It all started back in the 90s. Back when Kris and Dan were just two coworkers at a restaurant in Brooklyn called The Saloon. She was the restaurant’s manager and he was the chef (and they both were dating other people). But you know how the story goes… after a couple weeks and a couple of margaritas, they were in love.
A few years (and a few more margaritas) later, they had a daughter named Emma. She grew up in the kitchen, roasting racks of lamb with her dad and frosting cakes with her mom. Since her elementary school was close to their respective restaurants in NYC, she would walk there after school to do her homework and steal snacks from the kitchen. At 6 years old, she was eating staff meals. By 9 she was sitting at the bar, chatting with the waitstaff. By 14 she was helping the pastry chef make crème brûlée. And by 19 she was in college, working in the Princeton dining hall and studying sustainable farming.
In 2017, Kris and Dan finally opened a restaurant of their own called Latham House. The restaurant was inspired by the family dinners of Dan’s childhood and was a family restaurant through and through. Over the years, various family members have worked at the restaurant, from Emma’s cousins Hawk & Willow, to Dan’s siblings Paul & Tami. Now, they continue the family tradition by opening a restaurant named after their daughter Emma.
Emma’s is a little more casual, a little more Southern, and a little more spunky (just like her!). It features local food grown by Emma and her co-workers at City Green and family recipes to make you feel at home.
Welcome to Emma’s.
— Emma, Kris, and Dan