Photos courtesy of Ayaka Guido and abc kitchen

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ABC Kitchen Chef Ayaka Guido’s Favorite Spots for Dining Out with Friends


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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.

In this edition, we’re chatting with Ayaka Guido, the new chef de cuisine at abc kitchen by Jean-Georges, who joined the restaurant in July. For the past six years, Guido has worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants throughout the city. She helped open the Tin Building and cooked at Public Kitchen (now closed) and in between, she was a sous chef at Per Se. Now that she’s helming abc kitchen, she’s focused on showcasing seasonal vegetables in fun, shareable plates.

On her time off — Sundays and Mondays, as well as late nights during the week — she seeks out restaurants ideal for sharing dishes with friends. That means cilantro-loaded carrot salads, “sweating-out-of-your-eyeballs” spicy larb, and maybe even 15 bottles or so of Champagne for dinner. Everything goes. There’s just one rule: “We can never order the same thing,” Guido says. “That way, we can all try other things. That’s the deal with my husband and my friends.”

Here are a few of her favorite group dining spots, in her own words.