Commending the Conceptual Design of Chef Cedric Vongerichten’s Wayan

The ethos of the restaurant's cocktails and cuisine weave into a Rockwell Group-designed space that we can't wait to revisit

In early February, chef Cedric Vongerichten’s NYC hotspot Wayan hosted an extravaganza for its first anniversary—a milestone that oftentimes ushers in one of the most challenging times for restaurant, after the allure of “brand newness” fizzles out and strength of reputation and seasonal menu changes act as traffic drivers. Wayan easily weathered the transition as many sought out its delectable Indonesian cuisine, prepared with French flair, …

Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja’s Holiday Recipe

From NYC's new restaurant Shuka, a party-ready labne

We came across a luscious labne at newly opened NYC restaurant Shuka—whose menu dives deep into the Eastern Mediterranean region, the Levant. With the help of Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja, we learned that it’s also quite simple to make at home. “I love labne. It was one of the first things I ate on Atlantic Avenue at Sahadi’s with my grandmother,” Brooklyn-born Nurdjaja tells CH. “I’ve …

Quality Eats, NYC

Reimagining the steakhouse experience with affordable (but still decadent) cuts of meat

TGIF—and what better way to treat yourself after a week of hard work than a steak and martini? Making this reward easy on the wallet and perhaps even a regular occasion, NYC restaurant Quality Eats (opened last November) has a surfeit of affordable, decadent gifts in meat form. With steaks ranging from $19 to $29, it discards higher prices along with the stuffiness and formality …