Growing up in Forest Hills, Chef Dee Arabian watched and learned from every aspect of his family’s Greek-Armenian restaurant. He loved hearing stories from his grandfathers—one who opened a pizzeria across the street from Bloomingdales and the other who served as the chef at the Grand Bretagne in Athens. After growing up as a busboy, runner, expeditor and prep cook, Dee knew he wanted to create his own restaurant in the neighborhood too, and to further that goal, he attended the French Culinary Institute in New York. There he trained under three of the most renowned chefs today: Jacques Pépin, André Soltner of Lutece and Alain Sailhac of Le Cirque. Today, Dee owns and runs DEE’S from the same building where he got his start as a busboy.