City Hall Restaurant, Henry Meer

Henry Meer
Henry Meer

Henry Meer, Chef
City Hall Restaurant
131 Duane St.

Dish served?
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?

Beverage/dish pairing?
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.

Splurge utensil?
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.

Common mistake
Not caramelizing (browning) their protein, and making sure their knives are sharp.

Cooking injury?
Other than the occasional cut and burn, I have been very fortunate and cautious and have avoided any serious injuries.

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