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Chefs' Favorite Hot Spots

Chef Enrique Olvera at La Nicolasa, a grocery next to Nicos, one of his favorite places in Mexico City.

Photo: Gregory Allen

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Pub Grub: For bar fare, without table linens or tasting menus, Bloomfield favors Waterfront Ale House (540 Second Ave.; 212/696-4104; dinner for two $55). “They have an extensive list of beers. More important, they do the best chicken wings, with house-made hot sauce aged in whisky barrels.”

Spices: As long as she’s out shopping for her restaurants, Bloomfield will stop at Kalustyan’s (123 Lexington Ave.; 212/685-3451) for their selection of more than 4,000 spices.

Market: According to Bloomfield, Chelsea Market is a great place to go with the family because there’s so much to eat, from lobster rolls and Italian sandwiches to Aussie pies and ice cream. Don’t miss Bowery Kitchen, the kitchen-supply shop, and Amy’s Bread, where you can watch the loaves being made.

Cookbooks: Bloomfield collects vintage cookbooks, and the best vintage volumes are at Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks (163 W. 10th St.; 212/989-8962). “Bonnie opens around 1 p.m. and sometimes has a special where she sells one genre at a lower price.”


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