The New York Yankees season may need been a strikeout, however chef Marcus Samuelsson’s show, out each Tuesday on the YES Network app, is a grand slam.
In “Home Plate,” Samuelsson, 50, ventures out to a various number of NYC’s finest mother and pop eateries chosen by former Yankees — Bernie Williams, 53, and David Cone, 58 — the New York Liberty’s Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere, 22, alongside with Lorraine Bracco, 67, and Steve Schirripa, 64, of “The Sopranos.”
“It’s all we love about the city. It’s sports, it’s family, it’s people,” Samuelsson informed The Post about his new sequence, in which he helps put together quite a lot of dishes — from old-school Italian, Nigerian and Puerto Rican, all the way in which to some hardy Texas barbecue — with native cooks.
But the actual enjoyable goes down as Samuelsson yuks it up on the desk with these New York icons, who give him “a back of the house” look into their lives, style buds and achievements.
In one scene, Cone tells of a prank he pulled throughout the 2000 World Series, the place he satisfied late Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner that the Mets had been spying on their clubhouse, ensuing in the Boss pulling his perfect-game pitcher right into a headlock. When it involves adventures with Steinbrenner, Cone informed The Post, “There’s definitely a few of them that are almost ‘Seinfeld’ episode-like stories.”
In others, Williams reminisces about enjoying his guitar on rides to away video games — he even acquired Derek Jeter to sing Lionel Richie now and again — and Onyenwere shares some stunning info about her journey to success (together with that nobody in her household performed basketball).
Looking to eat like these large names? Here are their hand-picked spots, all primarily based on the cultures they grew up in.
David Cone’s pitch-perfect barbecue
Barbecue is simply shy of a faith in Cone’s native metropolis of Kansas City, Mo. — so he is aware of that Hill Country Barbecue Market in the Flatiron District means enterprise.
“It’s about as good as it gets in New York City,” the pitcher informed The Post. “The focus is on the meat instead of the sauces.”
Going behind the scenes with Hill Country’s culinary director, Ash Fulk, Cone and Samuelsson acquired a glimpse of what goes into the eatery’s iconic “classic brisket barbecue,” cooked on an enormous, custom-made smoker for about 13 hours.
The daughter of Nigerian mother and father, this WNBA standout was desirous to eat at one in all her favourite eating places, Buka, an African eatery in Brooklyn.
Actually, good Nigerian delicacies “was one of the first things” Onyenwere as soon as drafted to her New York staff, she mentioned.
Buka proprietor and chef Lookman Afolayan took Onyenwere and Samuelsson backstage to whip up a standard stew made with the cassava-based dough referred to as fufu, in addition to spicy meat skewers known as suya and jollof rice, which Samuelsson calls “the secret of West Africa.”
The spice and flare of Puerto Rican restaurant Counter & Bodega in Chelsea was good for Williams, a first-timer to the eatery and native of the island.
In their episode, chef Alejandro Carretero teaches Williams and Samuelsson the tips to creating sofrito sauce; plantain-based dishes reminiscent of mashed mofongo and stuffed-and-fried pionono; and a few delicious wanting empanadas.
The outfielder opens up about his ardour outdoors of baseball — enjoying guitar — and even performs some merengue tableside.
“Music came oddly enough at the same time I was playing baseball,” Williams informed Samuelsson about rising up in Puerto Rico.
Bracco and Schirripa selected to attempt Italian staple Enzo’s on Arthur Avenue for his or her episode, which airs Tuesday.
They headed to the kitchen to make numerous pork dishes, pastas and Enzo’s signature meatballs with onions and peppers, later sharing all kinds of tales from the “Sopranos” set, proprietor Ralph Martucci informed The Post.
“They really indulged in it. Steve loved the meatballs,” mentioned Martucci, whose restaurant was shuttered for 10 months throughout the pandemic.
Spotlighting NYC’s beleaguered restaurant business is a part of the show’s mission, mentioned its host.
“With COVID, we’ve all had to work harder to get back together,” Samuelsson mentioned. “It feels amazing to support these small business [with] some legends of our city.”