Alain Ducasse Eats New York

Looking for fries in all the right places.
Looking for fries in all the right places. Photo: Hans Gissinger

When asked about their favorite New York eats, high-end French chefs would traditionally demur and come back with a predictable litany of safe, crowd-pleaser choices like dirty water dogs and Katz’s pastrami sandwiches. In this new age of bean-to-bar chocolate and farmstead cheese, however, not only is Alain Ducasse psyched enough to shout out Saxelby Cheesemongers, the Mast Brothers, and Diner’s fried chicken sandwich, he’s even put his name on a 596-page book called J’aime New York that’s all about his favorite things to eat in the city, including the latticework at Four & Twenty Blackbirds and the house special at Pommes Frites. [NYP, Abrams]