Amanda Freitag Takes Over Empire Diner Space in Chelsea

It's about to get the locavore treatment.
It's about to get the locavore treatment. Photo: Samantha Zalaznick

Off the Menu reports that the ex-Harrison and Gusto chef, who spent some time off the line to compete in the Next Iron Chef: Redemption last year, will reopen Chelsea’s iconic Empire Diner space with a new culinary direction by the end of the summer. (The last incarnation of the classic greasy spoon, called the Highliner, closed in December.) Ms. Freitag’s restaurant will have a brand-new name, the Times reports, and will serve a menu of “locavore diner food.” Sounds like fun. [Off the Menu/NYT, Earlier, Related]