About

Rusty Mackerel

Rusty Mackerel is the creation of a group of Washington Heights natives, Frank McHugh, Bill Rodriguez and James "Mac" Moran.

Chef-focused, market driven, wildly creative, New American cuisine in Washington Heights! We want to bring a new dining experience uptown.


Chef James "Mac" Moran

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Chef James “Mac” Moran has come home. Born and raised in Washington Heights, he got his start at Frank’s Market, then a small custom butcher shop.

Mac was always passionately in love with food and so he attended the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). His first job was at the famous Chanterelle in Tribeca. By 2002, he was welcomed into Todd English Enterprises when he joined the line at OLiVES New York.

Chef Mac quickly impressed his superiors with his creativity, skill and leadership. He became Executive Sous Chef at The Libertine in 2008 and Executive Chef de Cuisine at OLiVES in 2010, all while managing and executing several of Todd English Enterprises’ most high profile events. He’s done tasting dinners at the James Beard House, private functions for John Legend and Vera Wang, network TV cooking demos and press events for such corporate clients as Victoria’s Secret.  He was the food stylist for English’s newest cookbook, Cooking in Everyday English. Mac has traveled the world, opened new restaurants and trained dozens of new chefs.

When the opportunity arose to open his own restaurant 100 feet away from where he got his start, he couldn't resist.

Chef Mac’s philosophy and food are influenced greatly by the immense diversity of cultures that he was exposed to having grown up in the Heights. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand design and website by Danielle Oteri/danielleoteri.com