It's clear why Gabriel Stulman taken the West Village restaurant scene by storm in the past few years, with five locations on his list of successes and one more in the works. He chatted with us about his take on hospitality, the role of family in his restaurants, and why he's excited to be getting a little older.
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Known for its aggressive community boards as much as for its bevy of iconic New York dining institutions, Manhattan's West Village caters to palates and pocketbooks of every denomination. While its status as a safe haven for creative and alternative lifestyles is on the wane, the neighborhood remains one of the best areas on the island for the nocturnally hungry to snag a midnight snack.
As we've surely all learned by now, applying generous amounts of oil and salt to vegetables is
usually always a good call. At Fedora they do plenty of that.
Meatball Madness was a hot ticket at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival, as evidenced by the sold-out tickets and by the long line stretching far down Mercer Street. We understand; after all, who doesn't love meatballs? Particularly when they're being made by New York's hottest chefs. With our discerning meatball palates on high alert, we wove our way through the crowd of food-lovers and Food Network lovers alike (Giada De Laurentiis was the evening's host, and Guy Fieri made an appearance), sampling all sorts of meat- (and meatless!) balls.
Take a restaurateur with an amazing West Village track record; give him a historical neighborhood restaurant; toss in a chef from Au Pied de Cochon, an ambitious drink menu, and a whole lot of animal parts. What you get is Fedora—and we're pretty darn happy with it.