For the past three years, Curbed has closed out the year with a reader vote to award the Curbed Cup to the Neighborhood of the Year (2004, Fort Greene; 2005, Prospect Heights; 2006, West Harlem). This year, we're kicking things up a notch. Starting next week, we'll begin a four-week elimination tournament among the year's top 16 New York neighborhoods to determine the winner, with Eater, Curbed, and Racked all playing a part.
But before we begin, we'd like to know the neighborhoods that you think deserve consideration, and the reasons why. Among the questions you might consider: which neighborhoods that previously had no restaurant cred came onto the map this year? Which areas enjoyed the biggest openings—or the biggest busts? If you had to eat in only one neighborhood this year, which would it have been? Hit the comments, svp, then check back on Monday as the tournament to name the Neighborhood of the Year kicks off.