29 Aug Celebrity chef David Burke to bring Cuban-Asian food to Fort Lee with Ventanas restaurant
Esther Davidowitz, NorthJersey
David Burke, an Iron Chef America regular, with a slew of restaurants including the relatively new Tavern62 in New York; Dirt House in Sea Bright; and the see-and-be-seen BLT Prime by David Burke at Trump International Hotel in DC, said he’s excited by the project, especially about creating Korean-style food. “I love Asian food,” he said. “Every time you have something from another culture, it leads to something else.” Besides, he said, “Korean food is hot now.”
He added, “This will be more exciting for me because it’s thinking outside-of-the-box of what people expect from me.” He is also thrilled that it’s not another steakhouse, another Italian restaurant, or another Korean restaurant in North Jersey. “This will be unique,” he said. “I think there’s room for a new concept.”
Duran, too, is excited, especially about the big space. “I like big,” Duran said. Thus, he is planning on a 100-person patio with an outdoor bar and 82-inch TV. A dining room that feeds 150 people. A large lounge area for people to enjoy drinks and mingle. He is also planning on offering music.
How did Burke and Duran meet? Burke one night came to check out Son Cubano – and loved the concept.
Duran maintains that despite Burke’s many other obligations, the chef will be in the kitchen of Ventanas. “Oh, he’ll be there,” he said. “He lives there.”
Asked if that’s true, Burke laughed, and then added, “I’ll probably begin and end my days there. I do live there.”