Samuelsson and Ripert Sell New York to the Tourists

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Samuelsson happens to like Aquavit.Photo: Getty Images

The last wave of Just Ask the Locals tourism ads featured Danny Meyer, and this time around the city has selected chefs Eric Ripert and Marcus Samuelsson along with Diddy! to dish on their favorite spots. Ripert give props to the wood-burning oven at Peasant absolutely fantastic while Samuelsson fingers Aquavit (for shame!), as well as Jean Georges, Luger, Republic, and wd-50. For late-night eats, he's all about Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Florent (despite its imminent demise), the Spotted Pig, and anywhere in Chinatown although, except for Wo Hop and Noodletown, places in C-town tend to close on the early side. So if you see confused tourists wandering the darkened streets of Chinatown or attempting to gain entry into a shuttered Florent, you know whom to blame.

Just Ask the Locals [NYC Visit]