The sight of a neon red paper clip shining through a glass storefront might not immediately bring to mind a sophisticated tasting menu, but Kevin Chen and Tashi Gyamtso are a team that does things their own way. The duo—who met at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and whose credits include stops at the three-MICHELIN-starred Alinea in Chicago and Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto—have self-financed a restaurant that represents their combined years of kitchen creativity: Red Paper Clip. The restaurant is a reflection of the pair’s careers and its name a reference to the story of Kyle MacDonald, who in a series of 14 online trades beginning with a red paper clip ended up with a house. “Tashi started as a dishwasher. . . . I was working at Dunkin’ Donuts at 14 years old. We don’t have any formal education, so we kind of worked our way up,” explains Chen.