In the Kitchen

10 Restaurant Dishes to Recreate at Home

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Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 3.35.21 PMThis article originally appeared on FOOD52 and is reprinted here with permission.

One night, about a year after I had moved to New York, I was at a Mets game. It wasn’t terribly memorable, but I do remember that my date ordered chicken tenders; they were $11, and predictably not very good, but I immediately thought, “Damn, those are surprisingly cheap.”

That was the moment that I realized that living in this city had permanently skewed my perceptions of what people should pay for food. Even though I’m incredibly frugal at the grocery store, I’m often lured into shelling out at every new restaurant that I have to try — and there is always another one.

Fortunately, working in food media means being surrounded by people creative and motivated enough to recreate some of the most acclaimed restaurants’ recipes. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites — you’ll save money, won’t have to wait for a table, and can eat them in the privacy of your home (no pants!). Here’s how to live the dream:

Momofuku’s Pork Buns 


Northern Spy’s Kale Salad


Brussels Sprouts Salad a la M. Wells 


Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake


Celery Salad and Cheese on Toast (Inspired by Prune)


Carrot Avocado Salad (courtesy of ABC Kitchen)


Le Bernardin’s Crispy-Skinned Fish


Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon


Roberta’s Parsley Cake


The River Café’s Strawberry Sorbet