To close out 2007, Eater once again invited many of our favorite food correspondents to join us in assessing the year's best eats, biggest surprises, and favorite neighborhoods for dining out. First we celebrated Meals of the Year; now, Restaurant Standbys of 2007.
Estancia 460, née Sosa Borella, Steele pick for Standby of the Year; shot by the Kalina, naturally.
William Tigertt, Freemans Restaurant: Sushi Yasuda, Prune, and Raoul's
Joanne Wilson, aka Gotham Gal: Spotted Pig, All Blue Ribbons, Gramercy Tavern bar
Mimi Sheraton: La Grenouille, Da Silvano, Balthazar
Jennifer Leuzzi, Snack: Atelier de Robuchon, Anything Momo, Balthazar
Anon, Sr. Editor, Food & Wine: Ssam Bar, Spotted Pig, Little Owl
Dave Chang, Man of the Year: Soba-Ko, Sushi Yasuda, Grand Sichuan on St. Marks
Adam Kuban, Serious Eats: Una Pizza Napoletana (The new oven serves Anthony Mangieri well), Di Fara (No explanation needed), Veselka (I love that bacon cheeseburger there, with a cup of mushroom-barley soup).
Danyelle Freeman, NY Daily News Food Critic, aka The RG: Upstairs at Bouley, Yakitori Totto and Gramercy Tavern.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Kefi & Tia Pol.
Ben Lerer, Thrillist: Lure, Lupa, Yama
LS: 3. Estancia 460 (aka "The Estanc"); 2. Lure Fishbar; 1. Schillers (duh)
BL: Lure Fishbar (hands down), The Balth, Morandi. Honorable Mention: The Estanc
Your thoughts on Standbys of the Year welcomed, nay encouraged, via the comments.