I am curious what everyone thinks about who are the top rising most creative chefs in New York City (any borough). For the sake of this thread, this automatically disqualifies people who already have Michelin stars as a head chef, but not necessarily a James Beard award or nomination. This also hopefully means the restaurant is somewhat affordable, as they are not completely in the limelight yet. I'm talking about chefs who are young but could be the next Daniel Humm or Matthew Lightner, Eric Ripert, Ferran Adria, etc... but younger and on the rise.
To start the list, from experience I would suggest Angelo Romano (formerly of Masten Lake in Brooklyn). He is one of the most creative and inventive young chefs I have seen. His food was remarkable, extremely surprising, and the platings were like Jackson Pollock paintings.
I have also heard great things about Frej, the Scandinavian inspired pop-up restaurant. I'm going to try it in a couple weeks. Or perhaps, Ignacio Mattos at Isa in Brooklyn?
Would love to hear your suggestions and your Top 3! This could be a great resource.