|The Chefs||On New York||On Washington|
|Hank’s Oyster Bar owner and chef Jamie Leeds worked in New York for 18 years before moving here in 2002.||“I miss the little, real authentic New York places. Here you have to go out of the District to really get authentic Thai food.”||“DC is more welcoming and inclusive in the chef community. DC is just an easier lifestyle. It’s not as stressful. It’s more relaxed.”|
|Born and raised in New York, Bobby Varua came to DC and to 701 in January.||“I miss the tempo. And New York is a little more experimental. The restaurants can come up with almost anything, and diners will be willing to experiment with the chef and the cuisine and technique.”||“I love the history of the city. I’m kind of a history buff. It’s overwhelming to look at a city where everything in the country happens. And the people are nicer in DC.”|
|Scott Drewno of the Source has been in Washington for a little more than a year.||“There’s not a lot of late-night dining in DC. In New York there’s the potential to stay out until 4 am. Here, it seems to get quiet real fast. The town shuts down at 10 every night.”||“The restaurant community here is tight. It’s not that way in New York. I think all of the museums here are great. There’s a great cultural sense.”|
|2941’s Bertrand Chemel worked in New York for nine years before moving south in January.||“I don’t miss anything about New York. I think the only thing they do better is that it’s a city that lives 24 hours. You can do anything in New York at any time. You can’t do that here.”||“People here enjoy food more than in New York. People are more friendly than in New York. There I didn’t know my neighbors. Here they are asking what they can do to help.”|
|Leonardo Marino worked at Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin in New York before Ripert sent him south last summer to open Westend Bistro.||“I miss my friends and family. I miss Le Bernardin. Nothing else. I enjoy DC.”||“DC is a healthier place to live. It’s a little bit more laid-back. It’s clean. I think DC is beautiful.”|
NY Chefs Dish About DC
Washington is seeing lots of talent coming here from the New York dining scene. What do the Big Apple chefs think of their new surroundings?