My Beginning

My culinary journey began with my Irish and German parents, in the Yorkville and East Harlem neighborhoods. Edward and Leona Gallagher had their first son, right here in East Harlem, where generations of immigrants nestled into this corner of Manhattan mixed it up, clashed and collaborated. And like all sons and daughters of the old country, they brought with them culture, customs and FOOD!

Growing up, food was the element that brought us all together. As a boy I would stand on a wooden stool helping my mother prepare the family dinner. As a young man in high school, I took my first job at a local Italian restaurant. Here I witnessed the power a good meal had and the beautiful experience of feeding guests. A true chef has to love hospitality as much as they enjoy preparing the dish. I learned this as a young man and it has driven my passion for this industry ever since.

Immediately out of high school, I attended Johnson & Wales Culinary School. There was nothing more interesting to me than pursuing a life of creating great dishes and memorable experiences for guests. Graduating culinary school, I flew out of the pan and into the fire, moving to all parts of the country where I would have the opportunity to hone my craft. From Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI, I took a management position at the Breckenridge Resort in Colorado, then managing three restaurants and one- hundred employees on Seabrook Island, SC.

Seabrook Island is as naturally beautiful as the postcards, but the food...wow! The boat was the station wagon and the Atlantic Ocean was the market. Chefs from up and down the East Coast would stop by the Island in the summer to cook and trade dishes with other chefs. Absorbing it all, I developed a unique East Coast cooking style and set off to open my own restaurant.

I moved back to New York and opened two restaurants in Long Island, but the travel bug had already bit me. Food Festivals, cooking shows, private parties...I wasn’t meant to sit still. I began traveling as a young talent looking for a job, but really I just loved to travel. Meeting new people, tasting new foods and learning new cultures inspired everything I had accomplished in the kitchen. I now host at more than thirty Food Festivals globally, as a “celebrity chef”...Me... a celebrity. Ha! It is incredible what an amazing life you can create when you follow your dreams.

International Food Festivals and traveling eighteen countries for the thrill of cooking wasn’t enough. Feeling I can do more, I set out on my next venture and every chef’s dream. Opening a restaurant in Manhattan and what a better place than coming back to East Harlem, where I was born.

Chef Eddie G’s Kitchen is not just my first NYC restaurant. It is the culmination of a thirty year project that is still collecting information. Every new place I travel, every guest’s comment and every new flavor I find makes its way into the kitchen and your dish.

So, please, come in and enjoy the food experience as much as I enjoy creating it for you!

Coast 2 Coast Cuisine

Coast 2 Coast Cuisine is a nationally syndicated TV Show where my best friend & exact opposite, chef John R. Cifrese, battle for best dish as we prepare the same center of the plate item, pinning East Coast versus West Coast culinary styles.

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Chef Eddie G's Kitchen

CHEF EDDIE G’S KITCHEN: A New Restaurant on the Uptown Scene by Celebrity Chef Eddie Gallagher

EAST HARLEM, NYC – Chef Eddie G. recently cooked alongside White House Chef Guy Mitchell, on Saturday March 19th at Chef Eddie G’s Kitchen 1664 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035 (117th/118th St.)

New York native Chef Eddie Gallagher opened his first New York City eatery in what used to be an unlikely place for culinary ventures. Mr. Gallagher designed the East Harlem establishment, Chef Eddie G’s Kitchen to feel like part home, part industrial. The stainless steel tables and exposed brick fit right in with neighboring East Harlem manufacturing zone, but the Chef’s warm hospitality and open kitchen format are as welcoming as a trip back home.

East Harlem, a neighborhood in constant transition since the mid-1800s, has been home to a myriad of cultures and ethnicities. Similarly, Mr. Gallagher’s collects flavors and learns the palates of all the places he continuously travels. Chef Eddie G. participates in more than thirty Food Festivals world-wide, per year. The atmosphere of The Kitchen is very much Northeast American, but the softer touches of the MENU echo with Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian flavors. The dishes have resonated with locals and city explorers alike. Chef Eddie G. explains, “Our diners are so diverse, but they all seem to enjoy these hints of flavors, because being a diner in New York City is a fascinating way to learn about different cultures.”

The American steakhouse style menu of The Kitchen is everything East Harlem has been missing in its culinary landscape. And Chef Eddie G’s recipes are just what American steakhouse dishes need to truly make them New York dishes. But no cooking is more American than that of a White House Chef. Chef Guy Mitchell has served up brilliant gastronomy to Presidents, world leaders and professional sports teams. On March 19th, Chef Mitchell and Chef Eddie G. cooked alongside each other, remixing menu items and trying out some new dishes on diners.

These two big personalities bring out the character of every dish firing from the kitchen. No strangers to cameras either, Chef Eddie G. and Chef Guy Mitchell always turn on the Food Festival celebrity charm, bringing a new wave of restaurant hospitality to East Harlem.

Chef Eddie G’s kitchen is, located at 1664 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035. Dinner is served from 4pm- 12am. For reservations please call (646) 524-6769.





Chef Eddie G's Kitchen



"After Dark" Gallery

My cullinary journey has brought me to many amazing places and introduced me to even more amazing people.



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Appearances

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