Drew Nieporent’s Bâtard Won’t Be ‘New American’

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“Bâtard’s chef, Markus Glocker, is Austrian and even though he’s worked with Gordon Ramsay, who’s British but who’s trained in the French way. So when people ask me, ‘What’s the food going to be like?’ I say, ‘Well, it’s an amalgam of his experiences.’ He worked with Charlie Trotter. He worked with Eckart Witzigmann. They say, ‘Oh, so new American.’ I say, ‘No.’ I find that pretentious, for whatever reason.” —The Tribeca-based restaurateur says it’s probably best to leave your expectations at the door. [Eater, Related]