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, Best Restohood, 2011 in One Word, Biggest Dining Surprises of the year, Single Best Meals, and Restaurant Breakups. Now, finally, Headline Predictions for 2012. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: Headline Predictions for 2012
Robert Sietsema, restaurant critic, Village Voice: More Cheap Grub Masquerading as Haute Cuisine.
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Ryan Skeen will continue, inexplicably, to get hired. And fired. And hired. And fired.
Chris Stang, Andrew Steinthal, Immaculate Infatuation: Le Bernardin Remodels Again, Adds VIP Tables & Bottle Service
Scott Solish, nightlife editor, Eater NY: Momofuku Williamsburg.
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic, TONY: David Chang, Ken Friedman, Graydon Carter and Daniel Boulud join forces to open the mother of all casual, clubby, pan-Asian, French restaurants (or they continue to swallow up more of the city, at least).
Ben Leventhal: Bobby Flay might announce new plans for Mesa Grill next year, so that's something to watch for. Other things I'm watching for: Will the Torissi Boys gets their Best New Chef nod or did F&W miss the moment? Where does Tien Ho land? Can Stulman go four-for-four? How quickly can Michael White open 10 pizzerias? Who's going to create the next Lucky Peach?
Josh Ozersky, columnist, TIME: VEGETABLES CONTINUE TO BE PRAISED, UNORDERED, SURVEY SAYS
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: It’s going to be the year of the sandwich. Anything goes as long as it’s sandwiched between some form of carbohydrate. Corn arepas, Chinese steamed buns, dosas layered with the world’s foods. Think mix & match cuisines.
Kate Krader, restaurant editor, Food & Wine: In alphabetical order, here's what I'm excited for in 2012:
Chefs saving the world through their charities, Cocktail bars from top mixologists, London, Pizza, Sandwiches, Toronto
Kim Davis, The Pink Pig: DoH opens inquiry into health grade corruption allegations.
Greg Morabito, features editor, Eater NY: New Torrisi Dish Comes with Explanatory iPad App
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: Smug Foodies Disappear up Their own Assholes
Ryan Sutton, restaurant critic, Bloomberg: 1) Jung Sik & Romera cut their prices again. 2) The El Bulli service at Next by Grant Achatz is harder to get into than El Bulli was. 3) Big box restaurants like Catch and Kibo admit they had their brains wiped Men In Black-style
because no one in their right mind would open up such behemoths in a post-recession New York, no matter how good the food might be. 4) Lady Gaga serenades Ryan Sutton at her dad's new restaurant. Then Gaga, Sutton and the Gaga family go to Bemelmans for cocktails and then yachting on Long Island, then a private jet to the Bahamas. . . wait,
Gabriella Gershenson, senior editor, Saveur: As Celebrity Chefs Continue to Spread Themselves Thin, Indie Chefs Save The Day.
Travis Bass, promoter, Red Egg: There is going to be a shift towards a more real cuisine that tastes great without celebrity chefs and overdesigned decor!
Gabe Ulla, features editor, Eater National: Laurent Gras to Open Arepa-Centric Restaurant.
Josh Stein, senior editor, Departures Ken Friedman to open food court named The Zoo with off shoots of The Monkey Bar, The Spotted Pig, The John Dory. There will be a Danny Meyer petting zoo with Maialino. Also, Sandwiches Go Out of Style.
Lockhart Steele: Groupon Acquires Foursquare; Restaurateurs 'Check-In' To Social Media Asylum.
Josh Beckerman, foodie magician: Danny Meyer opens Shake Shack inside a Shake Shack. Your corner bodega is the new "Hot" spot.
Jordana Rothman, dining editor, TONY: Eddie Huang overhauls the menu at Scores?.Vows: Eddie Huang weds star stripper Cherry Velvet?.Rumor mongering: Eddie Huang: Bao in the oven?...Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi given atomic wedgies by disgruntled customer?.Romera offers medi-spa services in PDR?
Amanda Kludt, editor, Eater NY: Five more major NYC restaurateurs sign deals for Miami; Hit put out on Maimon Kirschenbaum, 20 restaurateurs questioned; John Fraser, Dave Chang, Daniel Boulud, Ken Friedman give North Brooklyn a shot.