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Photo by Melissa Hom

David Burke Kitchen

I’m staying at the James Hotel in SoHo, so I head downstairs for dinner at David Burke Kitchen. This is all about American cooking with a sense of humour. Remember ants on a log? Burke re-imagines this kid’s snack as bone marrow logs supporting cooked snail ants. He cooks his french fries in smoked beef fat and ages his rib-eyes for 55 days in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room. Burke’s infamous monkey bread – cinnamon buns cooked with bananas and pecans in a caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream – is served in its own monogrammed tin so you can take it home with you, which is especially easy when home is only an elevator ride away.

Getting There
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