Last night was Time Out New York's Eat Out Awards, an annual ceremony wherein restaurateurs and chefs win TONY-embossed plates for things like "Best Jack-of-all-Trades" and "Best Reason to Take the Q Train." This year TONY changed things up a bit by hosting the awards at Hell's Kitchen theater venue New World Stages instead of in the magazine's offices, where it's been held in years past. Fancy. New World Stages was also home to the strange marketing experiment that was The TONY Lounge, where the "after party" was rumored to go down (thankfully, that did not occur). Eater got there too late to enjoy the open bar, but just in time to file into the auditorium for the awards. Here, the takeaway:
1) Cutlets, seen wearing a white ringer t-shirt with an image of Wonder bread on the front, doesn't believe in getting dressed up for awards ceremonies.
2) Surprising no-show: David Chang, who won "Most Hypeworthy."
3) Unsurprising no-show: Mario Batali, whose restaurant Babbo won "Best Restaurant You Can't Get Into."
4) The site of the moderately happening after party was an Irish bar in Hell's Kitchen called McCoy's. Meyer and crew showed up to celebrate a few wins—Blue Smoke for best BBQ, Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison for Best Changing of the Guard and Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern for New Chef of the Year—but decamped quickly.
5) There was obviously a large Brooklyn contingent in the house, as after every BK restaurant or bar was announced, some person and/or persons felt the need to yell "Brook-lyn!" The overall mood at the awards: jubilant, rowdy.