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Food Issue 2008: Follow That Chef

Where some of the city's top cooking talents are eating now - or would if they ever got a night off.

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"Let's ask the chefs at new restaurants to pick their favorite new restaurants," we said. "With the caveat that they can't pick their own. Wouldn't that be interesting?"

Silly us—chefs in the throes of birthing a new restaurant barely have time for basic hygiene, let alone eating at other people's restaurants. If they get a day off, most said, they'd rather stay home, remember the names of their loved ones, and eat Chinese takeout.

OK, but if by chance the spirit did move them to go out? To a person, the one new place (as in too new for us to review till the end of this month, even) that they all wanted to go was the Publican. Except the Publican's Brian Huston—he wanted to go to Urban Belly.

For good measure, we also put the question to a couple food celebs we thought might get out a little more—Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, who's opening her own restaurant this spring, and Check, Please! host Alpana Singh. Guess where they've been eating.

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