Chodorow Plots Basque Restaurant and ‘Global Food Park’

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Jeffrey Chodorow tells Gael Greene that his project at 835 Sixth Avenue, opening in 2010 in the Kimpton Hotel, will consist of a Basque restaurant and a “global food park.” We can’t wait to see what happens when Chodorow’s penchant for wacky names collides with the Basque language! The restaurant will rely on visiting chefs (who knows, maybe even Ferran Adrià!) accentuating the menu with their avant-garde cuisine (which sounds exactly like what Mercat has been doing). As for the food park: “Inspired by the legendary KaDeWe food halls in Berlin, the ‘park’ will house a collection of mini restaurants, counters, stalls and kiosks spilling over into food carts outside.” As for the recent hubbub over Kobe Club closing, Chodorow still doesn’t get all the haters: “I don’t think Frank Bruni would have given two stars to Fatty Crab if he knew I was the backer.”

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