New York Magazine

Rocco Returns

The TV “personality” is back in the kitchen at the Meatpacking District’s Standard Grill.
The Standard Grill

Standard Grill

848 Washington St., at 13th St.


LIKE MOST TALENTED athletes or artists, great chefs tend to have careers with many stages, though the multiple chapters and side notes that make up the Rocco DiSpirito story have been more jumbled and dramatic than most. There were the long-ago prodigy years at forgotten ’90s-era establishments like Annabelle, Dava, and, finally, the superb seafood restaurant Union Pacific, which vaulted the boyish wunderkind from Queens into the stratosphere of that chef-centric era. There was the dispiriting early celebrity phase of the Rocco story, in which our hero is lured away from the kitchen by crackpot reality-TV schemes

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