Jesse Schenker Is Closing Recette, His Flagship Restaurant

Staff Writer
The critically acclaimed tiny West Village restaurant will be closing as chef Schenker focuses on other projects
Recette has been a West Village culinary institution for six years.

Recette

Recette has been a West Village culinary institution for six years. 

Recette, the flagship tasting menu restaurant of critically acclaimed chef Jesse Schenker, will be shutting its doors for good.

Chef Schenker will instead focus on The Gander, his restaurant that opened two years ago in the Flatiron District.

Like many restaurants in New York City, a large part of why Recette is closing is tied to increasing rents, as well as the restaurant’s’ inconveniently small size, according to The New York Times. The restaurant could not even serve lunch, he says, because chefs had to prep in the dining room during the day.

“Recette will live on in the Gander’s dining room,” he told The New York Times, which gave Recette two stars in 2010. “Many of our customers wanted the Recette experience.”

Recette will serve its final meal on Saturday, and chef Schenker will be bringing his entire Recette staff over to The Gander to add à la carte options and a bar menu, as well as the tasting menu.

Related Links
Chef Jesse Schenker Entertains with Bone Marrow Q and A with Chef Jesse Schenker of The GanderRising Out of Addiction: Jesse Schenker Shares His StoryBehind the Swinging Doors: A Look Inside Recette’s KitchenJesse Schenker Celebrates Five Years of Recette with Weeklong 'Greatest Hits' Menu and New Sunday Supper Series