British-born chef April Bloomfield opened her first New York gastropub, The Spotted Pig, over a decade ago. After it became a Michelin-starred landmark, she went on to open a second gastropub, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar.
Recipe: On Moveable Feast (Season 2, Episode 8), April created this seasonal Minty Spring Vegetable Sauté from vegetables from a rooftop farm in Brooklyn.
With three restaurants to run, plus cookbook-writing and TV appearances, her free time is rare and precious. These are the places where she likes to enjoy it.
“I like to grab breakfast at Maialino—my usual is a latte and a brioche caramellato, which is like a sticky bun with lots of caramel. For a more leisurely brunch, I have dim sum at Jing Fong in Chinatown. Get there at 10:30, before the crowds arrive.
Keens Steakhouse (formerly Chophouse) is a quintessentially New York place. Get the mutton chop. It’s delicious. For a more relaxed dinner, I go to the bar at I Trulli, where I usually get a glass of wine and the rabbit ragù.
NoMad is really wonderful for cocktails. I stick to classics, like old fashioneds and Negronis. Of course, The John Dory Oyster Bar is also great for classic cocktails. (Had to get one of my own places in there.)”
Where to eat
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“The Brooklyn Kitchen has really good classes, ranging from basic to advanced. It’s got a great kitchen shop and is attached to Brooklyn Meat Hook, which is also a lovely butcher shop.”
“Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is nice. You get spectacular views, and it’s such an iconic place. I also love to wander around South Street Seaport. It’s got a totally different vibe than anywhere else, with lovely cobblestone streets. It’s like stepping back in time.”
Where to shop
“Brooklyn Flea has really good antiquey stuff, and then I can grab a snack at its food court, Smorgasburg 14. Dover Street Market is another place I like to window-shop—it’s got really high-end designer fashion and furnishings—with a café that’s lovely for a light salad.
Union Square Greenmarket has great fruits, vegetables, and fresh baked goods. Even when it’s grim in January and February, you can still go get a doughnut and some hot cider. For specialty spices, I pop over to Kalustyan’s on Lexington.”
Where to stay
“The Ace Hotel has a cool, casual vibe. It’s also home to The John Dory Oyster Bar and The Breslin, so you know the food is good. The Greenwich Hotel is lovely. It’s
- Maialino maialinonyc.com 212-777-2410 Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Ave.
- Jing Fongjingfongny.com 212-964-5256 20 Elizabeth St.
- I Trulliitrulli.com 212-481-7372 122 E. 27th St.
- Keens Steakhouse keens.com 212-947-3636 72 W. 36th St.
- NoMadthenomadhotel.com 212-796-1500 1170 Broadway
- The John Dory Oyster Barthejohndory.com 212-792-9000 1196 Broadway
- Brooklyn Fleabrooklynflea.com 50 Kent Ave., Brooklyn
- Dover Street Marketnewyork.doverstreetmarket.com 646-837-7750 160 Lexington Ave.
- Union Square Greenmarketgrownyc.org 212-788-7476 E. 17th St. and Union Square West
- Kalustyan’skalustyans.com 212-685-3451 123 Lexington Ave.
- Ace Hotel acehotel.com 212-679-2222 20 W. 29th St.
- The Greenwich Hotelthegreenwichhotel.com 212-941-8900 377 Greenwich St.
- Brooklyn Bridgenyc.gov
- South Street Seaportsouthstreetseaport.com
- The Brooklyn Kitchen thebrooklynkitchen.com 718-389-2982 100 Frost St., Brooklyn