Chef Julio Genao has come up the ranks of some of New York’s top kitchens from Alex Garcia’s Calle Ocho to Terrance Brennan’s Artisanal Bistro Fromagerie & Wine Bar to Christian Delouvrier’s La Mangeoire. He was recognized as “Most Innovative Chef” for the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2018 and was in E! Network’s reality show Playing with Fire. Today, Chef Julio continues to creatively push the boundaries of modern world-class cuisine as Executive Chef at Prime, An American Chophouse in Stamford, CT. Chef Julio took time off his busy schedule to sit down with Suburbs 101 for an interview. He shares with us his favorite restaurants in Westchester and New York. Eat Where the Chefs Eat is a column where local Chefs and food industry insiders share their favorite restaurants in the New York metro area. Learn where your favorite chefs go when they aren’t in their own kitchens!
What are your favorite restaurants in Westchester?
Art Cafe of NYACK at 65 S. Broadway, Nyack, NY- 845-353-4230
It’s a middle eastern vegetarian cafe, I usually order the hummus and Shakshooka which is baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce served with pita.
Where do you go for Cheap Eats?
Eatarry at 25 Main St., Tarrytown NY- 914-909-5212
I usually order an omelet with apple and brie cheese which they make so well, the cheese is perfectly melted and the eggs are cooked thin, folded nicely and cooked just right.
Where do you go for special occasions?
X2O Xaviers on the Hudson at 71 Water Grant St., Yonkers NY- 914-965-1111
It is situated right on the water with great views of the Hudson River. The food is classic and well prepared, I also go there for sushi.
Where do you go for date night?
Harvest on Hudson at 1 River St., Hastings NY- 914-478-2800
The place reminds of an Italian villa in Tuscany, the views while sitting outdoors is great. In the winter, I love a table by the fireplace.
What are your favorite restaurants in New York City?
Zengo at 622 Third Ave., New York, NY- 212-808-8110
I love that it’s located near Grand Central. I like to go there for their bottomless brunch. They serve small dishes from their entire brunch menu which are very well prepared and their drinks are creative and delicious. They also have a great variety of high-end tequila and mezcal.
Cookshop at 156 Tenth Ave, New York, NY- 212-924-4440
Cookshop is near the Highline. I love going there for the well prepared, always fresh food they serve. Their sausages and briskets are great.
You are the executive chef at Prime. What is your signature dish?
Prime at 78 Southfield Ave., Stamford, CT- 203-817-0700
Definitely try the Veal with parmesan crust and bordelaise at Prime. The dish is sophisticated, well presented and delicious.
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