On the Road: Eat Like an Iron Chef

Recreate some of the most drool-worthy moments of The Next Iron Chef by heading to the winners’ and competitors’ restaurants.

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From the deliciously experimental small plates at Jehangir Mehta’s Graffiti to Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lamb's Club and the phenomenal Asian fusion at Morimoto, you’re bound to find a secret ingredient to your liking.

1. Red Rooster
Wherever Chopped judge Marcus Samuelsson cooks, you can be sure his flavors will pull from his past and present. Red Rooster is no exception. Marcus serves modern Harlem comfort foods like Fried Yard Bird and Mac & Greens. As a nod to his Swedish roots, he's added Helga's Meatballs to the menu.

2. Graffiti
Iron Chef 2010 runner-up Jehangir Mehta doesn't understand "bigger is better." In just a 50 square foot kitchen, he leaves diners full on flavor with his small plates that perfectly juxtapose sweet and savory. Think Braised Pork Buns with Apricot Chutney or Hazelnut Chocolate Caviar.

3. Babbo
A New York favorite, some claim Mario Batali's Babbo makes the best pasta in NYC. As an Italian cooking ambassador, Mario modeled Babbo's menu after traditional Italian with some unexpected flavors. Everything is molto delicioso from the goat cheese tortellini to black spaghetti with fennel.

4. The Darby
This modern-day supper club takes a cue from the glitzy jazz lounges of the 1950s. Take a seat, swing to live jazz music and revel in the New American menu created by our own Alex Guarnaschelli. From crab cake appetizers to velvety desserts, Alex captures one thing: pure decadence.

5. Morimoto
Like the sleek lines of Iron Chef Morimoto's iconic specs, the Morimoto menu has been crafted with precision and style. The result is utter sushi heaven. Unfamiliar with tuna tartare and sashimi? Venture out with the "Chef's Choice" tasting menu. Good for starters and better for groups.

6. The Lamb's Club
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian opened The Lambs Club in the fall of 2010. Pictures of icons from Humphrey Bogart to Woody Allen line the walls in homage to the Lambs, a prestigious theater group that once occupied the space. Try the Steak Tartare for a lunch Zakarian calls "very easy to eat."

7. The National
The idea behind Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's The National was to produce accessible yet refined flavors. The décor evokes a European bistro, while the menu modernizes New American cuisine. The "Ugly" Burger doesn't disappoint with housemade pickles, fiery jalapenos and the tasty "NTL sauce."

8. Casa Mono
Casa Mono, Mario Batali's cozy tapas joint near Union Square, serves up small plate classics like Pork Croquetas, Spanish Mackerel and Razor Clams A La Plancha.

9. Del Posto
Batali goes a bit more high-end with Del Posto, a palatial, yet comfortable Italian spot in New York's trendy Meatpacking District.

10. Bar Americain
Bobby's bold flavors come full circle at Bar Amercain, where he's infused classic American cuisine with a Tex-Mex kick. You'll devour his favorite dish, Gulf Shrimp and Grits sprinkled with green onions and bacon. Fish lovers will soak up the Fulton Fish Market Cioppino with Sourdough Toast.

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