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Jefferson Pride

NEW YORK — When architect Phil Wu first saw the unremarkable Village diner he was to transform into Jefferson — Simpson Wong’s sleek new restaurant located two doors down from his Pan-Asian restaurant, Cafe Asean — he had a...

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"Jefferson works more like a tapas or a dim sum bar," says Wong. "A group can order three dishes and share them all."

He hopes Cafe Asean regulars, including Marisa Tomei, Christy Turlington, Amanda Peet and Natalie Merchant, will trickle in — and that they’ll still recognize him. While lighting a new gas stove last week, a flame ignited in his face. Wong was fine but his eyebrows and much of his hair were singed.

"I smelled like fried chicken," he says. "We’re still getting used to the kitchen."
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