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.
Many of the words describe Jonathan Benno's Lincoln. [Photo: Krieger, 09/24/10]
Q: 2010 in One Word?
Talia Baiocchi, wine writer: Noodle.
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic for TONY: Dullsville.
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Dreary. There was not a single new restaurant that I thought deserved three or four stars. The only one that Sifton did was Colicchio & Sons, but the place was panned by every other critic in town.
Steve Cuozzo, New York Post: TOO LOUD.
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: Exhausting.
Ryan Patrick Sutton, Bloomberg restaurant critic: Italian.
Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur: Safe.
Kate Krader, restaurant editor, Food & Wine: Breakfast (aka all-day-night restaurants). Runner-up: vegetables.
David Sax, writer, author Save The Deli: Pizza (I moved back to Toronto in Sept and tried to cram in as much as possible before I left).
Josh Ozersky, columnist, Time Magazine: Balkanized.
Michael Williams, AContinuousLean.com: Good.
Amanda Sidman, writer NY Daily News: Delicious.
Matt Rodbard, Metromix: Tikipocalypse.
Chris Stang & Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation: Fatter.
Randy Goldberg, UrbanDaddy: Understated. Thrifty. Mobile. Kitschy. Encores. Vegetables.
Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor, Bon Appetit: Italophilia
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice critic: Prettygood.
Joshua David Stein, Eater National: Lambent.
Kludt: Indie — some of the best, most surprising debuts like M. Wells, Torisi, Mile End, and even to a lesser extent, Dieterle’s Kin Shop came from fairly independent, often first time operators. As big of a splash as Morini and the Breslin made, it was the uknowns that stole the show this year.
Do feel free to add your own answers to the comments.