The New York Yankees season may have been a strikeout, but chef Marcus Samuelsson’s show every Tuesday on the Yes Network app is a grand slam.
In “Home Plate,” Samuelson, 50, former Yankees—Bernie Williams, 53, and David Cohn, 58—venture to a diverse selection of NYC’s best mom and pop eateries, chosen by New York Liberty’s Rookie of the Year Michaela Oenwehr. Huh. Lorraine Bracco, 67, and Steve Schirripa, 64, with “The Sopranos”
“It’s all we love about the city. It’s the sport, it’s the family, it’s the people,” Samuelson told The Post about his new series, in which he helps prepare a variety of dishes. – from old-school Italian, Nigerian and Puerto Rican, to some hardy Texas barbecue – with local chefs.
But the real fun falls short as Samuelson struts it all over the table with these New York icons, who give them a look at their lives, taste buds, and accomplishments in the “behind the house.”
In one scene, Coen recounts a prank drawn during the 2000 World Series, where he convinced late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner that the Mets were spying on his clubhouse, which resulted in the boss losing his entire-game Pulled the pitcher into a headlock. When it comes to adventures with Steinbrenner, Koen told The Post, “There are definitely some of them that are almost like a ‘Seinfeld’ episode.”
In others, Williams reminisced about riding his guitar to distant games — he even got Derek Jeter to sing Lionel Richie on occasion — and Oyenwar shared some surprising facts about his journey to success. (In which no one in his family played basketball).
Want to eat like these big names? Here are his hand-picked locations, all based on the cultures he grew up in.
David Kohn’s Pitch-Perfect Barbecue
Con’s native town, Mohd. Barbecue in the U.S. is shy of a religion—so he knows the Hill Country Barbecue Market in the Flatiron District means business.
“It’s about as good as it gets in New York City,” the pitcher told The Post. “The focus is on the meat rather than the sauce.”
Hill Country’s culinary director, Ash Fulk, went behind the scenes with Cone and Samuelson to get a glimpse of what goes into the eatery’s iconic “classic brisket barbecue,” which is simmered for nearly 13 hours of massive, custom-made smoking. Cooked on the doer.
Hill Country Barbecue Markethandjob 30 W. 26th St.; hillcountry.com
Michaela Onyen’s beloved Nigerian cuisine was
The daughter of Nigerian parents, this WNBA standout was eager to eat at her favorite restaurant, Buka, an African eatery in Brooklyn.
In fact, good Nigerian cuisine was “one of the first things” Onyen once prepared for his New York team, she said.
Buka owner and chef Lukman Afolayan took Oyenvere and Samuelsson backstage to create a traditional stew made from a cassava-based dough known as fufu, as well as soaked skewers of spicy meat. and Jollof rice, which Samuelson calls “the secret of West Africa.” “
Buka, 946 Fulton St., Clinton Hill; bucannewyork.com
Bernie Williams’ Puerto Rican Pick
The spice and flare of Puerto Rican restaurant Counter & Bodega in Chelsea was perfect for Williams, a first for the eatery and the island native.
In his episode, Chef Alejandro Carretero teaches Williams and Samuelsson how to make sofrito sauce; Plantain-based dishes like Mashed Mofongo and Stuffed-and-Fried Pionono; And some great looking empanadas.
The outfielder opens up about his passion outside of baseball — playing the guitar — and even does some merengue tableside.
Williams told Samuelson of growing up in Puerto Rico, “When I was playing baseball, the music came on quite strangely.”
Counter and Bodega, 216 Seventh Avenue, Chelsea; CounterAndBodega.com
A ‘Sopranos’ reunion in the Bronx
Bracco and Schirripa decided to try the Italian staple Enzo on Arthur Avenue for their episode that aired Tuesday.
They went to the kitchen to make various pork dishes, pasta and Enzo’s signature meatballs with onions and peppers, later sharing all kinds of stories from the “Sopranos” set, owner Ralph Martucci told The Post.
“They were really into it. Steve loved meatballs,” said Martucci, whose restaurant was closed for 10 months during the pandemic.
Spotlighting NYC’s beleaguered restaurant industry is part of the show’s mission, its host said.
Samuelson said, “With Covid, it has been hard for all of us to get back together.” “It feels amazing to support these small businesses. [with] Some legends of our city. ”
Enzo, 2339 Arthur Avenue, Little Italy, The Bronxo; EnzosArthurAve.com