Rising Star Restaurateur Michael Chernow of Seamore's - Biography

New York, NY

September 2017

New Yorker Michael Chernow was 13 when he got his start as a delivery boy, working side-by-side with a young Dan Holzman. Even then, he forecasted that the two would one day open a restaurant.  

Chernow transitioned from bike runs to slinging drinks at nightclub Life and later at Frank, gaining a loyal following. Stoked on the dream of ownership, Chernow then pursued degrees in culinary arts and restaurant management from the French Culinary Institute before linking back up with Holzman. Together, they created the fast-casual concept The Meatball Shop, which debuted on the Lower East Side in 2011. The meatball empire has since expanded with six more locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. For their dedication to sourcing locally and donating time and resources to charities, the duo were named StarChefs Rising Stars in 2013.

In 2015, Chernow stepped back from his day-to-day role at The Meatball Shop to focus on sustainable seafood concept Seamore’s. Like his meatball devotees, Seamore’s sunny disposition has earned a cult following. Chernow has opened two more locations in Chelsea and Montauk.