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Chinese / Dim Sum



Chef Cesare Casella was born in Lucca, Italy and moved to New York in the early 1990‘s. When he’s in the mood for a taste of the homeland, he eats at Manducatis in Long Island City.

    Long Island City

    13-27 Jackson Avenue, Queens, NY 11101

    T: 718.729.4602

    Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm; 5pm - 10pm

    Sat: 5pm - 11pm

    Sun: 2:30pm - 8pm

World Tong Seafood Restaurant

Chinese dim sum master chef Joe Ng picks World Tong when he wants the real deal. It also happens to be the restaurant where he learned much of what he now knows about dim sum.


    6202 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204

    T: 718.236.8118

    Daily, 8am - 11pm



First-generation American chef George Mendes’ was born to Portuguese parents and

cooks modern Portuguese cuisine at Aldea. But for authentic cuisine, he goes to Seabra’s Marisqueira for the shellfish dishes, particularly a shrimp and mussel rice dish, called a Mariscada.


    87 Madison Street, Newark, NJ 07105

    T: 973.465.1250

    Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 4pm

    Sun - Mon: 5:30pm - 11pm

    Tue - Sat: 5:30pm - 12am

    Sat - Sun: 11am - 4pm


Where Chefs Eat Around New York, When They Can’t Go Home


Queen Of Sheba

Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and is married to Ethiopian model Maya Haile. His choice for a taste of home is Queen of Sheba. He orders the kitfo, because it reminds him of visiting his wife's home village.

    Midtown West

    650 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    T: 212.397.0610

    Mon - Thu: 11am - 11:30pm

    Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 12am

Purple Yam

Native New Yorker chef King Phojanakong attributes his early culinary influences to his Filipino mother and Thai father. For authentic Filipino classics, like chicken adobo and pancit bihon, he likes Purple Yam. He also recommends their house spring rolls, beef tapa salad with watermelon and the brazino sinigang. Singagang is a soup made sour by using guava or tamarind. King says “the flavors are bright and well balanced.”

    Ditmas Park

    1314 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226

   T: 718.940.8188

    Mon - Fr: 5:30pm - 10:30 pm

    Sat - Sun: 11am - 3:30pm

    Sat: 5:30pm - 11pm

    Sun: 5:30pm - 10pm

Tiffin Wallah

Indian chef Jehangir Mehta prefers South Indian food over North Indian for a quick meal. He heads to Tiffin Wallah for a rava dosa.

    Murray Hill

    127 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016

    T: 212.685.7301


Kyo Ya’s chef Chikara Sono moved to New York from Hokkaido in Sapporo, which is know for simple cooking with great ingredients. For traditional Japanese cooking, he picks Donguri because he “respects the skill and technique of chef Hitoshi Kagawa.”

    Upper East Side

    309 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028

    T: 212.737.5656

    Tue - Sun: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Jang Tuh Sutbulgui

Born in Seoul, The Good Fork’s Sohui Kim moved to the United States when she was ten years old. She loves Korean street food and heads to Flushing, Queens for her Korean BBQ fix.

    Flushing / Queens

    13693 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354

    T: 718.359.1227


Chef Jesus Nunez brought his version of modern Spanish cuisine from Madrid to the Upper West Side. He thinks the Txipiron Encebollado (squid ribbons) are very good at Txikito.


    240 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    T: 212.242.4730

    Tue - Fri: 12pm - 3pm

    Tue - Thu: 5pm - 12am

    Fri - Sat: 5pm - 1am

    Sun: 5pm - 11pm

Photograph courtesy of Purple Yam






Middle Eastern


Israeli-born chef/turned master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz (La Boîte À Epice) loves the food that chef Effi Naon makes at Barbounia. “He is a true master of authentic Israeli cuisine.”

    Park Avenue South

    250 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003

    T: 212.995.0242 (make a reservation)