Erik Blauberg got his first restaurant job at the ripe old age of 12, landing a gig as a pot-washer when a desperate owner needed help after a kitchen walk-out. He started learning to cook the next year, and that set the stage for a career that's included such prolific stops as Tavern on the Green, Bouley, and the 21 Club. For the past several years, he's been consulting all over the globe, and he launched a high-end culinary travel program to expose gastronauts to foreign delicacies. He's back in New York City now, though, and come mid-September, he'll open the Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street), a beer-centric restaurant on the Lower East Side.
Stanton Street Kitchen via Facebook