New York City has so much to experience. But one thing it never runs out of is the celebrity and award-winning chefs. So whether you want to taste the local cooking custom or are in the mood to feast on some foreign cuisine, you will mostly find it at any corner of the city.
Mario Batali or Daniel Boulud are some names you will occasionally hear in the cooking scene in NYC. In addition, other restaurants run by not-so-famous chefs can still satisfy your stomach just the same. I have gathered five of the best chefs in NYC so that you don’t have to go for lengthy searches.
Daniel Boulud- French Superstar
Daniel Boulud’s place of origin is France. Yet, his presence and influence are more on NYC. He arrived here in 1982 and gradually shaped modern culinary art on the continent. His restaurants can be found all over the US, including
But no matter wherever he goes or which of his restaurants he is in, he retains his French custom. His signature restaurant is Daniel, boosting one of the most lavish interiors you will see in an eatery.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, he opened the Daniel Boulud Kitchen, which delivers dishes, and now it is a famous brand.
Restaurants in NYC-
Naming all the restaurants owned by Daniel Boulud will take some time. So, I am only mentioning the seven he has in NYC-
- Daniel (Two Michelin Stars)
- Café Boulud (One Michelin Stars)
- Bistro Moderne
- Boulud Sud
- Bar Boulud
- Epicerie Boulud
- DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Awards and Accolades-
Again, Boulud has so many accolades to mention all here. Some of them are-
- ‘Best Restauranter in the World’ in 2021.
- The New York Times gave him a four-star rating.
- Boulud has a total of four Michelin Stars.
- Chef of the Year by Bon Appetit.
- Best Chef of New York by James Beard Foundation in 1992.
Marcus Samuelsson- Award Winning Chef and Cookbook Author
If you have been watching many popular culinary shows, like Top Chef Masters, Chopped, or The Taste, you probably have already seen or heard of Marcus Samuelsson. As a Swedish-American chef, you can find Swedish, Japanese, and African cuisines in his dishes. In addition, he is a cookbook author, host of many TV shows, and has multiple restaurants.
Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia, and it was his maternal grandmother who got him interested in cooking. Before his own eateries, he worked in restaurants in Switzerland, Austria, and the US.
Restaurants to Visit-
The iconic restaurant of Marcus Samuelsson is Red Rooster, nestled in Harlem, New York. Meanwhile, Ginny’s is an excellent place for weddings, birthdays, or such parties and events.
His other places are American Table Café and Bar in Lincoln Center and Uptown Brasserie in JFK Airport. Obviously, he has other eateries like Street Bird, Marcus B & P, Marcus Montreal, etc.
- Marcus Samuelsson has received the ‘Best Chef: New York City’ from James Beard Foundation.
- The New York Times gave his restaurant a three-star rating. He is the youngest to get this rating in the city.
The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa (Winner of the ‘Best International Cookbook’ award from the James Beard Foundation).
Jean-Georges Vongerichten- Creator of Breathtaking Food
If you are ever craving some French dining, delay not, and visit the Jean-Georges restaurant owned by the Vongerichten. He is French with a family that used to feed 50 employees of his family business. He finished his apprenticeship under Paul Haeberlin and worked with Paul Bocuse and Louis Outhier, all prominent name chefs.
He already had around 10 restaurants when he moved to America. His first eatery in the USA was the Le Marquis de Lafayette in Boston.
Vongerichten owns many restaurants in different parts of the USA, including Las Vegas and Chicago. His outside restaurants are in Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, etc.
His restaurants to visit in NYC are Jojo, Jean-Geroge, Bridgehampton, Louis, and The Mark.
Awards and Honors-
- He got four stars from The New York Times.
- His restaurant, Jojo, got the Best New Restaurant of the Year Award. It also got three stars from the New York Times.
Cookbook I Recommend-
Masaharu Morimoto- The Original Iron Chef
Thanks to Masaharu Morimoto, you don’t need to worry much about savoring some Japanese delicacies. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Morimoto made a name for himself with his Kaiseki cuisine and Sushi restaurant in his birthplace (1980) way before he arrived in the USA. Later, he settled in NYC.
In the city, he worked as the executive chef of Sony Club and the head chef of Nobu. He later opened many restaurants of his own, including branches of Morimoto eatery in several parts of the world. Many people know him currently for his Iron Chef show appearance and call him the original Iron Chef.
After working at Nobu for a while, Morimoto opened his own restaurant, named Morimoto, in various places. You can find them in Chelsea, Philadelphia, New Delhi, Mumbai, Waikiki, Napa Valley, and Maui.
His other restaurants are Wasabi and Momosan.
Awards and Titles-
- Morimoto has the title of Iron Chef from both its Japanese and American shows.
- He got the Culinary Hall of Fame Induction Honor.
Tom Colicchio- The Owner of Craft and Wichcraft
Thomas Patric Colicchio is a celebrity chef that almost everyone in this career has heard about. He is a renowned judge at the Top Chef and Best New Restaurant. However, he is not just someone with a great palate. His culinary skills have earned him multiple James Beard Awards.
Colicchio completed his graduation from Elizabeth High School. He was a Sous chef at Rakel in his early career days. At the peak of his career, he had many TV shows and Podcast appearances, including his own podcast, ‘Citizen Chef’ on iHeartRadio. Perhaps, his fame also aided him in progressing his career and developing his diners.
Restaurants of Note-
Colicchio’s first restaurant in NYC was Gramercy Park. He owns many restaurants in Miami Beach, Atlanta, Dallas, Bridgehampton, San Francisco, Las Vegas, etc.
His NYC restaurants are Temple Court, Riverpark (My favorite), Craft, Vallata, and ‘Wichcraft, the last of which is a sandwich shop.
Awards and Achievements-
Tom Colicchio won five James Beard Foundation Awards, including one Outstanding Chef award.
Cookbook I Suggest-
Lucky for the residents of New York City, as it seems to be a celebrity chef-magnet. And most of them got famous primarily because of their wins and awards from different cooking competitions. Besides my list, there are also Eric Ripert, Mario Batali, and Danny Meyer that you should check out.
As a chef myself, I look at these people with great admiration and reverence. I believe they can pave the way for many future celebrities in one way or another.