New Restaurant in 2015
Born and raised in NYC, Dan Kluger grew up in a family where cooking always played a major role. Kluger attended Syracuse University where he majored in Nutrition and Hospitality Management. He spent his externship in the dining room of Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe and after graduation returned to work in the front of house until he was offered his first kitchen position as a prep cook. It was USC that 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 Kluger 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, Kluger 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.
Kluger joined the Jean-Georges team in late 2008 where he helped open restaurants in Arizona, Utah, DC and New York. In 2010, Kluger opened ABC Kitchen as the Executive Chef. While there, he 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, Kluger 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. He is in the process of opening his own restaurant slated for late 2015, as well as consulting on many projects throughout New York City and working on his first cookbook. When Dan isn't cooking, he spends his time with his wife and two daughters.