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Years back while we were filming a segment on Missy Robbins and the two A Voce locations she ran I met two of her sous chefs Ayesha Nurdjaja and Hillary Sterling who now run their own kitchens at Hundred Acres and Vic's respectively both owned and operated by the husband wife team Vicki Freeman, and Marc Meyer. We'll spend the day with them.

In 1994 Donna Leonard opened the original il Buco out back of an antique furniture store on Bond Street steps off the Bowery. Self taught with no experience the place was an instant neighborhood hit. A few years back she expanded with il Buco Alimentari a block north on Great Jones St., which earned 3 stars from the NY Times, both of the places are total stand outs.

A veteran of NYC kitchens for well over two decades Chef Ivy Stark is really a talent working under the radar. She runs the sprawling operations of the various Dos Caminos spots here and in Vegas and though known for their volume under her stewardship they do a remarkable amount of quality work from scratch.

America's love for steak houses keeps growing, in this show we visit Keens well over a century old and Mike's Favorite NY Steakhouse and then we're off to Costata downtown run by Michael Whites team where along with great steak they serve artisan hand made pasta, and great fish crudo, a sort of The Palm for the 21st century.

We'll spend the day with the co-authors of the excellent Koreatown cookbook Deuki Hong and Mott Rodbard first at Deuki's BBQ restaurant, Kang Ho Dong Baekeong, then we'll shop for ingredients at H Town on 32nd and head to back to his tiny apartment nearby to cook a few recipes from their book.

Missy Robbins after years running both A Voce locations in Manhattan finally has her own spot in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Lilia one of the best restaurant to open in 2016. After decades running some of Manhattans best kitchens chef Patty Jackson now has her own place too, Delaware & Hudson and not surprisingly it's also in Williamsburg.

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