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Listen Up: The Culinary Work Wives Behind the Japanese Comfort-Food Gem Bessou

Listen Up BY hannah mcintosh 03/18/2019


When Maiko Kyogoku decided to open Bessou, a ridiculously satisfying Japanese comfort-food restaurant in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood, her former Boulud Sud co-worker Emily Yuen asked if she might need an executive chef. The rest is (delicious) work-wife history, and we’re getting into all of it—from their mutual excitement over ingredients to their extreme-fitness bonding sessions—on this week’s ep.

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The linkage…


  • Besides visiting Bessou in Manhattan, keep an eye out for their outpost at the Time Out Market in Dumbo, Brooklyn, opening this spring.
  • Follow Bessou on Instagram—because you can never have too many food pics in your feed.
  • Hey, give us a call? We love it when you leave us messages at 833-OFAKIND (833-632-5463)!




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