Extra Fancy and La Vara Alum Josh Blakely Joins Dram As Chef

Blakely, on the right.
Blakely, on the right. Photo: Courtesy of Josh Blakely

The former chef at Macao Trading Co. and Williamsburg’s noveau clam shack Extra Fancy is now cooking his heart out as the “one-man band” in the shoebox kitchen at Dram. Josh Blakely, who says he considers Alex Raij at La Vara his mentor, tells Grub Street he’s written a fourteen-odd-item tapas menu at the South 4th Street bar. The lineup will change, but come tonight and you’ll find gin-cured salt cod with beets and dill, chicken wings confitted in duck fat and flash-fried, country ham croquettes, and romaine hearts with picked ramps and boquerones. [Earlier]