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We Asked These Food Insiders Where They Had Their Best Meal of the Month

In search of your next dinner spot? Here’s where these food insiders had their best meal of the month.

“The best meal I’ve had this month was at Chef’s Club during Chef JJ Johnson’s residency. The meal was exciting, bold and astonishingly delicious. I had the oxtail dumplings, the piri piri Prawns, the con’con and the collard green salad. The atmosphere feels like a party—loved the music—and the whole experience made me really happy! Props to JJ Johnson and his sous-chef Sam Davis!” Klancy Miller, Cookbook Author and Cherry Bombe Contributor

“The best meal I’ve had in the past month (or so) would be a three-way tie between the caviar and fried chicken feast that a group of us had at Momofuku Noodle Bar, my dinner with “Blue Zones” author Dan Buettner at Chefs Club to experience the exciting cooking that chef JJ Johnson is doing there, and a lunch I got in Memphis with my girlfriend and an old buddy of mine at a legendary barbecue spot called Cozy Corner—incredible ribs, Cornish hen, and a fried bologna sandwich.” Jeff Gordinier, Food & Drinks Editor at Esquire

“The month is young! I was in Seattle a few weeks back and had some excellent food. I love Edouardo Jordan’s oxtails with turnips, chanterelles, preserved tomatoes and consommé at Junebaby, and I think it’s fascinating that he showcases rice from a different growing region each night. That was a great meal. I also recently visited the brand new Celestine in Brooklyn. It’s right on the waterfront, and the view of the sparkling river and bridge lights is astonishing—not the kind of vista you usually get from a new restaurant, but Celestine went all in. Chef Garett McMahan did these short rib manti—like a Turkish dumpling—with fenugreek, yogurt and mustard greens that were so good we ordered a second round.” Jordana Rothman, Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine

“I’ve been staying close to home lately. But since I live in Brooklyn, arguably the best borough for dining in the city, I still have plenty of fantastic options. One of my favorite places to pop in for a bite nearby is Faun. Chef Brian Leth, formerly of Vinegar Hill House, makes some of the most fantastic handmade pastas, including a killer bone-marrow cappelletti in brodo. Farther afield but still within walking distance, I adore Metta in Fort Greene, which just opened this past spring. Chef Norberto Piattoni, who cooked for years with South American rock star chef Francis Mallman, is thoroughly devoted to cooking over an open flame. His fire roasted meats—chicken, lamb, gorgeous grass fed beef—are killer, seasoned with the flavors of smoke and char. And he even bakes his own bread and whips his own butter. Plus the wine list at both places features mostly natural wines, well-chosen and reasonable.” Melissa Clark, New York Times Food Columnist

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