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Henry Meer, Chef
City Hall Restaurant
131 Duane St.
We always serve an awesome selection of ice creams and sorbets. They have been a hit with the kids (and adults). We make them specially for the Taste. Who doesn’t LOVE homemade ice cream and sorbets?
If I was a kid, I would order a plate of City Hall cookies and a glass of milk. If I was a parent, I would order a selection of our many dessert wines, maybe a Moscato d’Asti.
Who taught you to cook?
My grandmother was a wonderful baker from Eastern Europe. Unfortunately she never used recipes; it was all by touch. She made the most amazing Lemon Bars.
Favorite food growing up?
Growing up in Manhattan my favorite foods were pizza, Pastrami sandwiches from the Second Avenue Deli, kosher hot dogs, egg creams from Dave’s Corner and Chinese food.
In today’s world it should be a Vita Mixer. This mixer can make everything from soups, and sauces, to fresh raw juices. Twenty years ago it would have been a sharp knife and peeler.
Not caramelizing (browning) their protein, and making sure their knives are sharp.
Other than the occasional cut and burn, I have been very fortunate and cautious and have avoided any serious injuries.