Chef Berenice DeAraujo Loves Dirty Martinis, Blue Cheese Fries, and Dining at the Bar
Where do chefs go and, more importantly, where do they love to eat? In Resy Regulars, we ask Resy chefs to tell us where they’re regulars.
For the past nine years, chef Berenice DeAraujo has been running the behind-the-scenes operations of chef John Fraser’s evolving restaurant empire as its vice president of culinary. Fraser’s restaurants, which include the newly opened La Marchande, and acclaimed spots like Iris and the Terrace and Outdoor Gardens at the Edition Times Square, are known for their imaginative, playful, and technical cooking.
DeAraujo first stepped onto the scene as chef de cuisine at Narcissa, Fraser’s now-closed restaurant at The Standard East Village, and climbed up the company ranks to her current role, where she now manages a constantly changing portfolio of restaurants located in New York, Los Angeles, and New York’s North Fork.
Work weeks, needless to say, are busy for DeAraujo, so for her, a day off is a stroll in the park. Literally. But one that’s also punctuated by sit-down meals at classic New York joints where she catches up with other local regulars.
Here’s a look at how she’d spend a typical day off in New York City, and all the places where she calls herself a regular.