Cedric Vongerichten is the son of famed Chef and Restaurateur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Cedric moved to New York at a young age, and trained under the instruction of his father in his young years. At 17, he took an apprenticeship in the Bahamas, and then continued to travel and work in restaurants around the world. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and moved back to the United States to take on the Executive Chef role at his father’s restaurant, Perry St. in New York. He has since opened his own restaurants independently of his father, yet he still manages the kitchen at Perry St. as Executive Chef.
Opened in 2005, Perry St. is in the West Village in the Richard Meier Towers, and offers stunning waterfront views of the Hudson River. The dining room has a relaxed elegant aesthetic, with white walls linens, and cushions, dark wooden tables, and a dark geometric print carpet, there is also a modern vibe.
Chef Cedric Vongerichten believes in balancing textures and flavors, and works to infuse Asian, French, and American influences into his dishes. The menu at Perry St. changes with the seasons, and features ingredients fresh from the local Union Square Market. Guests can choose from the A La Carte Menu or can elect to indulge in the Taste of Perry St. Menu. To begin, Perry St. offers multiple salad choices such as a basic arugula salad, pear salad with quinoa, and a wild mushroom salad. There are many choices in appetizer, but a crowd favorite is the creamy burrata. Paired with a Meyer Lemon Jam, and Pumpernickel Toast, the combination of these flavors is a wonderful way to begin the evening. While the choices in main entrees is vast, a standout is the Butter Poached Lobster. This Lobster is served with an unconventional broth made of Lemongrass, Kaffir, and Lime which is a light seasoning to accompany the richness of the lobster. Paired with Potato Ravioli, this dish is the perfect combination of flavor and texture. You can end your evening with a classic Chocolate Pudding with toasted Hazelnuts, or a more unique dessert such as a Yuzu Souffle with a White Chocolate Ice cream. No matter what dishes you choose to indulge in, rest assured that any trip to Perry St. will be an experience you can’t forget, and one you will want to come back to.
- New York Times, Three Stars