What are Aldo Sohm's favorite restaurants in New York?
Lately, I’ve been going to a place in my neighborhood called Chuko — it’s a ramen place. Also in Brooklyn is a little Italian place called Franny’s. They have a very clean cuisine. They offer pasta, pizzas, but also some very clean appetizers. They also have a very smart wine list — not the biggest one, but it’s so creative. If you have a big wine list, making it creative isn’t very difficult. But making a small wine list creative is difficult.
In New York, I love to go to Daniel. For me, a great place is Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Everything is seasonal. I just came from there and had a really phenomenal meal. I don’t mind traveling for food.
And even though it’s not a brunch place, I go to SriPraPhai in Queens, a Thai place. It’s not a fancy restaurant at all, but they deliver such authentic flavors onto the plate. The presentation is very simple, but it’s a restaurant that is spotless clean. They even have a little garden outside and they allow you to bring your own wine.