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The NYC Top Chef dining guide

Published On 02/06/2014 Published On 02/06/2014

New York Top Chef New Orleans is over, and since your Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio Romance Fan Fiction group hasn't reconvened yet, you're looking for an in-the-meantime fix. Well, here you go: here're all the spots in NYC where you can score Top Chef eats.

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The Chef: Harold Dieterle
Season: 1
Place: Winner
On the Show: He never actually won an Elimination Challenge, only a bunch of Quick Fires; he just seemed like a pretty solid dude.

Andrew Zimmer

The Restaurants: Perilla and Kin Shop -- his first two spots -- are both Asian-influenced, with his third, The Marrow, taking its cues from each of the two sides of his family: one hailing from Germany, the other from Italy.

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The Move: The Marrow's duck schnitzel is one of the best schnitzels you'll ever eat, and their burger is totally legit as well.


The Chef: Ashley Merriman
Season: 6
Place: 10th
On the Show: She lost after picking Govind Armstrong's market bag and making grilled spot prawns with red beet crème fraîche sauce & gnocchi and kale... which sounds great to us.

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The Restaurant: She took over Head Chef-hat-wearing duties at Graydon Carter's fancily-appointed Waverly Inn in the West Village.

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The Move: You can't go wrong with their baller truffle mac 'n cheese, but if you're going with something a little more entree-y (WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?!?), then take down one of their monthly rotating homemade gnocchi (Oh. Cool.).


The Chef: Angelo Sosa
Seasons: 7 and 8
Place: Runner-Up and 7th
On the Show: Created the "best dish to be served at zero gravity"!!!....?

Andrew Zimmer

The Restaurant: Anejo Tequileria in Hell's Kitchen serves up a small plates, tacos, and ceviche alongside a dope list of agave spirits. Also: fancy lighting!


The Move: Get a flight of tequila and a bunch of the tacos & small plates, including the cocoa-braised short rib with Mexican spices and pineapple-chipotle guac with Cotija cheese.

The Chef: Dale Talde
Seasons: 4 and 8
Place: 6th and 6th
On the Show: He won a challenge with a tofu steak... and if you can make that taste good, you can make anything taste good. Also he hated lockers.

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The Restaurants: Dale's got a burgeoning Brooklyn empire in the works with Thistle Hill Tavern, Talde, and the roadhouse-inspired Pork Slope.

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The Move: If you can, plan yourself a mini-crawl that starts with brunch at Talde -- where you can score some excellent breakfast ramen or chicken & waffles or... both.

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The Chef: Leah Cohen
Season: 5
Place: 6th
On the Show: She was dating Hosea. Kinda.

Andrew Zimmer

The Restaurant: She's working up Filipino eats at fire-hot LES spot Pig & Khao on Clinton St.

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The Move: Sit in the back garden, let the beer flow, and grab some sizzling sisig or lamb neck with Massaman curry.

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The Chef: Lisa Fernandes
Season: 4
Place: Runner-Up
On the Show: Gave a lot of dirty looks.

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The Restaurant: It's actually a food truck -- the Sweet Chili Food Truck, to be exact, and they're serving up "Thaietnamese" food.

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The Move: Honey-chili pork with Sriracha and coconut candy. All day. Every day.

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The Chef: Hung Huynh
Season: 3
Place: Winner
On the Show: Refused to assist other chefs, but he won, so whatever.

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The Restaurants: He partnered with EMM group to open Catch in the Meatpacking, and The General on Bowery.

The Move: Ignore any and all prices you see, and just enjoy the scene and the killer fish dishes, like the excellent Cantonese lobster, or head to The G and do a whole Peking Duck.

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The Chef: Ed Cotton
Season: 7
Place: Runner-Up
On the Show: Had alligator for the first time on the show. What, have YOU had alligator?

Andrew Zimmer

The Restaurant: He's the newly appointed Chef at the wood oven-equipped/small plate-centric Sotto 13 in the Village.

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The Move: Really any of the pizza's, but don't sleep on the duck carbonara or the veal/pork/beef meatballs either, cause your pajamas will be super dirty.

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The Chef: Ash Fulk
Season: 6
Place: 9th
On the Show: He was convinced Padma hated him the whole time.

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The Restaurants: He was at Hill Country in Manhattan, but has recently shifted over to the brand-new Hill Country Market in Brooklyn.

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The Move: Moist brisket, and a lot of it. Or, if you're there on a Sunday, make sure to get down with the family-style Whole Hog Sunday Supper.

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The Chef: Patty Vega
Season: 11
Place: 12th
On the Show: Was eliminated after a challenge called "Jazz Hands", where they had to make a meal for a party hosted by Kermit Ruffins.

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The Restaurant: She's whipping up reimagined seafood dishes at Top Chef Masters alum David Burke's Fishtail on the Upper East Side.

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The Move: Every Sunday, they do the Lobster Louie, where you get three courses of lobster awesomeness. Or, just go with a great seafood entree like the Cod and Clams Casino.

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The Chefs: Jeff McInnis & Janine Booth
Seasons: 5 and 11
Place: 7th and 15th
On the Show: He was invited back after being cut, but didn't manage to capitalize -- and she's a total babe.

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The Restaurant: The upcoming Root and Bone is opening in Alphabet City, and focuses on Americana.

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The Move: Yet to be seen, but we caught Chef McInnis's fried chicken at a preview event... and it was killer.

