Celebrity Hotel Chefs
by Julie Besonen, 05/11/2011
Peekytoe Crab Salad at Cafe Boulud. Courtesy, The Dinex Group
Daniel Boulud: Café Boulud at The Surrey
20 E. 76th St., 212-772-2600, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The Surrey is a posh, under-the-radar Upper East Side boutique hotel with some of the best room service in town. You can stay in your pj's and enjoy creations from Daniel Boulud's kitchen, or book a table at Café Boulud on the hotel's ground floor. Open since 1998, in the space that formerly housed Restaurant Daniel, it doesn't generate as much buzz as Boulud's other venues yet remains consistently beloved by café society types for its superb food, plush setting and poised service. Boulud has an eye for recognizing and nurturing talent—Andrew Carmellini, David Chang, Tien Ho and Johnny Iuzzini have all done time here. Now, Gavin Kaysen, the current executive chef, is making a name for himself. As always, the menu continues to be divided into four sections: classic French (tuna Niçoise), seasonal dishes (Maine lobster salad), market vegetables (nine-herb ravioli with zucchini pesto) and global inspirations (shredded beef empanadas with cactus salad).
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