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]