NYC Best Barbecue: RUB, 208 W. 23rd St. (tel. 212/524-4300; www.rubbbq.net). Co-owner Paul Kirk brings his Kansas City pit prowess to New York, with mouthwatering results. Try the Taste of the Baron, a little bit of everything for a big crowd.
A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Michael Schulson chef and owner of Izakaya, a modern Japanese pub in Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, and the brand-new Sampan, an intimate modern Asian restaurant in Center City, Philadelphia.