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Andy Ricker (Pok Pok Ny)
John Bush/David Massoni/Dale Talde (Talde, Pork Slope, Thistle Hill Tavern)
Emiliano Coppa and Anna Klinger (Bar Corvo, al di la)
Jean Adamson and Sam Buffa (Hillside, Vinegar Hill House)
This might seem like a gimme for media darling Andy Ricker, who’s made even the most hardened foodies swoon into their collective napkins and metal cups of Pandanus leaf-scented water, since sweeping onto the scene with Pok Pok Ny. But this is a Brooklyn magazine first and foremost, and we haven’t forgotten that Ricker started in Portland, then tested the climes of the Lower East Side, before staking claim on the Columbia Waterfront District. So we’re going with total BK boosters Bush, Talde, and Massoni
, who opened two (and revitalized one) awesome Park Slope restaurants in the span of one year. They’re also an insanely well-oiled machine, checking egos at the door and letting each member control what they’re best at…Bush at the bar, Talde in the kitchen, and Massoni orchestrating front-of-house.