There’s nothing quite like eating one of your favorite dishes in your favorite restaurant. There’s a particular essence to restaurant food that makes the meal inherently special and distinctively tasty. While countless restaurants are closed or reframing how their business runs, or too far away for us to travel to and visit, we’ve been working on emulating that restaurant spirit at home by preparing dishes inspired by them.
The following are some of our most beloved restaurant-influenced recipes from establishments and chefs who have inspired us over the years. Let these recipes tide you over until you’re able to visit your favorite restaurants again. (And if you happen to live near the restaurants where these dishes originate, you can still taste the real thing—many of them are open for take-out.)