New York, New York! Have you tasted the Big Apple lately? In such a cosmopolitan city, it’s no wonder that it's home to some of the most famous and unique chefs and their restaurants. From Matzo Ball Soup to sustainably raised Blue Fin Tuna, there are legions of culinary masterpieces to sample and environments to experience. In the city that doesn’t sleep, where do you start? Here is a list of 7 chefs and 7 of their magnificent New York establishments to explore:
Chef #1 - Lidia Bastianich
Restaurant - Felidia
In the mood for Italian?Felidia is cited by many as the best Italian restaurant in New York. And who else but Lidia Bastianich could be the recipient of such lofty praise for Italian cuisine? Bastianich is a household name, having graced the airways for almost two decades with her fantastic and educational cookery shows. When you're next in Manhattan, drop by Felidia and experience a little bit of Italy.
Chef #2 - Cesare Casella
Restaurant - Salumeria Rosi
If you're in the Upper Westside and hankering for a sandwich, drop into Salumeria Rosi salami shop. If you would rather have a master chef prepare your meal, walk to the other end of Salumeria Rosi and experience the genius of Cesare Casella. His genre of food is an innovative take on Italian cuisine that he likes to call “Tuscan cowboy cooking”. You've never tasted salami until you visit Salumeria Rosi!
Chef #3 - Marcus Samuelsson
Restaurant - Red Rooster
African-American food, now that’s a thought. Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is in the heart of Harlem. Where else would you find the best soul food? Having received a 3-Star rating from the New York Times at only 24, Samuelsson has never looked back, creating several top restaurants. Drop in to the Red Rooster and enjoy some “Mac and Greens” or some “Harlem Chowder” to begin to experience the full range of soul food.
Chef #4 - Wylie Dufresne
Restaurant - wd~50
No list of top New York Chefs is complete without Wylie Dufresne and his brainchild, wd~50. Dufresne is the mad scientist of the food world. Molecular gastronomy is the science and art of studying and using the natural chemical and physical transformations that take place when different ingredients are combined to create unique foods. Dufresne has built his entire menu and business on the science of food. The most exciting aspect of his outfit is that the menu is always changing!
Chef #5 - Eric Ripert
Restaurant - Le Bernardin
Le Bernardin is where you go to experience the taste of the seas. Ripert is known as the master of seafood and he cooks it with the utmost French flair, so much so that Le Bernardin has been voted one of the top 25 restaurants in the world Have you ever had “sustainably raised blue fin tuna” or “chocolate dusted with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil”? The king of the seas is calling your name.
Chef #6 - Mario Batali
Restaurant - Lupa
Mario Batali has many restaurants the world over. Batali is known for many achievements but he is defined by his attention to detail in creating fine cuisine and a great ambiance. When was the last time you had Roman food? Lupa is the place to savour a taste of Italy's romantic capital.
Chef #7 - Gabrielle Hamilton
Restaurant - Prune
Our list of top New York chefs wraps with the creative style of Gabrielle Hamilton. Head over to the East Village and visit Hamilton’s Prune. Prune’s menu continually evolves as Hamilton continues her quest for culinary masterpieces.