Chris Santos Like to Share

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Julian Cassady
Friday, February 10, 2017

What’s better than sharing a good meal? Sharing a good meal from a celebrated chef.

On February 7, Chef Chris Santos hosted a launch party for his newly released inaugural cookbook, Share: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table.

“I think it’s a bucket list item for a chef [to release a cookbook],” says Santos. “It’s every young cook’s dream to become a chef where you’re relevant enough to have a cookbook.”

Santos has made his mark on the Lower East Side as the executive chef of restaurants Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. The cookbook features over 100 recipes made for family-style dining, as well as small plates to serve while entertaining.

The recipes include the communal dishes that have become the hallmark of Santos’s establishments. But his favorite in the book is the only recipe that’s not his: “My mom’s chorizo sloppy Joe’s,” says Santos. “Outside of that, it would have to be the French onion soup dumplings.” The dumplings have been featured on Food Network’s Best Things I Ever Ate. After keeping them on the menu for 12 years, Santos admits that he’s personally tired of eating them, but “they’ve become iconic,” he says.

His ideal last meal?

“Tacos on the beach in Mexico.”

Until then, there’s plenty to indulge in on the Lower East Side.


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