If you are serious about food then Chefs Club New York is going to be hard to beat. Each year four cooks from Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs list will be chosen to take up residence in the Nolita venue’s kitchen; the focus will be on chefs from across the country who New Yorkers wouldn’t normally have access to. Executive chef Didier Elena will be running the show, with guests such as Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Portland), Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta), Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder) and Erik Anderson (Brut, Minneapolis) scheduled to participate.
The restaurant has been designed by the Rockwell Group with the intention of bringing diners and chefs closer together, and to that end the concept of an open kitchen has been advanced to remove the walls separating the cooking area from the dining space entirely. As well as a great view of the action, patrons at Chefs Club are in for a feast of interior design from Rockwell and Murray Moss, who is responsible for curating the artwork and creating some of the features (the hanging salt rock vitrine, for example, and a wall of sketches from a Central Park portrait artist announcing the guest chefs). Bespoke tables adapt cleverly to the layout, and there’s some beautiful vintage brass lighting that epitomises an overall mood of New York’s quintessential glamour butting heads with some overtly contemporary elements.