After this, we've got one final installment of the Year in Eater. Almost home.
5) IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE EATEN IN ONE NYC NEIGHBORHOOD IN 2006, WHICH ONE WOULD IT HAVE BEEN? ANY GUESSES WHICH ONE IT WILL BE FOR 2007?
Andrea Strong, The StrongBuzz: chelsea west for 2006; for 2007, i'm gonna go out on a limb and say washington heights/harlem.
Leslie Price, Time Out New York: Gramercy/Flatiron. For 2007, I'll say Chelsea.
Augie, Augieland: It was and will probably remain the Middle Village (Houston to 14th street, 4th avenue to 7th), if not the midwest Aves of Chelsea look promising.
Josh Ozersky, aka Mr. Cutlets: Probably the East Village, because you tend to eat where you drink. I suspect it will be much the same in 2007.
Nosher & HungryMan, NYCNosh: It's a toss-up, but we'll go with our home turf this year: The H.K. With the opening of Whym, Roberto Passon, and Kyotofu, there's even more high-quality nosh here than ever before. We'd like to think this is the beginning of a trend that will continue well into 2007.
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: In 2006, 10th Avenue became a fledgling restaurant row: Tia Pol, the sorely underrated Del Posto, Morimoto, Cookshop and Cabo Rojo.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: I would pick the East Village/Alphabet City... I love that neighborhood. (Hearth, the two Momofukus, Degustation, Caracas Arepa Bar, Otafuku, all the places on St. Marks, I could go on and on). For 2007, I think it will be the East Village for me again (unless David Chang opens his next place somewhere else).
William Tigertt, proprietor, Freemans: 2006 - Lower East Side. 2007 - Financial District.
Adam Kuban, SliceNY: The East Village: On the pizza tip, you've got Una Pizza Napoletana (despite its now-$21 pizzas), Pizza Gruppo, Luzzo's, and Vinny Vincenz. For burgers, the mostly always-on-time Veselka. For 2007, my money is still on the LES.
Ed Levine, Serious Eats: For 2006, West Village.
Deborah Schoeneman, New York: West Village. West Village.
BL: West Village; for '07, like the optimism of Strong's Harlem call, though I have to go with Gramercy or the outer-reaches of Brooklyn.
LS: This downtown-centric list must depress the hell out of the Chowhounders. Resolved: more outer/upper-borough eating in '07. But, then as now, the Lower East Side is home.