As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, 2010 in One Word, Best Dining Neighborhoods, Biggest Dining World Surprises, and Best Singular Meals, and Restaurant Breakups. Now, finally, headline predictions for 2011.
Q: Dining world headline prediction for 2011?
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic for TONY: The Pat LaFrieda Black Label Big Mac debuts. Neapolitan pizza returns to Naples. David Chang calls a moratorium on Korean fried chicken. Ryan Skeen holds onto a job.
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice critic: Crepes will be the new Naples Pizza
Kate Krader, restaurant editor, Food & Wine: Chicken & assorted birds (from breeds and cool poultry farmers to chef's using birds in good ways). More vegetables, especially if there's a crazy foraging story to tell about them or they're from some sort of roof top/urban garden). And cocktails - Grant Achatz! Ferran Adria!! It's going to be a good year to drink.
Talia Baiocchi, wine writer: Pie Defeats Cupcake in Epic Baked Goods Battle
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Better. I listed a bunch of other ones on my blog, but the one-word summary is: Better.
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: Food writer’s right ring finger falls off after typing “local” one time too many.
Ryan Patrick Sutton, Bloomberg restaurant critic: Jonathan Benno introduces long Italian vegetable tasting menu and a separate, longer pasta tasting menu at Lincoln, making it the great restaurant it needs and deserves to be." Or: "Jonathan Benno quits Lincoln, opens small spot like his ex-French Laundry counterpart Corey Lee (Benu), gets four stars from everyone."
Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur: Vegetables: They're back, for the very first time.
Michael Williams, AContinuousLean: No idea. Hopefully it will be about people finally accepting the death of restaurant taxidermy. I'll stop writing about heritage Americana if the New York restaurant scene stops with the fake farm-house-distressed-wood and antlers.
David Sax, writer, author Save The Deli: Schmaltz will find its way into menus both Jewish and goyish. Also, the return of goose.
Ben Leventhal, NBC: Food and Wine Names Torrisi and Carbone Best New Chefs
Josh Ozersky, columnist, Time Magazine:"CRAZED CHEF CHARGED IN TWEEZER-SLAY PROBE"
Amanda Sidman, writer NY Daily News: To The Boroughs: 2011’s best restaurants will lose the 212.
Matt Rodbard, Metromix: Danny Mayer announces Thai-Vietnamese to-go concept, Michael Bao orders hit shortly after. Restaurant owners start to understand location-based social media promotion, Foursquare and Foodspotting window decals litter NYC.
Chris Stang & Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation: Macaroni Grill opens on Union Square, which is now a Wal-Mart. Chipotle opens first ever restaurant inside a Wal-Mart.
Randy Goldberg, UrbanDaddy: Eataly Gets Its Own Zip Code. Batali To Run For Mayor. Honorary mention: Food Clusters Spring Up Everywhere. (Think Eataly, Villa Pacri, FoodParc, The Ace Hotel, The Plaza.) Honorary Honorary Mention: The Advent of Drinks that eat like a meal.
Joshua David Stein, Eater National: Cardiac Arrest Epidemic Hits Williamsburg: Years of Pork Take Their Toll On 30 Something Foodies.
Solish: Ssam Bar Files For Bankruptcy
Kludt: Shake Shack Expands to Airports and Rest Stops Across America. Torrisi Boys Score Mondo Cookbook Deal, Reality Show. Frustrated by Village NIMBYS, McNally Opens restaurant the Actually Ungentrified Crown Heights.
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