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1. Perilla 9 Jones St, New York, NY 10014 (Greenwich Village)

Nestled in Greenwich Village, Perilla is a date-friendly, 65-seat bistro that serves "seasonal American" fare.

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2. The Marrow 99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

The Marrow's a West Village contemporary Italian-German resto serving up braised brisket "braciole" w/ Pecorino & red sauce and Germanic plates like pan-fried duck schnitzel w/ quark spaetzle & wolfberries.

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3. The Waverly Inn 16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Tucked into the ground floors of two adjoining townhouses, the Waverly Inn will make you feel like you’ve been invited to dine in a cozy, secret club. The menu features American classics alongside contemporary seasonal dishes, and even though the food is notable, the real reason you go to the Waverly Inn is for the scene. Co-owned by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, it's routinely packed with a mix of celebrities and the who's who of New York's social landscape. The main room's red booths, fireplaces, and low lighting make for a comfortable hangout, and the indoor/outdoor garden is a West Village gem.

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4. Añejo 668 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Offered in single glasses, flights, and carafes, Anejo's tequila is about five quality notches up from your college-era variant. You can pick from styles including blanco extra anejo, and sotol, a Northern Mexican version made from a plant known as "The Desert Spoon." Tapas like short rib tacos and a much-hailed guacamole trio, plus larger plates, like the signature octopus dish, served with black bread, chorizo cream, and squash confit, more than adequately sate all tequila-induced appetites.

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5. Thistle Hill Tavern 441 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

From an investor quartet whose past experiences include 'inoteca LES, Niagara Bar, and...NOFX (seriously, Fat Mike yo), THT's a vintagely cozy Euro-inspired pub sporting a mint-condition mahogany floor (discovered after ripping up a foot of concrete), exposed brick walls (discovered after ripping down a...faux brick wall), a bench from the Brooklyn courthouse, and an 80-year-old wooden bar hauled down from Springfield, MA that now sports a tap made from an antique fire extinguisher, dousing your burning inferno of sobriety.

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6. Talde 369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Talde showcases eponymous owner and chef Dale Talde's (of Top Chef fame) BBQ prowess in dishes like BBQ platters piled with brisket, pork shoulder, smoked bacon, shrimp, and black pepper-butter toast. Desserts swing weirdly awesome, from potato chip-crusted cookies with caramel ganache to a shaved ice sundae topped with Cap'n Crunch.

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7. Pork Slope 247 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This whiskey-centric bar in Park Slope serves classic all-American food like fried chicken sandwiches with iceburg lettuce and ranch, cheeseburgers on potato rolls, and baked mac & cheese. Inspired by the movie Road House, the space has a honky-tonk-meets-roadside diner vibe thanks to kitschy antiques collected by the bar's crew over the years. The kitchen closes at 2am daily, so it's great for any late-night greasy food cravings.

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8. Pig and Khao 68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen’s Filipino-Thai fusion restaurant on the Lower East Side is known just as much for its pork-centric menu as it is for its killer playlists. Pig and Khao’s menu is divided between small and large plates, and with fatty but delicious dishes like the Sizzling Sisig (cubed, salty nibs of pork head topped with a whole egg), you might want to consult your cardiologist before making your way to the narrow Clinton Street spot. A perpetually sick R&B playlist acts as a soundtrack to your meal, while drinks like the Bangkok Fire from the rye-focused menu complement it. Why quit while you’re ahead? End the caloric night right with Halo-Halo, a crowd-favorite dessert comprised of shaved ice, leche flan, ube ice cream, and toasted Filipino sweet rice.

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9. Catch 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Catch 'em if you can (sorry, we had to). Catch has got fresh seafood, stellar cocktails, and just about the liveliest group of Midtowners you've ever seen in the WV.

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10. The General 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The General's a modern Asian resto in the LES that's the brainchild of the EMM Group and Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, serving up classics like beef & broccoli but with a serious twist (braised short rib served alongside Chinese broccoli and thick udon noodles). For breakfast or dessert, give their Fruity Pebbles or Green Tea Donuts a try. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "Lady with a Dagger" or a Bombay Sapphire "The Doc" for $12.

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11. Sotto 13 140 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Sotto 13 is a "social Italian" spot with a date-worthy bar up front, and a split-level dining room featuring wrought iron caging and a skylight. The pizza is cooked in their wood-fired oven which yields a thin crust, meaning you can order various pizzas and not explode!

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12. Hill Country 30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

This gigantic, high-design roadhouse is modeled after Texas' 107-year-old Kreuz Market -- like at that institution, HC patrons'll order heaping piles of ribs, brisket, sausage, and slop-sopping white bread at a cafeteria-style counter. Their brisket is smoked over post oak straight from Texas, producing a meat so fatty and moist you don't even need sauce. There's a stage for live music, and once that gets going you'll be as close to Central Texas as you can get in, er, the Flatiron District.

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13. Hill Country Barbecue Market 345 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

A sister spot to the chicken behemoth in Manhattan and around the corner, the bros behind HCC're channeling a grandma's soul (cooking) with this bi-level counter-service joint, designing the upstairs as a '50s style "grandma's dream kitchen". The BBQ is seriously something to write home about.

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14. Fishtail by David Burke 135 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

This UES seafoodery hails from David Burke genius-territory, and's got amazing dishes (try the lobster dumplings).



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