Nicholas Morgenstern, who opened Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream last spring, says that he isn't in the rock-star class of chefs (i.e., the McNallys, Changs, Carmenellis) that dominates the New York City dining scene. But his skinny jeans, cherry-red motorcycle, and internationally popular ice cream parlor suggest that he is at least on his way. Especially when the ice cream parlor has become successful enough to command long lines of tourists and locals alike, who descend upon the shop for scoops of durian fruit and Szechuan peppercorn chocolate ice cream. "It's like Katz's or something," he says.
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But before Morgenstern's, the chef had Goat Town, which he's retooling into GG's (511 East 5th Street) and reopening later this week. "This restaurant keeps my feet on the ground," he says. "This neighborhood is very real." More »