Travel 1 minute 03 June 2024

Where Semma's Vijay Kumar Goes in NYC

From cheap eats to special occasions, the chef behind One MICHELIN Star Semma reveals his go-to spots.

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Originally from India, Chef Vijay Kumar spent time in California before switching coasts and moving to New York City, where he heads the acclaimed One MICHELIN Star Semma. While he's found most days behind the stove in the restaurant, he's always eager to get out and explore New York City's many offerings. We caught up with him recently to learn a few of his favorite spots. 

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Where do you grab a coffee?

Bluestone Lane, which is right across the street from Semma, or Kolkata Chai Company for a taste of home.

What's your favorite breakfast/lunch spot?

Clinton Street Baking Company 

What's your after-hours go-to? 

Kati Roll or Mamoun’s Falafel

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Ashley Sears / Dillon Burke

What's your guilty pleasure? 

Los Tacos No.1 at Chelsea Market, tacos from Jalapeño Food Truck while on my way to catch the Path train home , and dollar pizza from the pizzeria around the corner from Semma. 

Where would you go for a special occasion?


Where would you bring an out-of-towner? 

Cote, Don Angie, or Dame .

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Alex Staniloff / Evan Sung

Tell us about a favorite place in New York City.

One of my favorite spots in NYC is the path by the Hudson River in the summertime. It always feels so magical and refreshing to get the breeze from the river while enjoying the breathtaking views.  

Where might we find you on your day off?

I love to take short road trips and explore the nearest natural attractions and enjoy the local food scene.

Hero image: Courtesy of Vijay Kumar


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