Top eats from top chefs

Winners and judges from the hit show wow NYC with their restaurants.

The hit TV show “Top Chef” has graced the Big Apple with some of the best and brightest culinary talents in the world. Whether judges, contestants or winners, these chefs have introduced top-notch restaurants to NYC that are well-deserving of all the hype. Perhaps the most noted top chef is the judge himself, Tom Colicchio. Visit the Flatiron District for a stop at his exceptional restaurant, Craft (43 E. 19th St.). Unbending in its dedication to fresh ingredients and simplicity in cooking, Craft features a high-concept American menu featuring everything from oysters and roasted shishito peppers to a whole suckling pig for two. Winner from Top Chef season one, Harold Dieterle has enjoyed enormous success with two restaurants, Kin Shop (469 Sixth Ave.) and The Marrow (99 Bank St.). Kin Shop offers fresh, inspired contemporary Thai cuisine in a casual, charming atmosphere while The Marrow masters refined German and Italian cuisine. With menu standouts like balsamic-glazed black cod and sweet corn maultaschen, its no wonder Dieterle has “top” status. Finally, winner of Top Chef season three, Hung Huynh, has opened two remarkable restaurants. Catch is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants, situated in the chic Meatpacking District, with two floors, 14,000-square feet and a luxurious glass-enclosed rooftop lounge (21 Ninth Ave.). Menu must-tries include the crispy whole snapper and cantonese lobsters. Huynh’s other restaurant, The General, is a bustling hub of Asian food (199 Bowery). Enjoy modern Asian cuisine in a trendy but casual atmosphere from one of the best chef’s in the city. Whether it’s the stellar raw bar or the peking duck, The General is a big draw for good reason. “Top Chef” has proven to not only be a top show, but also an unbeatable source for incredible talent. Take a tour of the city to these exceptional eateries and see exactly why these top chefs are indeed, tops.