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Chef Paul Liebrandt Gets Oyster Maki With a Side of Celeb Sightings at Blue Ribbon Sushi

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 4.07.23 PM.pngEach week in our Chefs Off Duty series, we talk to some of our favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Paul Liebrandt, the chef behind The Elm, the newly-opened restaurant inside the King & Grove Williamsburg, and formerly of Michelin starred Corton.

Where do you like to grab a bite when you're leaving your own restaurant?

I've always been a good fan of Blue Ribbon Sushi. It's a very consistent, great place and open late. It's always been convenient. I've been going there for over a decade. The first time I went, I was a novice to sushi because I had just moved to New York. It was one o'clock in the morning and was a wonderful environment to try [sushi] in.

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 3.59.21 PM.pngOutside Blue Ribbon Sushi

What are your favorite things to order there?

I cannot go there without having the kaki fri oyster roll. It's so delicious. They also do probably the best green tea crème brûlée I've ever seen. There's a really nice agadashi miso broth there, too.

Any fun stories from nights at Blue Ribbon?

A few years ago, I was on a date there and the table next to me was Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake -- when they were still together -- along with Drew Barrymore and whoever she was dating at the time. I didn't even recognize them.

Photo of Liebrandt by Evan Sung

Blue Ribbon Sushi, 119 Sullivan St.; Open daily, noon-2am

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