Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #431
Gramercy Neighbor Phil Suarez's ABC Kitchen featured in NY Times
Our wonderful friend, highly acclaimed restaurateur Phil Suarez, described as "an icon in the world of New York City fine dining and one of its most accomplished leaders," continues to make headlines.
His ABC Kitchen (James Beard Foundation's "Best New Restaurant" in 2011) and its Executive Chef Dan Kluger (Food & Wine's "Best New Chef" of 2012) are the major focus of an article that appears in the Dining & Wine section of today's New York Times titled "Ladies Who Power Lunch."
According to the NY Times, "If there's a single reason ABC has become the crown jewel of the female power-lunch scene, it's that Mr. Kluger, the chef, is something of a wizard when it comes to the balance between premium lightness and stealth indulgence."
At ABC Kitchen, Satya Twena, center, a hat designer, with her employees at discoverpique.com, Valeria Segal, left, and Alex McLean. More Photos
By JEFF GORDINIER
Published: September 3, 2013
If Tom Wolfe were to write a novel about power, style and status in New York City at this moment in the 21st century, there is one restaurant dish he might have to build a whole scene around, to convey the right tang of anthropological exactitude.
It's the roasted carrot and avocado salad at ABC Kitchen, with its beguiling layers of spices, sprinkled seeds and crème fraîche. It's a virtuously healthful dish, even though it tastes luxurious, and Tina Bhojwani has devoured it during more business lunches than she can count.
"It's my favorite," said Ms. Bhojwani, an executive who oversees international development for the clothing brand Theory. "I always eat that."
A salad may seem modest, but that dish (and its cult following among trend-attuned New Yorkers like Ms. Bhojwani) is emblematic of a shift in the way that women participate in the crucial information-gathering and idea-generating ritual known as lunch. Wander into ABC Kitchen on any given weekday and the nature of that transformation will be abundantly clear: There's a new generation of power-lunch spots in downtown Manhattan, and women are the most devoted regulars.