By Chef Derrick Paez
My cuisine at the Wallflower is: romantic. The truth is I've always had high regard for the French palate - I'm a poet. Currently, we are heading into the fall and winter bounty of the larder, so I am creating harmonious dishes that are approachable.
Pairing with bartender Xavier Herit's cocktails requires: gut intuition, I work from the heart. Plus, I have trained under chef Daniel Boulud and that's where I met Xavier, so we share a similar vein and ascetic.
What I love about working in the West Village is: that the community is very welcoming to the creative spirits.
235 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
T: 646.682.9842 | www.wallflowernyc.com
Chef Derrick Paez's NYC Guide
MORNING | Breakfast
For a Bloody Mary, or maybe Champagne with Eggs Benedict. It is no fuss and a chic and cool space.
275 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012
T: 212.941.1100 | www.chefsclub.com/new-york
SHOPPING | Food & Markets
Di Palo Select
Located in Little Italy, make sure to grab a number when you walk in. A quick nod to either of the brothers there; gauge how long of a line, wait if you must. Make sure to try a few cheeses just to learn insight from Lou or Sal. Pick up some antipasti and a salumi bread while in the store from Parisi Bakery. Next door, the Di Palo Family has a wine shop with cool, hard-to-find wines, hand-selected and imported by them so it's a win win.
200 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013
T: 212.226.1033 | www.dipaloselects.com
RESTAURANTS | Lunch
MALAYSIAN | Nyonya
This is located across from Di Palo's and it's my favorite ethnic restaurant in Little Italy. This is a Malaysian restaurant that has my favorite bowl of noodle soup, Curry Mee with Young Tau Foo (egg noodles served in a spicy lemongrass coconut curry with tofu and vegetables stuffed with fish).
199 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013
T: 212.334.3669 | www.ilovenyonya.com
RESTAURANTS | Dinner
KOREAN | Hanjan
This is chef Hooni Kim's second restaurant, located in the Flatiron District. It is effortlessly hip and delivers each time and on point. The dishes are a true force of Korean flavors, the heat and depth of each bite is intoxicating.
36 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
T: 212.206.7226 | www.hanjan26.com
FRENCH | Bar Boulud
The charcuterie is delicious. My favorite dishes are the escargot and the coq au vin. The setting is very tranquil and it's also a cool wine spot.
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
T: 212.59.0303 | www.barboulud.com
COCKTAILS | Attaboy
Very well crafted drinks in a speakeasy.
Open until 4am
134 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Chef Derrick Paez
Paez is the executive chef of the Wallflower in New York City. His first foray into the culinary world began at fourteen, working in his family’s restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. Paez went on to work for Jean-George Vongerichten at Spice Market and with chef Daniel Boulud at DB Bistro Moderne and Daniel, where he first collaborated with barman Xavier Herit, also of the Wallflower. Most recently he was the sous chef at Corkbuzz Wine Studio.
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