Top 100 Independents: The Northeast

Abe Fisher
Abe Fisher

Historic landmark restaurants, high-performers, outstanding new concepts—meet the best operators in cities that are gaining traction as culinary destinations.

Abe Fisher


The restaurant is known for its contemporary Jewish cuisine like the Montreal-spiced, smoked short rib with house-made rye and mustards.

Opened ∕ August 2014

Projected Annual Sales ∕ Over $2 million

Average Check ∕ $55

Owners ∕ Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook



Located in a historic row house, this French fine-dining restaurant is known for its updated classics like Rabbit Pot au Feu, as well as its modern selections—Escargot with Fiddlehead Ferns, Bacon, Sherry and Crème Fraiche.

Opened ∕ May 2014

Annual Sales ∕ $1–$1.5 million

Average Check ∕ $44–$68

Chef/Owner ∕ Townsend Wentz

City Tavern


Originally from Germany, Chef Staib has become passionate about American Culinary Heritage, locating his acclaimed City Tavern in a centuries-old building owned by the National Parks Service.

Opened ∕ 1773, under current ownership since July 1994.

Annual Sales ∕ $3.8 million

Average Check ∕ $35 per person; $120 per check

Chef/Owner ∕ Walter Staib



The frequently rotating menu focuses on urban Mediterranean food and house-made charcuterie, with more than 20 styles of salumi curing at any given time.

Opened ∕ December 2011

Average Check ∕ $58

Annual Sales ∕ $1.25 million

Chef/Owner ∕ Justin Severino

Bar Marco


Chef Jamilka Borges uses French and Italian techniques to prepare locally sourced foods. Servers do not accept gratuities; everyone is on salary with benefits and bonuses.

Opened / December 2011

Annual Sales ∕ $1 million

Average Check ∕ $125 in the fine-dining and wine rooms. $45 in the bar room.

Owners ∕ Kevin Cox, Bobby Fry, Michael Kreha, and Justin Steel


Rockland, Maine

Chef Kelly won the 2013 James Beard Best Chef: Northeast award, repeating her 1999 win and making her the first two-time winner of the same award.

Opened ∕ April 2000

Average Check ∕ $75

Chef/Owner ∕ Melissa Kelly

Tao Yuan

Brunswick, Maine

Asian-influenced small plates and the mother/daughter team prove to be winning models, and Chef Cara was nominated for James Beard: Rising Star Chef in 2014.

Opened ∕ June 2012

Annual Sales ∕ $1.5 million

Average Check ∕ $47

Owners ∕ Chef Cara Stadler and Cecile Stadler


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