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 eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein.
ABC Kitchen, an oft-mentioned top newcomer. [Krieger, 03/12/10]
Q: What are the top newcomers of 2010?
Adam Roberts, Amateur Gourmet: Balaboosta, for making Israeli food sexy, Jeffrey's, for the pork sandwich with broccoli rabe (anyone who puts broccoli rabe on a sandwich deserves praise), and Lincoln--despite the harsh critical reaction--for having great food in the coolest physical space of any new restaurant this year.
David Sax, writer, author Save The Deli: Mile End, Paulie Gee's, Eataly.
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: Eataly, Hawkers, Kin Shop, Lincoln, Paulie Gee’s.
Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur: ABC Kitchen.
Kate Krader, restaurant editor Food & Wine: Torrisi. Ma Peche. Breslin (was that 2010?). Eataly. Fatty Cue. Morini. John Dory. Lotus of Siam. Lincoln.
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: It wasn't a banner year. There was no Marea that dominated the field. My best new restaurant was Millesime. Other very good ones are ABC Kitchen, Tamarind Tribeca, and Osteria Morini. I also liked Faustina, but you know how that worked out. Perhaps ABC Kitchen is the biggest surprise: I didn't expect a JGV restaurant in a home furnishing store to be good.
Matt Rodbard, Metromix: ABC Kitchen, Traif, Torrisi, No. 7 Sub, The Commodore, Brindle Room, Seersucker, Lani Kai.
Aaron Stern, photographer, DJ, event producer: Fedora, Rubirosa, Lyon.
Joshua David Stein, Eater National: I'm not being terribly original but I could not be more excited about Torrisi Italian Specialties. The food, the space, that ball of mozzarella, the philosophy and the guys behind it are what is exactly right and best about New York dining. Not quite a restaurant but I like the product and what the product stands for at The Meat Hook.
Amanda Sidman, writer NY Daily News: Balaboosta, Brucie’s, Maialino.
Talia Baiocchi, wine writer: Torrisi, Fatty Cue.
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic for TONY: ABC Kitchen, the Breslin, Maialino, the Commodore, Takashi.
Chris Stang & Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation: Torrisi Italian Specialties, Kin Shop, Osteria Morini, Totto Ramen, The Meatball Shop.
Randy Goldberg, UrbanDaddy: Fat Radish, Lambs Club, Ma Peche, Meatball Shop, Fatty Cue, Peels, Eataly, ABC Kitchen, John Dory Oyster Bar, The Lion, Kenmare, Torisi.
Ryan Patrick Sutton, restaurant critic Bloomberg: Ma Peche, The Breslin (late 2009) and Torrisi.
Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor, Bon Appetit: Torrisi, M Wells, Mile End, Ma Peche, Saltie.
Josh Ozersky, columnist, Time Magazine: : Morini, Ai Fiori, Kin Shop, Fatty Cue, and Manzo.
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice critic: Kin Shop, Donatella, M. Wells, Henan Feng Wei, Manzo, Tacos Morelos, Strong Place, Commodore, Mile End.
Solish: Rubirosa, Traif, Prime Meats
Steele: Torrisi. Honorable mention: Torrisi.
Kludt: M. Wells, Torrisi, I’m really excited about Porsena, though it just opened, and Rubirosa is an instant favorite.
Do feel free to add your own answers to the comments.