A true New Yorker, Alison Price Becker has been delighting diners with her signature “Alison” hospitality for over 20 years. From working with some of the industry’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs to opening four restaurants of her own, Alison is a veteran of the New York dining scene with an innate understanding of what good hospitality means. Her passion and meticulous attention to detail is discernible in every aspect of her work and has made her the successful restaurateur she is today.
Born and raised in New York City, Alison began her career as an actress. Despite her successful acting career, even co-starring as a Pink Lady in “Grease,” the work she did on the side within the restaurant industry won her attention and her heart. In 1985, Alison began working for celebrated Chef Jonathan Waxman, first at Buds and then at his popular restaurant, Jams. Alison went on to hone her hospitality skills in notable restaurants such as Jerom Kretchmer and Alfred Portale’s famed Gotham Bar and Grill and Serge Raoul and Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Rakel Restaurant, to name a few. After four years of working with some of the country’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs, Alison decided to launch her own restaurant and in doing so she made her own indelible mark on Manhattan’s dining scene.
In May of 1989, Alison opened Alison on Dominick Street, her first restaurant in the Alison series. Viewed as one of New York City’s most romantic spots, Alison’s warm welcome and watchful eye ensured that the restaurant became extremely popular with both patrons and critics alike. The restaurant’s rustic yet elegant French cuisine influenced by the Basque region received two-star reviews from The New York Times from its inception to its closing in 2002. During this run, Alison opened her second restaurant in 1996, the equally successful Alison by the Beach in Wainscott, New York, and in 1998 opened up her first pop-up restaurant at the Inn at Quogue. In 1999, Alison wrote her first cookbook, Kitchen Suppers: Good Food to Share with Good Friends (Doubleday, 1999), well-received for sharing not only recipes that Alison loves to cook for friends and family, but the stories behind those cherished meals.
After the close of Alison on Dominick, Alison moved Alison by the Beach to Bridgehampton, simply titling the new restaurant, Alison Restaurant. From 2004 to 2008, she continued the quintessential “Alison” experience of simple, robust yet elegant dining that had garnered her so much acclaim, and after the restaurants closing she opened for one more summer as a pop-up, The Maidstone Arms Hotel.
In 2009, Alison returned to New York City as a consultant to brands including The Cooper Square Hotel, Kraft and PepsiCo, managing and catering events and helping to draft a practical, not “preachy” approach to making their products healthier. This work prompted Alison to work closely with the former Southampton Superintendent to provide better alternatives for the local school lunch program.
In January 2012, the time, place and people were perfectly aligned in Alison’s return to Manhattan. Her new partners, Michael Namer and Gary Spindler; and Executive Chef Robert Gurvich, former chef at Alison on Dominick, Alison by the Beach and The Maidstone Arms pop-up, have joined together to give guests’ the signature Alison experience they have and will continue to love.