Nearly a decade ago, chef Alex Raij introduced New Yorkers to the pleasures of traditional Basque cooking with Txikito (pronounced chee-kee-toe), one of GAYOT's Top 10 Small Plates Restaurants in the New York area.

Together with her husband, Eder Montero, she also runs sister restaurants El Quinto Pino in Chelsea and La Vara and Tekoá in Brooklyn.