Lauren Gerrie, Marc Jacob’s Personal Chef, On Her Favorite Places To Eat In The Big Apple

December 1, 2017

If there’s anyone we want to have a meal with, it’s Lauren Gerrie. Not only is she Marc Jacob’s longtime personal chef, but she’s also the co-founder of Big Little Get Together, a creative culinary company that offers private chef services for events. Not to mention, she’s also a Chopped Champion. The multi-hyphenate gave us her list of go-to restaurants in the Big Apple, from her cozy neighborhood diner to a Szechuan-lovers heaven.


130 Division Street

“Kiki’s is like going over to a friend’s house whose mom makes the most amazingly authentic Greek food. This joint is owned by friends and you can basically find me there four to five times a week, if not more. The vibe is so cool and comfortable, there is something for everyone, and it’s tucked away on a quiet street in the Lower East Side. My go to dishes always include the Octopus, the Sausage with Orange Peel, the Chopped Romaine Salad with dill, feta, and lemon, the Chicken Soup (to die for), and all of the desserts.”

LES Taqueria

25 Essex Street A

“I’m a Southern California girl through and through. My diet could be made up of margaritas, chips, salsa, and guacamole. This is my neighborhood jam and they are always playing classic Eighties cult films like Top Gun, Sixteen Candles, or Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”


172 2nd Avenue

“The omakase here is out of this world and incredibly affordable. They also do an awesome dish of whole tuna rib that you scrape the sashimi off of—and when you can scrape no more they take it away and roast it, and return it to your table with a whole new array of accompaniments. It gives you an entirely new flavor experience.”


80 Wythe Avenue

“As a former Marlow & Daughters pastry chef, I am loyal to the Andrew Tarlow empire! Reynard, in the Wythe Hotel, is so perfect for any meal. You can’t beat the smell of the wood burning over and the beautiful surroundings of the classic architectural interior. I eat whatever is the special because I trust and admire the chefs there.”


Hot Kitchen

104 2nd Avenue

“Szechuan. Need I say more?! I fucking love spicy food and they do it right here. I go specifically for the Szechuan Peppercorn Beef Tendon, but I also love the Eggplant with Pickled Peppers, Hot and Sour Cucumbers, Dumplings in Red Oil, and the whole fried fish which could feed an army!”



85 Broadway, Brooklyn

“Diner is my favorite burger and fries joint, paired with a stiff cocktail or a delicious glass of wine. You can find me chilling at the bar many a winter night.”


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