Rumor has it that Joe Isidori, former chef of the now-closed Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton, has headed back to Manhattan full time to work with Matt Levine on Chalk Point Kitchen in SoHo. The restaurant is slated to open next month.
Isidori had been on the fast track to culinary stardom before taking his place at the ill-fated Hamptons eatery. He had previously held various positions in Donald Trump’s organization before helming Bruce Buschel’s overpriced and pretentious (sorry but it’s true in my humble opinion) sustainable seafood and locavore-inspired boite, which closed in 2013.
I’m quite interested to see what this hot chef cooks up at his new place. I hope he gets the solid that he deserves, as unfortunately, Southfork was doomed from the start as Bruce let his (some say way-off-the-mark) fiery opinions fly about everything from “100 things restaurant staffers should never do” to Southfork’s ultimate demise on his blog, which incensed both patrons and fellow restaurateurs alike. And it didn’t help that the front-of-the restaurant garden soaked up all the exhaust from a neighboring driveway–which made this Hamptons Party Girl and a dining companion sick on the night we spent close to $300 on dinner for three–even though the place was BYO. I love slow food and supporting local farmers and really wanted to like Southfork Kitchen but it literally left a bad taste in my mouth.
The good news (because that’s the kind of news we like to share the most!) is that the building has been occupied by Todd Jacobs’ Fresh, which serves a whole lot of delicious healthy and sustainable food at reasonable prices, for nearly a year now. This cozy spot also has a great bar and live music by a few of our friends, including Jim Turner, a few nights a week. Try the green beans and the vegetarian curry–both are excellent and crave-worthy.
And for those who want the high-end experience, but with a steep price that’s TOTALLY worth it, meander down the street to Topping Rose. It’s my go-to place for special occasions, and every other kind of occasion when I can afford it. In my opinion, Tom Colicchio is a kitchen god.
*Photo by me, at a past Harvest event. Not meant to represent any of the chefs or restaurants mentioned here–just a delicious bite of food.