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October 1, 2021

Where the Industry Eats: Aria’s Briana Cohen

This longtime GM and sommelier favors Asian cuisines

An assortment of dishes from Sun’s Kitchen, a ghost kitchen in West Charlotte. Kristen Wile/UP

Folks in the restaurant industry know good food, so we want to know where they eat when they’re not cooking. In this series, we ask a local chef, bartender, restaurateur, or server to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week, we interview Briana Cohen, general manager of Aria. Cohen, who has more than 20 years of restaurant management experience, shares her love for Asian dishes.

Sun’s Kitchen, takeout/delivery
A ghost kitchen in West Charlotte specializing in vegan dumplings and thick noodles
Briana’s order: Hot & Dry Noodle

Aqua e Vino, Cotswold
A Northern Italian boutique restaurant with handmade, high-end pastas and seasonal entrées
Briana’s order: Tajarin (a thin pasta with a porcini mushroom sauce)

Pinky’s Westside Grill, Ashley Park
A local American chain that serves cocktails, burgers, and hot dogs
Briana’s order: Stray Dog (a vegetarian hot dog with veggie chili, mustard, coleslaw, and onion)

Musashi, Pineville
A chef-favorite Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar
Briana’s order: Anything off the authentic Japanese menu
Pro tip: Make sure you ask for the Japanese menu, it contains some secret items from the regular menu

Copper Modern Indian Cuisine, Dilworth
An upscale and colorful Indian restaurant located on East Boulevard
Briana’s order: Lamb kozhambu


More from this series:

Duke Bread’s Adam Duke
Counter-‘s Sam Hart
Community Matters Cafe’s Ashley Anna Tuttle

Your Farms, Your Table’s Sam Diminich
Para’s Alex Verica

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