Our Chef’s New England Culinary Picks

Where to dine when sailing in New England? We sat down with one of our Chef Instructors from The Culinary Center, Annie B. Copps, to discover the best spots to enjoy the culinary scene in the region. A proud Boston native, Chef Annie studied under Jacques Pépin at Boston University and has worked amongst such Boston culinary elite as Julia Childs and Todd English.

Always ready with a restaurant recommendation, Chef Annie shares her top choices in New York, Newport and Boston below.

New York

Bar Americain
This is Bobby Flay’s rock solid ode to French cuisine. He’s known as the grill master, but the food here is a wonderful blend of American and French classics that go well together. Reasonably priced, and great for lunch or dinner.

Marea
Right on Central Park, stunning contemporary Italian dishes, and Michelin-starred – what more can you ask for?

Le Bernardin
Chef Eric Ripert and his team consistently amaze with a stellar seafood menu and extraordinarily good service. A mecca for restaurant enthusiasts – this is how it should be done.

 

Newport

La Forge Casino Restaurant
Open since 1880, they offer an expanded pub-style menu that has something for everyone and it’s fun to look out at the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Revolving Door
This small spot on lower Thames Street gets its name from the fact that chef Josh Berman welcomes guest chefs in for 3- or 4-month stints in his kitchen. Chef Berman’s menu is a well-crafted, globe-trotting experience but it’s always fun to see who and what revolves through his kitchen door.

Forty 1° North
This excellent restaurant offers a stellar view of the Newport Marina. Chef Terrence Feury has a keen eye on seafood, but he knows how to keep landlubbers happy, too.

Boston

Row 34
The gang behind this great seafood restaurant owns Island Creek Oyster Farm just south of the city – they know what they’re doing and they serve their own oysters, as well as those of the neighbors to the north and south.

Mamma Maria
If it’s an Italian experience you crave, the North End is a neighborhood teeming with Italian restaurants, markets, coffee, and pastry shops. It’s hard to find a bad place to eat, but this is one of my favorites. Don’t let the homey name fool you, this is seriously good Italian food with sophisticated renditions of classic and contemporary dishes.

Chinatown
On the edge of the financial district sits the thriving neighborhood of Chinatown, which has been serving all sorts of Asian cuisine for decades. Most get no points for decor and ambiance, but it’s hard to find a bad meal. Standouts include Taiwan Cafe, Winsor Dim Sum Cafe, and Kaze Shabu Shabu.

As you might imagine, the list of Chef Annie’s favorites is much longer than this. Keep an eye out for part two, where we’ll share more of the restaurants and markets that made her cut.