As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group seven questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Wednesday. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein:
At Momofuku Ko, the lunchtime set list. Circa August, 2008.
Q: What was your single best meal in 2008?
Kate Krader, Food & Wine: Ko. After about a month when they got the kinks worked out and Sam got comfortable serving food behind the bar and the whole experience kicked in (when you could have the hamachi with poppy seeds and the foie gras and whatever else, all in one night). And specifically the night that Gael Greene and the craig's list guy showed up, because it personified the res drama mania.
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice: A repast of kebabs, eggplant salad, and “jiz biz” at Sim-Sim, an Azerbaijani cafe in Kensington, Brooklyn.