Top Ten: New W’burg eatery with TV star chef

Winner’s dinner: Harold Dieterle, who won the first season of the cooking competition show “Top Chef,” designed the menu for Ten Hope in Williamsburg.
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The winner of the first season of “Top Chef” is now serving Mediterranean dishes at a new spot in Williamsburg. Harold Dieterle is the consulting chef at Ten Hope, an intimate restaurant and cocktail spot located, appropriately, at 10 Hope Street, which opened last week. The cooking competition winner said that he worked with the restaurant owner to design dishes fit for a party.

“The food was a collaboration between owner Bill Zafiros and I,” said Dieterle. “We wanted a menu of dishes that were fun, delicious and designed to be celebrated with beer, wine, and cocktails.”

That menu includes many sharable dishes with Greek, Italian, and Moroccan flavores, including lamb ribs with cumin; spice-roasted heirloom carrots served with squid-ink ricotta, and smashed avocado with feta cheese, along with entrees and an original cocktail menu.

The eatery features several couches and soft chairs arranged around coffee tables, along with traditional two-top tables and a 10-seat bar. During good weather, an expansive, ivy-lined patio will more than double the available seating.

The owner said that he wants diners to feel like they are eating in their own living room.

“My wife loves Art Deco and the Danish design principle of ‘hygge.’ In our home everyone feels comfortable,” said Zafiros. “I gave these ideas to our designer Safwat Riad and he made them a reality. We wanted to connote feelings of warmth, happiness, and hope and believe our customers will recognize this and enjoy the experience when they set foot into Ten Hope.”

Zafiros also plans to host a live music series on Tuesday nights.

Ten Hope (10 Hope St. between Roebling and Havemeyer streets in Williamsburg, Tue–Fri, 5 pm–1 am, Sat–Sun, noon–1 am.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Posted 12:58 pm, October 24, 2019
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