Starbucks Gets Chef-Endorsed

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Chef Gabe Thompson attends the 12th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis at W New York Hotel on August 25, 2011 in New York City.
Likes peppermint mochas. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

"Is it embarrassing to list Starbucks? I hope not! This Starbucks is part of my morning commute to work. Since it is located in the Google building, the staff is super pro. Even if the line is long, they are on the ball about expediting and providing stellar service. The dark roast is definitely my favorite ... unless I'm splurging on a peppermint mocha." —Gabe Thompson, the chef-partner at L'Apicio, dell'anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora, also chooses Artichoke pizza and the Standard Grill in his neighborhood guide to Chelsea. [Serious Eats NY]