Second Harlem Renaissance aside, 5 & Diamond just can’t seem to keep a chef. You’ll recall that the volatile Ryan Skeen first headed up the stove here; following his departure in June 2010, the restaurant has seen David Santos and David Martinez cycle though, and now Darryl Burnette, formerly of BG at Bergdorf Goodman, is in the kitchen (though we’re told Martinez is still involved with the restaurant). Burnette describes his new menu as “more contemporary American,” with new dishes like arancini, prosciutto-wrapped fries, and seafood fettuccine setting the tone. The toque has already been at the restaurant for a few months — let’s hope his tenure proves longer than that of his predecessors.
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