ES Local: Manhattan’s Top Chef Restaurants

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Yesterday I posed a burning question to the latest Top Chef winner, asking why Bravo, despite all the product placement, can’t give the show’s champs enough money to actually open their own restaurant. This year they upped the award from $100,000 to $125,000, but the winner admitted that’s only a fraction of what it would take to open a restaurant in a major market. Since most of the former chef-testants have yet to even drop that “sous” from their titles, let alone open their own places, we decided to take a look at the few Manhattan restaurants where former Top Chef-ers (winners and others) are actually helming the kitchen (whether they own the place or not).

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