Where do you like to grab a bite when you're leaving your own restaurant?
I've always been a good fan of Blue Ribbon Sushi. It's a very consistent, great place and open late. It's always been convenient. I've been going there for over a decade. The first time I went, I was a novice to sushi because I had just moved to New York. It was one o'clock in the morning and was a wonderful environment to try [sushi] in.
Outside Blue Ribbon SushiWhat are your favorite things to order there?
I cannot go there without having the kaki fri oyster roll. It's so delicious. They also do probably the best green tea crème brûlée I've ever seen. There's a really nice agadashi miso broth there, too.
Any fun stories from nights at Blue Ribbon?
A few years ago, I was on a date there and the table next to me was Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake -- when they were still together -- along with Drew Barrymore and whoever she was dating at the time. I didn't even recognize them.
Photo of Liebrandt by Evan Sung
Blue Ribbon Sushi, 119 Sullivan St.; Open daily, noon-2am