Emmett Burke
Photos courtesy of Emmett’s (Patrick Dolande) and Emmett’s on Grove (Liz Clayman), Raoul’s, and Ernesto’s. Photo composite by Noëmie Carrant.

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Where Emmett Burke From New York’s Emmett’s Takes Out-of-Towners


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Where do chefs and restaurateurs go and, more importantly, where do they love to eat? In Resy Regulars, we ask Resy chefs and industry folks to tell us where they’re regulars.

In this edition, we’re talking with Emmett Burke, the owner of two wildly popular Chicago-style pizzerias: Emmett’s on MacDougal Street, and the supper-club-style Emmett’s on Grove.

Native Chicagoan Burke has lived and worked in the city since falling in love with it during his time at Fordham University. He’s no stranger to the feelings of out-of-towners (being one himself, originally), and knows that the best spots to take guests are the places you find yourself at, again and again.

“A lot of these spots have this real passion to do something cool and special. Those are the things that ring true to me,” Burke says. “When people visit New York, they want to go to the ‘old world’ spots. It’s just a feeling — you can’t really recreate something like the dining room at Raoul’s, for example. It’s been shaped and molded by all the people that have been there for years.”

Here are a few of his favorite spots to show off to out-of-towners, in his own words.