The NYC Top Chef dining guide
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.
The Chef: Harold Dieterle
On the Show: He never actually won an Elimination Challenge, only a bunch of Quick Fires; he just seemed like a pretty solid dude.
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.
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
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.
The Restaurant: She took over Head Chef-hat-wearing duties at Graydon Carter's fancily-appointed Waverly Inn in the West Village.
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"!!!....?
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.
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.
The Chef: Leah Cohen
On the Show: She was dating Hosea. Kinda.
The Restaurant: She's working up Filipino eats at fire-hot LES spot Pig & Khao on Clinton St.
The Move: Sit in the back garden, let the beer flow, and grab some sizzling sisig or lamb neck with Massaman curry.
The Chef: Lisa Fernandes
On the Show: Gave a lot of dirty looks.
The Restaurant: It's actually a food truck -- the Sweet Chili Food Truck, to be exact, and they're serving up "Thaietnamese" food.
The Move: Honey-chili pork with Sriracha and coconut candy. All day. Every day.
The Chef: Hung Huynh
On the Show: Refused to assist other chefs, but he won, so whatever.
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.
The Chef: Ed Cotton
On the Show: Had alligator for the first time on the show. What, have YOU had alligator?
The Restaurant: He's the newly appointed Chef at the wood oven-equipped/small plate-centric Sotto 13 in the Village.
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.
The Chef: Ash Fulk
On the Show: He was convinced Padma hated him the whole time.
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.
The Chef: Patty Vega
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.
The Restaurant: She's whipping up reimagined seafood dishes at Top Chef Masters alum David Burke's Fishtail on the Upper East Side.
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.
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.
The Restaurant: The upcoming Root and Bone is opening in Alphabet City, and focuses on Americana.
The Move: Yet to be seen, but we caught Chef McInnis's fried chicken at a preview event... and it was killer.