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NYC Chefs Launch Charitable Cookbook to Support Local Restaurants

And the first 100 to buy it can get a private cooking class with Jean-Georges Vongerichten over Zoom.


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From Michelin-starred eateries pivoting to offer takeout to chefs transforming their restaurant spaces into community kitchens, New York's restaurateurs have proven their creativity and tenacity over the past few weeks, continually finding new ways to help us support local restaurants and their staff during the pandemic.

And now some of New York's finest chefs teamed up to create an e-cookbook featuring over 45 pantry-friendly recipes for people at home in support of Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants, or ROAR.

The book, Serving New York: For All The People Who Make NYC Dining Unforgettable is by author Kristin Tice Studeman who gathered food and drink recipes by everyone from Momofuku to Llama Inn, Niche Niche to the Global Dining Collection chefs at Charlie Bird, and Cote. Many of these recipes were developed exclusively for the book while the chefs have been in self-isolation.

It's a way to bring your favorite restaurant home. "Although the doors of these restaurants are closed right now, the spirit of each and every one of them is alive and well in the pages of the book," explained Tice Studeman. Each recipe is more tantalizing than the next, from Momofuku's Kimchi Stew to Hart's Olive Oil Cake and Gramercy Tavern's Bacon Cheddar Biscuits.

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"NYC restaurants are the lifeblood and the backbone of our vibrant, diverse, exciting metropolis. But right now, their future looks uncertain," the book's blurb explains. "That’s why this book exists: to support New York City’s finest restaurants and their hard-working teams through one of the most powerful, most unifying languages on Earth: recipes."

One hundred percent of sales from the book will support ROAR and Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund, which provides cash assistance to restaurant workers in New York.

"The best part about this whole experience is all of the people who reached out (most of whom I didn't even know) to get involved, like the talented Bryan Fountain who is designing the book," Tice Studeman told Departures. "So many people have helped out with the book pro bono and it's been truly incredible to see it all come together."

What's more, the first 100 people to buy the book will be getting a private Zoom cooking class in the coming weeks with chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who'll be cooking his recipe from the book with some surprise guests.

Ready for some kitchen inspiration? Serving New York: For All The People Who Make NYC Dining Unforgettable is currently on pre-sale and will be available mid-May at


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