2015 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice
Jill Ifshin, Pican
When Jill Ifshin waits tables at Picán restaurant, she’s not just performing her job. She’s performing her life. Serving is “who she is.” And from her notable tattoos, quirky hat, and handmade earrings displaying Dave Matthews lyrics, it’s apparent that this short girl with tall energy wouldn’t do something she didn’t believe in. With three decades in the restaurant industry, Ifshin believes in service. She prefers fine dining, thriving on “luxuriating” each guest. When you sit in Ifshin’s section at Picán, her home the past six years, you feel more than welcomed—you feel included. She listens. She connects. She accommodates. You’re not a cookie-cutter customer. You’re you. When you make a request and Ifshin responds, “I would LOVE to bring that for you!”—you believe her. Bon appétit.