" In this cafe setting, Chef Arik Benisimon is cooking for just five or six tables and his pared down menu showcases his talent. This is truly intimate dining." - Greenwich Magazine
Chef Arik Bensimon has cooking in his blood. His culinary prep school started at just 14, when he worked in the kitchen of his Aunt & Uncle's Italian restaurant Pasta Prego on 45th Street & 5th Avenue. By the time he was 18, he knew that becoming a chef would be his life's passion. He enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and went on to hone his craft in Manhattan, at some of the country's most respected restaurants -- Le Cirque, Picholine and La Panetiere in Rye. He was Executive Chef at Napa & Co, The Spread & most recently, Le Farm in Westport.
In addition to a passion for food, Chef Arik loves woodworking and refurbished one of our building's original doors so that we could make it into our cafe counter. He has also taken the wood from a tree that was in our front yard and has made them into bowls that we will be selling at our store very soon.