You can soon eat Gabe Rucker's food in Manhattan.
The Le Pigeon chef is one of the first four chefs tapped to create dishes for Food & Wine magazine's new pop-up-turned-restaurant Chefs Club. And since the lineup is culled from the magazine's Best New Chef award winners, you can expect several more PDX chefs taking turns in the future, including Jenn Louis of Lincoln, who is immortalized in a collage of chef drawings on the wall.
Eater New York reports that the restaurant is opening Friday in lower Manhattan's Soho area, with four guest chefs from around the country taking turns spending time in the kitchen. However, instead of each chef crafting his or her own menu, they'll all contribute dishes that will appear at the same time, rotating out as new chefs rotate in with the next season.
Rucker's dishes include a starter of smoked and seared foie gras, and two poultry entrees — chicken with truffles, and the fittingly named "Le Pigeon," a grilled squab with chestnuts.
Executive chef Didier Elena (formerly of Adour) is overseeing the kitchen and rounding out the menu with his own additions.
Not only is Chefs Club the only restaurant where you can taste the food F&W Best New Chef award-winners in one place, you can also drool over the food porn in the magazine while eating it. The "salad of the month" is born from each issue. And they're serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast that's pulled entirely from the magazine's Thanksgiving edition.