We are happy to report that our friends Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte from The Smile (the quaint restaurant on Bond street that has won over the hearts of many a Nolitan), along with their chef, Melina Marden will be collaborating with executive chef Brian Loiacono over at Ruschmeyer's in Montauk. The previous summers, the restaurant at the hotel, owned and managed by King and Grove was being run by the boys from the Fat Radish. What does this mean for Ruschmeyers? Well besides delivering great eats, Matt and Carlos are responsible for running some of the hottest spots in downtown Manhattan (The Jane Hotel and The Westway), and this summer, it seems they will be taking their loads of followers out East.
The executive chef from the Smile, Melina Marden, grew up between Manhattan and Greece. In her new book, Modern Mediterranean she shows off some of the colorful dishes she's been serving inspired by her Greek heritage.
From Life and Times: L+T: You’re the executive chef at The Smile, one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. For those who haven’t been, how would you define and describe the food? MM: I describe the food as “Mediterranean inspired new American.” To me that encompasses Greek, Moroccan, and Italian influences and market driven local NY produce when possible. I want the food to feel home cooked and casual which I think goes well with the cozy neighborhood atmosphere at the restaurant.
More shots from Ruschmeyer's:
[From Ruschmeyer's Facebook Page]
[Via Hampton's Magazine Editor Samantha Yanks]