Ryan Hardy and Robert Bohr are two of the most hospitable and generous people I have ever met. Paige and I worked at their restaurant, Charlie Bird this past year. CB embodies their gracious spirits and good natures. There are so many places that Paige and I will miss in NYC, but as we fly to LA, and then to Thailand, we would be remiss in not paying homage to our beloved CB and the men who make it what it is.
Robert is an NYU graduate, a successful veteran of the ultra-competitive NY restaurant scene, and a gangster wine kingpin. Chef Ryan is one of America's most sustainable chefs. Mr. Hardy wields his culinary talent and impeccable taste, to create fun, delicious, healthy dishes. I could enjoy a glass of Carricante, with a plate of razor clams every day of my life.
In Wu-Tang Clan fashion, they "form like Voltron" to bring us a sleek, stylish, restaurant, which embraces NY culture. In the summer, on Sixth Ave. between King St. and Houston, hip-hop pours out of the modern, floor-to-ceiling windows into the concrete jungle.
Since opening in June of 2013, Charlie Bird has keyed in on what is trendy in the NY restaurant scene and added a massive dose of class and hospitality. This recipe for success has quickly made CB a destination for serious diners. From the succinct-yet-eclectic wine list, to the unpretentious well-executed menu, to the clean thoughtful design of the dining room: Charlie Bird is changing the concept of what a hot restaurant should be.
Before arriving at CB, Paige and I had worked in many high-pressure environments and had some really bad experiences. When Paige started at Charlie Bird, before I did, her stories sounded too good to be true: great food, excellent service, and owners who cared, with a vision outside of just making dollars.
I was still skeptical when I arrived to do my tasting for Chef Ryan, but I was excited. No other chef I'd worked for had asked me to do a tasting. Throughout the experience, everyone --from Chef de Cuisine, John Paidas, to Prep Cook Supreme, Blas Aurelio -- was hospitable and helpful to me. It was clear upon talking to Ryan afterwards, that the owners were responsible for creating this positive environment.
For our entire tenure at CB, Robert and Ryan showed us the respect that they commanded. No matter how hard we worked, they worked harder, and pushed us to be better. If I ever work for anyone other than Shade Market again I would prefer extremely that it be for Robert Bohr and Ryan Hardy. Thank you Charlie Bird for teaching us, nurturing us, and supporting us in our new venture. We love you immensely and already miss you tremendously. Keep crushin it! Peace!
This is the last post in the "Peace NY" series here are some other places to say Peace to: Benny's Delice (Nora), La Taza de Oro, Chuko, Roberta's, Estela, Lupa, Al di la, The Nomad, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Di Fara, Totonno's, Lucali, Shanghai Cafe, NY Noodle Town, Super Taste, Wo Hop, Miss Korea BBQ, Kunjip, Wonjo, Bonchon, Weather Up, Blind Tiger, Lit Lounge, Clover Club, Hot Bird, Macdougal St. Ale House. Thank you all for contributing to a greater NY in your own ways. To everyone we forgot, we love you too! Peace!