Michael Chernow & Daniel Holzman

It’s nearly impossible to resist New York’s hottest new chefs, Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow. These two Meatballers have set the trend of renewing our favorite classics and have mastered the art of sauces. The two dish about their favorite New York food spots, and tricks to great tomato sauce…


Describe your ideal food day…

Well, I would start with a great baguette with butter and jam. Maybe an omelette and a nice salad for lunch. Then oysters for a snack in the afternoon. Grilled fish with lemon and olive oil with roast potatoes for dinner and ice cream for dessert.

What’s your drink?

I’m a fan of gin cocktails. Not too sweet though.

What would your last meal be?

Chicken parmesan with tomato sauce and cookies and creams ice cream for dessert. The way my pop would prepare it on weekends.

How do you start your day?

Emails, emails, emails, before I get out of bed. Then it’s a simple breakfast and a workout before I’m out the door for the first meeting of the day.

Favorite place to travel for food?


What ingredient do you consider overrated?

Szechuan peppercorns

What ingredient are you convinced makes everything better?

SALT!  (and I’m right)

Your afternoon snack…

If no oysters are available?

What’s always in your fridge?

Embarrassingly little…Lemons, limes, miso paste, butter, (some tulip bulbs right now) and a couple of jars of hot sauce.

Favorite night of the week, and why?

I love Sunday nights because people quit emailing and I relax away from the constant phone chatter. I love to go to the movies on Sundays or maybe cook dinner for friends or spend time in the restaurant.

What’s not a “thing” in New York food yet, that should be?

More real ethnic street vendors please.

What are your vices?

Food. I always over eat. There’s no stopping my appetite.

Is there anything, that’s at all your restaurants, that screams “Daniel?”

My Mom’s artwork. It’s everywhere. There tend to be a lot of nuts and seeds about as well…

Your go-to recipe when eating in…

Fried spam and eggs over white rice, soy sauce and hot sauce.

Take me through a typical night…

It starts at one of the Meatball Shops around 4, then a trip to the Jiu Jitsu gym around 6. Maybe a quick bite before heading to another Meatball Shop around 8:30.  I usually work until midnight or so, then go out for a drink with friends and end up back at my house to email and finish up the day around 2…

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