Restaurant renovations don't usually turn up fake Rolexes and boxes of bullets in the walls. But then again, most restaurants aren't living pieces of history like Caffe Dante. By combining distinctly Australian hospitality with an Italian sense of tradition, Dante's owner, Linden Pride, is redefining the legacy of this New York institution.
Mom's cooking is the gold standard for comfort food in any corner of the globe. Tuan Bui and Matt Le-Khac infuse the homey textures of Vietnamese street food with a happy hour ethos at their Lower East Side restaurant, An Choi.
The Lucky Bee is an institution in the making. The pan-asian restaurant in the LES is owned and operated by Matty B and Rupert Noffs, a chef-entrepreneur duo with a taste for bucking trends.
Don't get in a cook off with Derek Orrell. Or for that matter, a knife fight. This head chef is a sharp cookie who has no patience for dull knives, sloppy recipes, or the lazy life.