Chef Peel (of Grand Central Market’s Bombo) was lovely enough to take a hot minute from his ludicrous schedule to sit with us and share the food he loves and eats around the city. I will say, anyone who has this amount of passion for cheese puffs, is O.K. in my book.
Sal Marino, currently at Marino, is one of the best, unsung LA chefs! His crudo at the late, great Il Grano, was first in its class and in a league of its own. His secret is that he was and is the first one at the fish market in the wee hours of the AM and will settle for nothing less than the freshest, most perfect fish and seafood for his delicious crudo.
I was so sad to see Maison Du Pain close! It was the closest thing that we had to an authentic Parisian pâtisserie. The double baked, almond crème croissants were to die for with their featherweight sheets of delicate, buttery, flaky puff pastry and delicious almond crème. Best eaten warm, straight from the bag.
Once this dish hits the table, it is every man for himself! These cheese puffs are addicting. Baked to order with a perfect crispy shell, a chewy, cheesy interior, and an irresistible dipping sauce. I dare you to refrain from ordering a second and third plate for the table.
These gnocchi are larger than most, but still maintain a wonderful, light, ethereal quality. Just heaven! They are served in a delicious brown butter, sage sauce and come out perfectly glazed. Share an order of these beauties and then share an entrée.
This sandwich is a classic combination of flavors, but the horseradish and caraway and sea salt bun. It’s the perfect size too, not too big. Get the curly fries too.
I love to grab Wexler’s pastrami breakfast sandwich before opening Bombo at Grand Central Market. Their house made pastrami is competitive with Langers! For the breakfast sandwich it’s diced up and makes this bagel pop. Best to get there early as they can sell out of pastrami.
Not only is this dish beautiful and fun to eat, but it’s a creative and healthy way to get your kids to eat their veggies. My kids absolutely love it! Great to have at a cocktail party too. Guests. create our own eclectic versions of vegetables and beef wrapped in thin, green crepes.
I took my wife, Daphne, here on our first date so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Taylor’s is a classic, unpretentious steakhouse, with cold martinis, red booths and no nonsense servers. Their Culotte steak is always perfectly cooked, packed with flavor and just the right texture that I look for in a good steak. Can’t be beat for date night.
The juxtaposition of super rich short ribs, with good-for-you Kale, caramelized onions potatoes and just-right sunny side eggs, make this one of my favorite brunch dishes. Nice on the weekend to sit out on the pretty patio and guard from too many forks coming towards my dish.
(Grand Central Market)