Many New York chefs are on Twitter these days, and many of them update their restaurant websites with news and media information, but a few actually keep blogs up to date. ‘Ancient. Naturally, many of them have to do with food, but often they also offer interesting insight into their lives outside the kitchen. Here’s a handy guide:
Chief: Michel Laiskonis
Restaurant: The Bernardine
Blog: Notes from the kitchen
What’s inside: Executive pastry chef Le Bernardin blogs about his ever-evolving work in the kitchen, with several interesting asides on art and design. Notes From the Kitchen isn’t updated frequently, but it’s always filled with great photos, and Michael’s writing has an elegant cerebral flow.
Must read message:‘Ergonomic.’ on how incorporating shapes and lines into dishes and presentations can enhance the dining experience.
Chief: Ong Pitcher
Restaurant: Spot, Pie Village
Blog: Confessions of a Sugarholic
What’s inside: Pichet’s Tumblr is mostly food porn, with the occasional shot of a bagman he has his eye on. It’s fun to click on, as it gives an eerily charming insight into his culinary adventures outside of his restaurants.
Must read message: just click on the set. It’s a solid Tumblr.
Chief: Daniel Angerer
Restaurant: Klee Brewery
What’s inside: A fairly simple, yet well written and enthusiastic recipe blog from the chef who served the famous cheese made from his wife’s breast milk to customers at his restaurant in Chelsea. Angerer blogs mostly about the food he cooks for his family, and he’s frequently updated with tons of crisp, quirky photos.
Must read message: “Mommy’s Milk,” the Feb. 6 post about how the infamous mother’s milk cheese is made.
Chief: Seamus Mullen
Blog: Chief Seamus Mullen
What’s inside: Flavor quality photos of the chef butchering and preparing serious meat. Unfortunately, Mullen’s Tumblr isn’t updated very often.
Must read message: N/A, but it’s all solid, if you’re not averse to the details of preparing your favorite meat dishes.
Chief: Eddie Huang
Restaurants: Baohaus, Xiao Ye
Blog: Fresh off the boat
What’s inside: Mostly about his work as a chef and small business owner, with some long, thoughtful, and totally readable shots of the New York restaurant world in general. Eddie also enjoys blogging about hip-hop, the NBA, and making loving comments about his staff.
Must read message: “Sam…Let’s go to Wo Hop,” Huang’s response to Sam Sifton’s summary of Wo Hop.
Chief: Daniel Mowles
Restaurant: at Lily’s
Blog: The life of a cook
What’s inside: A fairly personal and idiosyncratic Tumblr, with a focus on travel, food photography, and restaurant culture. If you want a glimpse into the life of a hard-working young chef in New York City, both inside and outside the kitchen, check it out.
Must read message: N/A, but the photo account of a recent Dungeness crab-filled trip to California is pretty cool.
Chief: Raphael Mateo
Restaurant: Pata Negra
Blog: Chef Mateo Blog
What’s inside: Especially on travel and entertainment, Mateo presents himself as a culinary man of the city, with a love of themed dinners and food tourism.
Must read message:“The Big 40”, which chronicles Mateo’s 40th birthday celebration dinner with champagne and suckling pig.
You might also like these restaurant Tumblrs:
sore: Clean design, and particularly interesting to read for the restaurant’s off-site event coverage.
The meat hook: A loose chronicle of offal-filled events at Tom Mylan’s Williamsburg butcher shop.
lure fish bass: A tricked out Tumblr with updated food porn and notes on popular menu items at Josh Capon’s SoHo fish spot.
At Roberta’s: A clean, media-heavy page for one of Bushwick’s favorite haunts.
Pies and thighs: Mainly details the media exposure of Sarah Buck and Co.’s Brooklyn Chicken Shack, as well as menu updates.
Lily’s Restaurant: A video blog of the restaurant inside the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown.