Emma's Torch


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An evening spent at Emma’s Torch in Carroll Gardens, established in 2018, is a fascinating and soul-sustaining experience. This innovative restaurant is centered around training refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking in the culinary arts—and then helping them start careers in kitchens around the city. Chef Alexander Harris, who last cooked at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke, mentors a team of aspiring chefs who hail from places like Vietnam, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—and who bring their food cultures to the enterprise, thrilling diners with new tastes. Named for Emma Lazarus, whose poem adorns the Statue of Liberty, Emma’s Torch stands as a stirring tribute to a city that is built on the dreams of immigrants, with a seasonal menu that offers “New American cuisine—prepared by new American students.”

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