Marcus Samuelsson's Favorite NYC Eats

The celebrity chef reveals his local haunts
November 2, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Marcus Samuelsson is the king of Harlem, but he also has been a chef in NYC for 22 years, so he's certainly made the rounds at restaurants all over the city. Here's where the celebrity chef eats around town on his rare nights off.

Estela
NoLita · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

You “can’t go wrong” at this NoLita “hot spot” from Ignacio Mattos, where the “beautifully executed” American menu includes “highly original” Med-influenced share plates; the “small” , “loud” space is “less than thrilling” and bills do “run up” , but scoring reservations is still a “challenge.”
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Ramen · East Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

“Noodle bliss” awaits at this “lively” East Village American where “master” chef David Chang offers specialties like his “hallmark pork buns” and “complex” ramen bowls; “crammed” quarters and “long waits” detract, but the payoff is “awesome” eating “without breaking the bank.”
Roberta's
Pizza · Bushwick · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Legendary" by now, this this “hipster-chic” Bushwick destination is a “real standout” thanks to “expertly crafted” pizzas (try the “out-of-this-world” bee sting) and “equally amazing” Italian dishes, enhanced by homegrown produce; perpetual “crowds” make for “massive” waits, but once you're in it's “loads of fun.”
Le Bernardin
West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”