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, and Best Dining Neighborhoods. Now it's time to describe 2011 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch. [Krieger, 4/23/11]
Q: Describe 2011 in One Word.
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic, TONY: Safe
Kate Krader, restaurant editor, Food & Wine: Resilient
Kim Davis, The Pink Pig: Fatty-Chain.
Josh Ozersky, columnist, TIME: Emasculated
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: Curious
Chris Stang, Andrew Steinthal, Immaculate Infatuation: Clubby
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: haimische-chic
Robert Sietsema, restaurant critic, Village Voice: Chinatowns
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Improving. For the first year since about 2007, restaurateurs started taking risks. The jury is still out on a few of these places (e.g., Romera, Jungsik), but the fact they were willing to try is encouraging.
Josh Stein, senior editor, Departures: Sturm und Drang
Josh Beckerman, foodie magician: Magical
Greg Morabito, features editor, Eater NY: Smooth
Jordana Rothman, dining editor, TONY: Paunchy
Gabe Ulla, features editor, Eater National: Overrated
Lockhart Steele: Oysters.
Ben Leventhal: Negroni Bar
Travis Bass, promoter at Red Egg: Reinvention
Gabriella Gershenson, senior editor, Saveur: Eclectic
Scott Solish, nightlife editor, Eater NY: Sleepless
Amanda Kludt, editor, Eater NY: Nostalgic-chic
Ryan Sutton, restaurant critic, Bloomberg: #GLOBALFOODINFLATION