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."
Running a business, big or small, is no easy task in New York. Chef Sandy Dee Hall, who opened Black Tree Sandwich Shop on the Lower East Side with co-owner Macnair Sillick earlier this year, would know. He places a premium on local ingredients for all the sandwiches, not exactly a cost-saving measure. But Hall says living in Crown Heights, where many apartments are still reasonably priced, helps. It's an area that's also seen a growth in restaurants. Hall shares his favorites with us this week.
Although Joe Dobias lives in the West Village, where there are plenty of trendy restaurants, the chef is all about mom-and-pop places. He and his wife, Jill, who live next to Carbone, spend most of their time at their latest restaurant Joe and Misses Doe, but they still make it to some of their favorites in the Village. While the chef, who's far from shy from expressing his opinion, says that smaller restaurants are less common these days, there are plenty of good ones mixed with others that have been around forever. Here are some of this favorites.
Brandon Kida, the chef de cuisine at the newly-opened restaurant Clement in The Peninsula hotel, isn't at home in Hell's Kitchen much these days. Like many other chefs, he can easily put in long hours seven days a week. But when he is home, there are plenty of spots to dine at within steps of his apartment. With the opening of Gotham West and the existing ramen joints, Kida says his neighborhood's culinary offering has changed a lot in recent years. He spoke with us about his favorites.
As the head chef of The Sea Grill, Yuhi Fujinaga spends his day cooking up carefully plated renditions of everything from lobster carpaccio to Montauk striped bass atop edamame purée. So when he's home in Long Island City, where's lived the past year with his wife and daughter, he likes to keep it very simple.
A Louisiana native, John Besh has made a name for himself as a successful chef, but he's also been a steadfast champion of New Orleans. Besh will be in New York this weekend for the New York City Wine and Food Festival, so we asked him to give us a rundown of his favorite spots in the Big Easy.
The host of My Grandmother's Ravioli shares his neighborhood favorites.
While Pat LaFrieda's name has become synonymous with steaks and burgers in many top restaurants across the country, the family's business started in the West Village long before the neighborhood became gentrified. Here are his favorite places to eat and drink the the area.
Chris Cipollone was lured to Midtown East six years ago when he found himself a rent-stabilized apartment. The food options around him? Not so much. But the chef of the recently-opened Piora in the West Village says the neighborhood is constantly changing. Here are his favorite eats for Midtown East.
Master baker Jim Lahey describes Hell's Kitchen as the "last vestige of unpretentious, gritty New York." And while there are countless restaurants, he considers any place "even semi-edible in the neighborhood is a godsend." Here are his favorites.
Laurent Kalkotour's culinary career has had him crisscrossing New York working for the likes of Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse. But since 2005 this French-trained chef from Aix en Provence has called the small enclave of Middle Village, Queens, home. Here's where he goes to eat in and around the neighborhood.
Cafe Boulud's sommelier shares his favorite neighborhood spots in Downtown Brooklyn and beyond.
Chef Nick Subic of King Noodle shares his Bushwick favorites from slices to breakfast and his favorite dive bar.
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.