Food Experiments’ Nick Suarez Is Grilling In Iona’s Garden



All Nick Suarez, founder of the wildly popular Food Experiments, ever wanted to do was hang out in a backyard, wear shorts and grill stuff. And now he’s living that dream every Thursday through Sunday night behind a Williamsburg pub.

Suarez has quietly launched “Backyard at Iona,” a charm-filled shanty with a tin ceiling, running water, walls that double as chalkboards and a utensil rack attached to a tree. The grill menu may change weekly depending on the chef’s mood, but he’ll always offer the basics: burgers, brats, sausages, and side salads, like potato and cucumber.

Oh, but these aren’t just any brats and burgers. Suarez got here only after leaving a career in the wine world, going to cooking school at night, working at a highfalutin kitchen, beating Bobby Flay in a hot-dog cook-off, then starting his own cook-off series as well as a catering company.

Information and directions to Iona here.

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