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Take a Look Inside Jake Cohen’s Passport

The bestselling cookbook author shares his delicious destinations

by Eden Herbstman

June 4, 2024

Jake Cohen / Photo: Courtesy of Charles Sykes/Bravo

You’ve likely seen New York Times-bestselling cookbook author Jake Cohen on social media, sharing culinary creations for home chefs. He’s working on his third book, about the art of entertaining. “The books are an extension of myself. I want people to feel the joy I feel cooking for the people I love.” He has baked alongside Martha Stewart (“I brought her date brownies—she loved them”), Katie Couric and more. His dream dinner guests? Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis. “I haven’t met Ina yet. I don’t want to rush it—the universe will make it happen.” Here, his delicious destinations.

Sunday in Brooklyn / Photo: Courtesy of Sunday in Brooklyn

New York City

“I’m from New York and I’ll never leave—it’s such a culinary destination. I’m a creature of habit. I don’t want the hot new restaurant. My go-tos are Sunday in Brooklyn—I got married there—and also in Williamsburg, Laser Wolf at The Hoxton. I worked the line at ABC Kitchen and AbcV is my favorite. L’Industrie across from the Lucille Lortel Theatre has the best pizza—it’s perfect after an off-Broadway play. All my meetings are at Caffè Panna over an affogato.”

In Puerto Rico / Photo: Courtesy of @JakeCohen

Puerto Rico

“If you’re coming from New York your beach destination should be Puerto Rico. It’s stunning, and I stay at Dorado Beach. We’ll get a car and drive around the island. My friend has a restaurant—Bacoa—right at the edge of El Yunque National Forest. San Juan has so many great restaurants.”

In Tel Aviv, Israel / Photo: Courtesy of @JakeCohen

Tel Aviv, Israel

“I surprised my mother and took her for the first time. The best bakery in the world is Alexander Bread & Bakery—he does the best lamination I’ve ever had. For falafel and sabich I loved HaKosem, which means ‘the magician.’ ”

Hotel Maria Cristina / Photo: Courtesy of Marriott

San Sebastian, Spain

“The beach, the old city and pintxos culture are the best combination. You get to roam around and try bites in different places. The mountains are so close, and the cheese selection is one of my favorites. It has the highest percent of Michelin stars per capita. I loved Mugaritz, and my husband still talks about the breakfast at Hotel Maria Cristina.”