Chef Adam Starowicz has lived in Sunnyside for nearly four years, and he describes the neighborhood as not only safe and increasingly popular, but also as a place with more late-night restaurants than parts of Manhattan—an essential requirement for a busy chef.
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When Il Principe's chef is dining out near home, his choices tend to veer toward the more simple than complicated—just like his own Italian cooking.
Nearly six years ago, Ryan Angulo and his wife left Astoria for Bay Ridge to be closer to Angulo's restaurant, Buttermilk Channel. Now the chef, who's busy at the restaurant's new sibling French Louie, has plenty of reasons to stay beyond work. His recommendations for Middle Eastern food and groceries, old school Italian, and pizza after the jump.
Chef Dan Silverman of the Regency Bar & Grill has lived in Ditmas Park since 2000. Over the past few years he's watched the restaurant scene there burst wide open. Here are his favorite places to eat in the neighborhood.
John Seymour, one of the co-owners of Sweet Chick, grew up and lived in Manhattan until moving to Williamsburg about 12 years ago—long before the Brooklyn neighborhood became filled with popular restaurants. Now that they're there, he doesn't go far for food. Here are his favorite spots in the neighborhood.
In the brief time that Shane Lyons, the chef at Distilled, has worked and lived in the Lower East Side, he's noticed that "99 Cent stores are now French restaurants." But the neighborhood's history and diversity are enough to keep him around and trying new places to eat. Here are his favorites.
Ed Cotton, the executive chef of Sotto 13, has lived in Long Island City, for the past four years (he's in a building right behind the Pepsi-Cola sign). Here's where he goes out to eat.
Aquavit's Marcus Jernmark lives near his restaurant on Central Park South, where there are more Michelin-starred places than more casual options. What are his go-tos? We talked with him to find out.
As a longtime resident on the east side of Manhattan, Nick Anderer has seen more restaurants pop up closer to the East River each year. The 35-year-old chef currently lives in Stuyvesant Town, not far from Maialino, where he's the head chef, and the East Village, where he lived before. He's discovered more favorites through years that he can keep track of, but Anderer shared his favorites with us this week.
Chef Mike Price grew up along the Chesapeake Bay, so it was no surprise when he landed in DUMBO not far from the East River. It also turns out that he is only a few subway stops away from downtown, where he's made a name for himself.
As much as Geoffrey Zakarian is in the spotlight—judging on "Iron Chef" and "Chopped" while also running two high-profile New York restaurants—he and his wife Margaret Zakarian like to keep it low-key in Midtown East.
When not cooking at the Musket Room in trendy Nolita, Matt Lambert hits up low-key restaurants in his home neighborhood on the Upper East Side. Here are his favorites.
While Danielle Chang, the founder of Lucky Rice, eats in Chinatown all the time—it's blocks away from her home in Nolita—she's often on the go searching for the best Asian food. Here are her favorites in and around Nolita.
When Miroslav Uskokovic, the head pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern, moved to Astoria in 2009, he felt right at home. As he puts it, "I try to eat in Queens a lot. Everyone comes to Manhattan. Why not support your local places?"
Max and Eli Sussman, the brothers of the popular Mile End Deli, live away from what they call the "L zone." In other words, their shared apartment in South Williamsburg is removed from all the restaurants and bars on and around Bedford Avenue. Still, the Sussmans, who recently released "The Best Cookbook Ever," love the adventurous character of their neighbors' appetites and a restaurant culture that rewards them. Here are their favorites south of the L train.
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.
When Marc Vidal moved to New York in 2010 to lead the kitchen of Bouqeria—the newest location is opening on the Upper East Side—everyone told him he had to live in Manhattan. While he landed in Soho, Vidal spent all his spare time in Brooklyn. The Spanish chef eventually made the jump across the East River within a year and now calls Bushwick home. Now he's surrounded by friends, other chefs and some of his favorite restaurants. Here are Vidal's neighborhood picks in Bushwick.
A scraggly fig tree was enough to convince Sarah Zorn, a lifelong Brooklynite, to move to Bath Beach nearly seven years ago. The old school Italian plus immigrant waves of Chinese, Russian, and Polish food have given her good reason to stay.
Ian MacGregor's parents moved into a brownstone on Convent Avenue in the 80's, long before any signs of gentrification reached Hamilton Heights. Not much has actually changed. While MacGregor, the owner and chief fishmonger of The Lobster Place, still lives in the house he grew up in with his wife and two children, there are a few restaurants that have popped up. It's still a challenging task to find decent places to eat in Hamilton Heights, but here are some tips from MacGregor.
Anna Polonsky doesn't consider herself a pioneer. The U.S. Associate Director of Le Fooding remembers a time when she only went to Williamsburg to shop in thrift stories. But the hipster enclave has won her over—especially its food scene and the fact that "everyone here loves to eat or to be around food."