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Get to Know City Grit, New York’s First “Culinary Salon”

Even if New York is one of the finest dining cities anywhere, there’s still a great deal of culinary talent elsewhere. But thanks to Sarah Simmons and City Grit, many of the country’s most exciting chefs have a chance to visit NYC — and cook for a New York audience.


City Grit

A chef hard at work at City Grit

Run out of a former schoolhouse, City Grit shares its space with a showroom for WRK design. By night, the showroom is transformed into a supper club (or, as they call it, a “culinary salon”), with some of the meals prepared by Simmons herself, a formidable chef in her own right; and others presented by visiting chefs of all stripes. There’s no ordering and no bill at the end (except for wine, if you choose to drink); buy a ticket online ahead of time, then just show up, sit back and let the courses come to you.

Simmons has done a great deal with the space she has; within the last year, City Grit has featured such illustrious chefs as Paul Qui of Austin’s Qui; Chris Hastings of the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham; Ford Fry of Atlanta; and John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss. But she’s now looking to expand — and with her eye on a space for City Grit to call its own, she’s kicked off a Kickstarter campaign ( to raise the necessary funds.

Interested in a City Grit experience? Upcoming meals include a seafood supper on Aug. 13th (, with soft-shell crabs, scallops and more; and the summer Harvest dinner on Aug. 21 (, celebrating the best of summer’s bounty.

City Grit
38 Prince St.

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