Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson turned an unassuming factory in Greenpoint Brooklyn into an overnight phenomenon when they opened the restaurant Glasserie in 2013. Now they have taken their fresh take on Middle Eastern flavours to Los Angeles with a high-end falafel restaurant called Madcapra about to open in April in Grand Central Market.
Amid the chaos of opening a new venture, we tempted them back to New York to take part in our Chefs in Residence programme, where they stayed, cooked and served dinner at the onefinestay home East 51st Townhouse.
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‘In New York we love to buy our produce from the Union Square Farmers Market and our dried foods, spices and oils from Kalustyan’s. We’ve struggled to find a good replacement for Kalustyan’s in LA: it’s a pretty special place.’
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‘We’ve been shopping at a lot of small Armenian markets – Little Armenia is close to us. The farmers’ markets are amazing here, and every day, so that’s quite convenient and exciting. We also love Cookbook, a neighbourhood greengrocer. They sell nice products like Rancho Gordo beans, along with sustainably sourced meats and local cheeses.’
Photography: Steven Brahms
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