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Chef and author Amanda Freitag’s approach is all about spreading warmth and hospitality – whether in the kitchen or through her new book “The Chef Next Door.” Inspired by her latest chapter (and its pages-on-pages of restaurant-quality recipes) we asked our entrepreneurial neighbor to share some of the small businesses she knows and loves – from local coffee shops to the last place she had a great meal. Read on for Amanda’s go-to spots and stop by STORY today to meet her in person and get a few last minute Turkey day tips.

What’s your go-to coffee spot? I love Intelligenstia and i like a latte.

Where’s the last place you had a great meal? Emilio Ballato’s on Houston-perfect Sunday night Italian

Where in this city do you go when you need a little inspiration? I go for a long walk from west Chelsea to East Village and always find something inspirational

And when’s the last time you felt inspired? I was inspired by a trip to Nashville, the food scene is exploding and I had many dishes that i wanted t0 recreate

What small business do you love, what makes it great? I love Dickinsons farm stand meats in Chelsea market and Jake the owner makes it great

How do you spend a Sunday morning? At HOME! with the Sunday NY times

What’s one thing the internet doesn’t know about you? I’m kind of an open book, it’s all out there!

Have questions for Amanda? Meet her and have your copy of The Chef Next Door signed at STORY today. RSVP here.