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Apr 23, 2008 10:34 AM

Most Creative Chef in NYC?

I'm trying to come up with a restaurant that symbolizes creativity. Where the chef mixes the unexpected to come up with new, original, fabulous combinations. Any thoughts?

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      1. re: MinhLikesFood

        I third WD. He's a serious, thoughtful, and clever chef, not just a stunt artist.

        I'd also add Sotohiro Kosugi of Soto.

      2. there's not many in my opinion...the best chefs in nyc are classically trained...bouley, ripert...people like that.

        the 'creative' ones in my opinion fall flat. wylie dufresne's food just not for me. i appreciate the creativity but i dont want science class...i want delicious food. same thing with chang who i think i ridiculously overrated as a chef. wes from degustation means well but i wasnt wowed by his food...i may give him another shot as recent comments were very positive on him.

        1. John Fraser of Dovetail. Cesar Ramirez of Bar Blanc. I love creative food and these are 2 of my favorites right now.

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          1. re: rrems

            i do think that the David Chang deserves to be mentioned in this debate. i know that he has received a lot of ink as of late and maybe too much ink for some, but he is doing some amazing things and pushing the boundaries without being too over the top...

            1. re: cdog

              Where in my post did you see a comment on David Chang?

            2. re: rrems

              dovetail is pretty conventional to me. bar blanc could go here...maybe neil ferguson of allen and delancey.

              1. re: sam1

                RREMS....i was simply replying to the initial questions...i simply replied after your posted. i wasn't responding to you. sorry!

                1. re: sam1

                  I couldn't agree more that Dovetail is a completely ordinary restaurant in all regards. I think Jonthan Benno is pretty creative, as is Chang and Dufresne.

              2. I second the positive comments on Wesley Genovart of Degustation - most of what I had there last weekend was very creative and amazingly delicious. I also second the lukewarm-ness toward David Chang - I was at Momofuku Ssam last weekend and came away largely underwhelmed. I would like to give Ko a shot at some point, though.

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                1. re: biondanonima

                  I think Genovart is copying the right things more than anything else.

                2. David Chang, David Burke, Wesley Genovart, Wylie Dufrense, I think Batali is pretty creative with some of his combinations, Neil Ferguson, Michael Psilakis...