The restaurateur and Top Chef alum names his favorite West Village spots.
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Since his turn on Top Chef (he was one of the better-liked contestants in memory), Harold Dieterle has earned a reputation as one of New York’s most popular restaurateurs, first with Perilla, then Kin Shop, and most recently with The Marrow—all of which are in or near the West Village, where Dieterle lives. “There’s a real sense of community here, and a huge range of restaurants and nightlife,” he says about why he loves the neighborhood.
The Marrow is the most personal of Dieterle’s three spots. The menu is half Italian and half German dishes, reflecting the chef’s family heritage. The Italian portion (titled Chiarelli, after his mother’s maiden name) features a hearty braciole served with polenta, escarole, pecorino, and red sauce; on the German side is a pan-fried duck schnitzel with quark spaetzle, hazelnuts, cucumber-potato salad, and stewed wolfberries.
We decided to get a bit more personal with the chef to find out his favorite hangouts in the neighborhood. Tell him we said hi.
Late-night eating and drinking
I’ve got a few haunts, but The Four-Faced Liar (165 West 4th Street, 212.206.8959) and Daddy-O (44 Bedford Street, 212.414.8884) come to mind.
A cup of coffee Jack’s. It’s right near where I live, and they make a good cup of coffee. 138 West 10th Street, 212.929.0821
Takeout Grand Sichuan (15 Seventh Avenue South, 212.645.0222) or, farther uptown, Legend (88 Seventh Avenue, 212.929.1778) for Szechuan food.
Specialty foods Faicco’s is a great old-school Italian deli and butcher that I love. 260 Bleecker Street, 212.243.1974
Probably Broadway Panhandler. They always have what I need in a pinch. 65 East Eighth Street, 212.966.3434
Work meetings or appointments
Spots near the restaurants: French Roast (78 West 11th Street, 212.533.2233) near Kin Shop; and Tertulia (359 Sixth Avenue, 646.559.9909) near Perilla. Also, Dell’Anima (38 Eighth Avenue, 212.366.6633), L’Artusi (228 West 10th Street, 212.255.5757), Anfora (34 Eighth Avenue, 212.518.2722), and The Little Owl (90 Bedford Street, 212.741.4695) are places I like to hold a meeting at lunch and then visit for dinner on my own, when I have some free time.
It’s hard to pick just one place, so I’d probably say spicy foods at Legend (88 Seventh Avenue, 212.929.1778); pizza at Keste, if the line isn’t too long (271 Bleecker Street, 212.243.1500); or Burger & Barrel’s classic burger (25 West Houston Street, 212.334.7320).