ZAGAT : Creative Cauliflower Dishes in NYC

March 4, 2015

Cauliflower and kohlrabi at Toro

“Tapas specialists Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette toss cauliflower and kohlrabi with pine nuts, golden raisins, anchovies and pimenton de la vera for this Spanish-inflected plate.”

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ZAGAT: 8 Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in NYC

March 3, 2015

“Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Chelsea tapas hot spot serves up a Barcelona-inspired take on the American staple. The pressed bocadillo sandwich features Idiazabal cheese, Bien Cuit bread, house-cured porchetta, mustard greens, mustard and housemade pickled relish”

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8 Must-Try Wings in NYC

January 26, 2015


“At the Barcelona-inspired Chelsea hot spot, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette brought their smoked duck drummettes with quince glaze down from the Boston location due to popular demand.”

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ZAGAT: The Next Generation: Marc and Will Malnati

October 11, 2013

Malnati_copy_636_400_85_s_c1Will Malnati, Al Pacino(center) and Marc Malnati at Willow Road.

If the last name Malnati seems familiar it’s because it’s synonymous with Chicago’s most famous deep dish pizza pie. Lou Malnati’s was founded in 1971 by its namesake. When Lou passed away from cancer in 1978, son Marc Malnati took over the business and continues to run it to this day. Marc’s son Will, 28, inherited the same predisposition toward the restaurant business: not only does he co-own three restaurants in New York – Willow RoadToro and another forthcoming spot within the same Chelsea building – Will was one of our 2012 30 Under 30. Father and son chatted with us about four generations of Malnati eateries.




ZAGAT: Toro Brings Barcelona-Style Tapas to Chelsea

September 24, 2013


In an area sorely devoid of affordable, yet outstanding restaurant selections, South Chelsea now has a major contender on its hands in Toro. The Barcelona-style tapas joint is imported directly from Boston, where chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette run a mini-empire of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. The first NYC project for the Beantown-based chefs is nothing short of a major coup for the NY dining community in one of the most stunning restaurant spaces around. We stopped by last night to get a peek at the space, the vibe and, of course the food. Is NYC still hungry for Spanish tapas? If done correctly, we think absolutely.