Since opening in 2017, King has been named to The New York Times’ Top Restaurants of the Year and was nominated for a James Beard award — but according to co-owner Annie Shi, things had a fairly serendipitous start.
“I was working in finance in London while moonlighting on the weekends in the kitchen of an incredible British restaurant. It was around then that I met my future business partners, Clare and Jess, and we decided to move back to New York to open King.”
Serving up Southern French and Italian food with a daily-changing menu, King is a true neighborhood gem — kind of the platonic ideal of the perfect home-cooked meal. However, when it came to navigating the pandemic, the three co-founders had to get creative.
“We have essentially opened about seven businesses this past year alone."
According to Annie, the team at King tried offering everything from nibbles and to-go drinks to meal kits, outdoor dining and indoor dining, provisions, wine club, raclette window on the weekends, retail...you get the picture.
“This pandemic has forced us to be more creative and more flexible, which I hope is something that stays with us.”