Damon Baehrel

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Damon Baehrel (born 1961/1962[1] in Massapequa, Long Island[2]), is a New York–based restaurateur.[1] He is the owner of the restaurant that carries his name, Damon Baehrel, located in the hamlet of Earlton in Coxsackie, New York.[1] Baehrel acts as the chef, the waiter, the grower, the forager, the gardener, the cheesemaker, the cured-meat maker.[1]


The restaurant is located in the basement of Damon and his wife's, Elizabeth Baehrel, home in the hamlet of Earlton in Coxsackie, New York.[3] Originally it was known as Damon Baehrel at The Basement Bistro, which was established in 1989 initially providing catering services.[1] The restaurant purports to acquire all its ingredients, such as pine flour, acorn oil and vinegars directly from the 12-acre property [3] except salt and seafood, and meats are sourced from a neighboring organic livestock farm.[4] The 16-seat restaurant as of February 2014 has a waiting list, in some reports, of 5 to 10 years.[3][4][5]


An August 2016 article in The New Yorker questioned many aspects of the restaurant's story, including whether the waiting list could actually be a decade or more long, and whether Bahrel is self-taught as a cook.[2][6]


Baehrel was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef Northeast", in 2013.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Damon Baehrel, Chef of Most Exclusive Restaurant in the U.S., Opens Up". Business Week. December 13, 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Paumgarten, Nick (August 29, 2016). "The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America – Damon Baehrel's methods are a marvel, and his tables are all booked until 2025. Or are they?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Inside the world's most exclusive restaurant - where you wait five years for a table". Daily Express. March 3, 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Saab, Elizabeth (June 6, 2014). "Damon Baehrel' is the hottest restaurant you never heard of". Fox News. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Exclusive restaurant in New York state has a 10-year wait list, but you've probably never heard of it". New York Daily News. March 14, 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ Crowley, Chris. "8 Takeaways From The New Yorker's Story On America's 'Most Exclusive' Restaurant".
  7. ^ "JBF is Awards - 2013". James Beard Foundation Award. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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