Chefs don't mess around when it comes to eating out. Forget trendy nightspots and gimmicky cocktails; for gourmets like Ferran Adria and David Chang it's all about the food. The new guidebook Where Chefs Eat (Phaidon) also values substance over style. You won't find glamorous portraits or artfully composed food porn. Instead, the 663-page book lists over 2,000 recommendations from famous chefs, ranging from Chinese joints in Berlin to French bistros in Hong Kong. Here's a taste of where our favorite chefs like to chow down.
Ferran Adria (Barcelona)
The world's most acclaimed chef, formerly of the legendary El Bulli, likes to start his day at Pinotxo, a 14-seat restaurant in Barcelona's famed Boqueria market known for its breakfast tapas. Adria is also a regular at Dos Palillos Barcelona, which serves Asian cuisine with a Spanish flair, and when it's time to splurge he heads to Rias de Galicia for upscale seafood.
Eric Ripert (New York City)
Where does Eric Ripert go when he craves a croissant? New York's hippest brasserie, Balthazar, of course. Considering his restaurant, Le Bernardin, repeatedly earns three Michelin stars, it's no wonder he has a taste for the good stuff. His restaurants "worth traveling for" include Daniel Humm's seasonal masterpiece, Eleven Madison Park, Thomas Keller's Per Se, and Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro, one of the world's most revered sushi restaurants, featured in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Ricardo Zarate (Los Angeles)
The Lima-born chef behind L.A.'s smoking hot Mo-Chica loves to hit up Parks BBQ, arguably one of the best Korean BBQ joints in the city. When in London, the city he worked in before moving the United States, he goes to Zuma for sophisticated Japanese izakaya fare. In Peru, he opts for the ceviche at chef Rafael Osterling's trendy El Mercado.
Carlo Mirachi (New York City)
As fans of Brooklyn's rooftop-farm-to-table eatery Roberta's know, chef Carlo Mirachi loves to mix high- and low-brow concepts in his cooking. That would explain his love for both Tehuitzingo Mexican Deli, which serves delicious tacos from the back of a New York bodega, and Le Comptoir du Relais, where gourmands fight for the chance to indulge in one of Paris' most innovative prix fixe menus.
Gabrielle Hamilton (New York City)
Hamilton's Lower East Side restaurant Prune is a favorite hangout for many of New York's best chefs. When she wants to relax for a nice meal, however, she heads to Mario Batali's Otto Enoteca Pizzeria or chef Jonathan Waxman's Barbuto, two popular spots for casual Italian in the West Village. In San Francisco, she craves the rustic cooking at the James Beard award-winning Cotogna.
Fergus Henderson (London)
London's master of nose-to-tail cookery and chef behind St. John Bar and Restaurant is a big fan of the traditional British seafood at Sweetings. For cheap dumplings, it's all about Jade Garden, while he ends late nights with coffee among the beautiful people at Soho's Bar Italia.
René Redzepi (Copenhagen)
Is there a hotter chef than René Redzepi, the Danish mastermind behind Noma? When he's not blowing away critics he's starting his day with a cup of Copenhagen's best coffee at Coffee Collective or kicking it like it's 1877 at Restaurant Schnnemann. He, like many other serious chefs, loves the inventive tasting menu and natural wines at Le Chateaubriand in Paris.
David Chang (New York City)
The head of the ever-growing Momofuku empire spends big at Benu, the haute San Francisco restaurant run by French Laundry alum Corey Lee, but heads to the humble Great NY Noodletown when craving an affordable midnight snack. He lists Kajitsu, the seasonal, vegetarian kaiseki restaurant in New York's East Village, as the place he wishes he had opened.
Michael Tusk (San Francisco)
Michael Tusk elevated Italian fine dining in San Francisco in 2003 with Quince. At lunch, however, he likes to keep it relatively casual with a dry-aged, grass-fed burger from 4505 Meats. You can also find him at Bar Agricole, SoMa's design gem that's known as much for its industrial décor as for its eclectic California cuisine.
Yves Camdeborde (Paris)
As we already mentioned, Le Comptoir du Relais is the envy of chefs from around the world. At its helm is Yves Camdeborde. What impresses him? Funky, meat-centric bistro L'Ami Jean is the restaurant he wishes he had opened, while cozy wine shop/restaurant Les Papilles is where he goes to find a culinary bargain. Thoumieux, run by celebrity chef Thierry Costes, might be the only place in Paris as popular Camdeborde's own restaurant.
—Keith Wagstaff is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Follow him @kwagstaff.
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