and post-graduate apartment complexes, Shaun Hergatt moved in and put the FiDi on the food map. Read on for Shaun's favorite spots to eat and drink in the Financial District.
SHO: Shaun Hergatt 40 Broad Street, 2nd floor, New York NY 10004; map); 212-809-3993; shoshaunhergatt.com Service: First class, effusive and precise Compare to: Bouley, Corton, Eleven Madison Park Cost: 3-course lunch prix fixe, $30 "You're standing in a fire...
Take a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the slow poached egg with cauliflower purée at SHO Shaun Hergatt, an exquisite dish that chef Hergatt has nicknamed The Golden Egg.