Ken Oringer

Chef

Boston

Ken Oringer has worked in some of the finest kitchens in the United States. But it all started when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” Following graduation, Oringer worked under chef David Burke at New York’s River Café before he was named pastry chef at Al Forno in Providence, R.I. His next stop was Boston, where he worked at Le Marquis de Lafayette under chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. To enhance his culinary skills and proficiency with American wines, Oringer looked to the West and became chef de cuisine at Silks. In 1997, he returned to Boston to open Clio. In 2002, he added culinary vista of the Far East to his repertoire with the highly lauded sashimi bar Uni in Clio’s lounge. And in 2005, he debuted his Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant, Toro, in Boston’s South End. In September 2013, he opened a second Toro location — this time in New York City.

  • On October 18, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Which five Boston restaurants are best for brunch?

    My favorite is going to Chinatown for dim sum. Usually I’ll go to Chow Chow City or Gourmet Dumpling House, which doesn’t necessarily have dim sum but the dumplings are amazing. The scallion pancakes are second to none and the spicy Szechuan fish soup is the best in the city (both at Gourmet Dumpling House).

    East Coast Grill is phenomenal. I love, love, love that place for brunch.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite places for brunch in Boston?

    My favorite is going to Chinatown for dim sum. Usually I’ll go to Chow Chow City or Gourmet Dumpling House, which doesn’t necessarily have dim sum but the dumplings are amazing. The scallion pancakes are second to none and the spicy Szechuan fish soup is the best in the city (both at Gourmet Dumpling House). East Coast Grill is phenomenal. I love, love, love that place for brunch.
  • On October 1, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite bars and lounges in Boston?

    I love Drink for cocktails. For bars, sometimes I actually like to go to Something Leaf and sit down and have a martini with my friend Lid the Kid. And I love Amberdine Cocktail Bar. 
  • On October 1, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite bars and lounges in Boston?

    I love Drink for cocktails. For bars, sometimes I actually like to go to Something Leaf and sit down and have a martini with my friend Lid the Kid. And I love Amberdine Cocktail Bar. 
  • On October 1, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite bars and lounges in Boston?

    Totally, Drink for cocktails, I love. For bars, sometimes I actually like to go to Something Leaf and sit down and have a martini with my friend Lid the Kid. And I love Amberdine Cocktail Bar
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite bars and lounges in Boston?

    Totally, Drink for cocktails, I love. For bars, sometimes I actually like to go to Something Leaf and sit down and have a martini with my friend Lid the Kid. And I love Amberdine Cocktail Bar
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite bars and lounges in Boston?

    Totally, Drink for cocktails, I love. For bars, sometimes I actually like to go to Something Leaf and sit down and have a martini with my friend Lid the Kid. And I love Amberdine Cocktail Bar
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What does Ken Oringer like about The Eliot Hotel in Boston?

    It has that small time, European, almost family-run hotel feel. The staff is so accommodating. You could say that you need a babysitter and they’ll have their daughter coming to babysit. You could say you need tickets to a Red Sox game and they’ll get you tickets. No request is too small and I love hotels like that.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What does Ken Oringer like about The Eliot Hotel in Boston?

    It has that small time, European, almost family-run hotel feel. The staff is so accommodating. You could say that you need a babysitter and they’ll have their daughter coming to babysit. You could say you need tickets to a Red Sox game and they’ll get you tickets. No request is too small and I love hotels like that.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Is there something Ken Oringer always has to eat in Rome?

    Always the pizza bianca and cacio e pepe, I love. Then right off il Campo de Fiori, there is a famous pig butchery store.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Is there something Ken Oringer always has to eat in Rome?

    Always the pizza bianca and cacio e pepe, I love. Then right off il Campo de Fiori, there is a famous pig butchery store.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite hot spots for food in Barcelona?

    Well now the Adrià brothers have two new places that I am dying to go to — one is called Tickets and one is called 41 Degrees. One is a cocktail/tapas place and the other is a tapas place. So I can’t wait to check those out. There is another one called Dos Pallellos; so it’s two things that are near and dear to my heart. It is a Spanish guy cooking Asian tapas — really funky, Asian-inspired stuff. We love a lot of the classic ones like Quimette & Quimette. Everything comes from a can there. A lot of Americans say “How can you eat there when everything comes from a can?” But it works. They get the best of the best. You’re going to eat some razor clams from a can that are probably better than if they were fresh. Tapas 24 that has a creative mind behind traditional tapas. All the food there is spectacular.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    What are Ken Oringer's favorite hot spots for food in Barcelona?

    Well now the Adrià brothers have two new places that I am dying to go to — one is called Tickets and one is called 41 Degrees. One is a cocktail/tapas place and the other is a tapas place. So I can’t wait to check those out. There is another one called Dos Pallellos; so it’s two things that are near and dear to my heart. It is a Spanish guy cooking Asian tapas — really funky, Asian-inspired stuff. We love a lot of the classic ones like Quimette & Quimette. Everything comes from a can there. A lot of Americans say “How can you eat there when everything comes from a can?” But it works. They get the best of the best. You’re going to eat some razor clams from a can that are probably better than if they were fresh. Tapas 24 that has a creative mind behind traditional tapas. All the food there is spectacular.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Where does Ken Oringer stay in Paris?

    I stay in the Marais, because fortunately my wife’s parents have an apartment there. Or sometimes we’ll rent a flat there as well. I love L’As du Falafel, which I think is the best falafel anywhere in the world, which is located right behind the apartment. There’s a great little steakhouse called Chez Robert et Louise, which is a really fun place where they cook the steaks right in the fireplace. But you have to make sure that you ask to sit upstairs — they put all the Americans downstairs usually.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Ken Oringer answered the question: Ken Oringer

    Where does Ken Oringer stay in Paris?

    I stay in the Marais, because fortunately my wife’s parents have an apartment there. Or sometimes we’ll rent a flat there as well. I love L’As du Falafel, which I think is the best falafel anywhere in the world, which is located right behind the apartment. There’s a great little steakhouse called Chez Robert et Louise, which is a really fun place where they cook the steaks right in the fireplace. But you have to make sure that you ask to sit upstairs — they put all the Americans downstairs usually.