Photographs and Quotes from Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky at Bear in Queens, New York City.
"I love the meat market and bakeries in Astoria. I love the spice and oil markets in Woodside. I love the unique deli markets in Brooklyn, like Shelsky's and Sahadis. The Moscow on the Hudson in Washington Heights."
"I love preparing traditional Russian and Ukrainian dishes that would only be prepared for holidays or special events, so there is always a feeling of ceremony when working on them."
"Putting together pickles, beets, and marinated herring is not a combo you see on many menus today, but I know it will one day morph into some form of a Russian-American classic."
Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky is the owner of Bear, a fine-dining restaurant and bar in New York City's thriving neighborhood of Long Island City, which she opened in 2011. We paid her a visit and had a great time. Her kitchen is amazing!