Chef & Owner, Loring Place
Born and raised in NYC, Dan Kluger is chef and owner of the highly-acclaimed Loring Place, a seasonal American restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village. Having cooked in some of New York’s most esteemed kitchens and for the city’s top restaurateurs including Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Loring Place is Dan’s first solo project and features a vegetable-forward and shareable menu spotlighting farms and farmers whom Dan has gotten to know intimately over 20+ years in the industry and from frequenting the Union Square Greenmarket.
The menu at Loring Place is guided first and foremost by the bounty of the greenmarket, a practice that Kluger began early in his career at Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). In his first restaurant job as a maître d’ at Union Square Cafe in 1995, Kluger was responsible for printing the night’s specials, and learned about local produce in the process, until he was offered his first kitchen position as a prep cook. It was USC that first opened his eyes to the wonders of seasonal cooking and he spent the next two and a half years working his way through every station.
In 1999, Dan was asked to be a part of the opening team of Tabla Restaurant and spent the next seven years working his way up, becoming Tabla’s first Chef de Cuisine. Under Chef Floyd Cardoz’s direction, Dan was able to fine-tune his cooking techniques, the balance of flavors and textures in his dishes, and the use of Indian spices. Upon leaving Tabla, Dan was hired by Tom Colicchio as the Executive Chef for a project he was consulting on called The Core Club. Dan spent the next four years as the clubs culinary leader transforming the way a “members only” dining room was experienced.
Dan left The Core Club in late 2008 to join the Jean-Georges team where he’s helped open restaurants in Arizona, Utah, DC and New York. In 2010, Dan opened ABC Kitchen as the executive chef and while there won multiple awards including the 2011 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant as well as being honored as Food & Wine Best New Chef of 2012. In 2013, he added another ABC restaurant to his resume ABC Cocina, leading both Kitchen and Cocina as the Executive Chef. Most recently Dan was nominated for the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef New York City. When Dan isn’t cooking, he spends time with his wife and two daughters.