There's a new must-watch series coming to TV, and it’s got it all: family drama, a gritty New York backdrop, a few run-ins with the Mob, and—most importantly—food porn. In Feed the Beast, premiering on AMC this Sunday, June 5 at 10pm ET/PT, Dion Patras (Jim Sturgess) and Tommy Moran (David Schwimmer) are best friends who open an upscale Greek restaurant in the Bronx. The twist? Moran is an alcoholic sommelier and Patras is a chef running from his crime-filled past. With food styling by the legendary Susan Spungen (Julie & Julia; Eat, Pray, Love) and a full restaurant, wine cellar and greenhouse built on-set, this is the new food drama to watch. Food & Wine caught up with Sturgess about how he learned to cook for the role, his minor pasta obsession and which dive bars he hits up after a day on set.
We've heard you’re a big fan of dive bars. Have you found any favorites while filming in New York City?
Doc Holliday’s. Josie’s. Lucy’s. But I’ve barely been out in New York since I’ve been here because it’s just been so full-on filming the show. If you go have a big Saturday night, you’re hungover on Sunday, and then you’ve got to film on Monday. So this has been the most well-behaved I’ve ever been on a shoot.
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What’s your go-to dive bar order?
Beer. And I like whiskey too. Lagavulin whiskey I like a lot. But I try not to drink whiskey because that always ends up in a bit of disaster.