The World’s Top Chefs Share Their Favorite NYC Spots

Crispy octopus via Cosme NYC
Crispy octopus via Cosme NYC

The restaurant world came together in New York City on June 13th in hopes to get a coveted spot on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. While only three New York restaurants made the list, chefs from every corner of the globe shared their love for the culinary capital. Massimo Bottura from the world’s best restaurant Osteria Francescana, and chefs from another 14 of the best restaurants in the world exposed their favorite New York City eats to Town & Country Mag.

Blue Hill Farm
Blue Hill Farm

Pierre Hermé, Paris, 2016 World’s Best Pastry Chef Award
“I had a very good dessert at Le Bernardin with strawberries and rhubarb.”

Rasmus Kofoed, Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark, No. 28
“Chocolate mousse with foamy caramel and sea salt at Le Bernardin.”

Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York, USA, No. 24
“Hot dog, come on!”

Neil Perry, Rockpool Bar and Grill, Melbourne, Australia
“I went down to David Chang’s Fuku and had the chicken sandwich, and I actually rate it. The seasoning on the crispy skin was really good. Full-flavored, salt, chili herbs, spices—sophisticated fried chicken.”

Heston Blumenthal, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, No. 45
“Probably Eleven Madison Park. We went a couple of nights ago and had the most brilliant dinner, like asparagus cooked in a pig’s bladder with truffle emulsion, and that was pretty damn good.”

Ben Shewry, Attica, Melbourne, Australia, No. 33
“Eleven Madison Park is insane, amazing food and service. And we also went to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. To see the process from seed to plate, I was really blown away by that. Magnus Nilsson and I had lunch today at Peter Luger in Brooklyn. I had a burger; that              was fun.”

Dan Barber, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA, No. 48
“Just last week, my daughter who’s three years old cracked an egg and scrambled it for me. I mean, what’s a better bite than that?”

Alain Passard, L’Arpege, Paris, France, 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
“All of the things. New York is the best place in the world,” he who rarely leaves his restaurant kitchen (even to accept awards) said.

Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis, Johnny Smith, The Clove Club, London, UK, No. 26
DW: “Halal Guys last night.” [laughs]

IM: “Cosme, today, Enrique Olvera’s place, was amazing. My favorite dish was the branzino.”

DW: “Do you know what, I had an amazing $3 slice of pizza near Broadway, very, very New York.”

JS: “I’ve yet to have mine, but recommended by Will Guidara [of Eleven Madison Park] is Katz’s Deli. Thanks, Will.”

Jordi Roca, one of three Roca brothers, El Cellar De Can Roca, Girona, Spain, No. 2

“The Cronut, by Dominique Ansel.

Massimo Bottura (above), Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy, No. 1
“When I go to all my friends, David Chang, Daniel Humm, Daniel [Boulud], Enrique Olvera of Cosme, those people they cook for me as my mom was cooking for me, but as friends.”

Fried Chicken Sandwich via Fuku
Fried Chicken Sandwich via Fuku

Quotes from Leiti Hsu’s post on Town & Country Mag.