LINCOLN SQUARE — So long sushi, hello empanadas.
Chef Chrissy Camba will take over the kitchen, with an emphasis on Filipino/American cuisine.
"Sushi is everywhere; you can buy it at Walgreens," owner Franco Gianni told Crain's. "The cachet of going out and dining on sushi is not the same. I want to end Tank on a high note."
While diners will no doubt mourn the loss of what Serious Eats called the "most inventive, saucy, flagrantly fusion-style maki around," the hiring of Camba promises something equally interesting.
A "Top Chef" contestant in 2012, Camba, who lives in Lincoln Square, comes to the new Laughing Bird from Bar Pastoral. A self-taught chef, she honed her skills by essentially volunteering her services at places like Alinea and Blackbird but earned her knowledge of traditional Filipino cooking the old-fashioned way — studying at her grandmother's elbow.
At Laughing Bird, Camba intends to blend a variety of cuisines, including Filipino, American, Chinese and Spanish, according to Crain's.