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 and Top Newcomers. Now it's time to describe 2012 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
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Q: Describe 2012 in One Word.
Kat Kinsman, Eatocracy managing editor: Offal.
Chris Stang, Immaculate Infatuation: Flavortown.
Robert Simonson, Times cocktail writer: Busy. Sometimes it seemed a significant new cocktail bar was opening somewhere in New York every other day. I think we reached saturation level in some neighborhoods somewhere in July. I hope they all succeed, but the realist in me says there's going to be a shaking out sometime soon.
Adam Kuban, Slice founder: Disastrous.
Darin Bresnitz, Snacky Tunes/Finger on the Pulse: Reformed.
Jordana Rothman: Unsinkable.
Gabriella Gershenson, senior editor at Saveur: Resilient.
Josh Ozersky, TIME columnist: Stasis.
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice critic: Post-porky.
Jay Cheshes, Time Out New York critic: Spicy.
Mimi Sheraton, former Times critic: Skittish.
Andrew Friedman, author and Toqueland editor: "Eh" (delivered with best, underwhelmed Larry David voice).
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: Local.
Scott Solish, Eater nightlife editor: Formulaic — A sense that everyone is going for glory using the same playbook as everyone else.
Bret Thorn, senior food editor, Nation's Restaurant News: Better.
Josh Beckerman, blogger and foodie magician: Magicallydelicious.
Andrew Steinthal, Immaculate Infatuation: BROOKLYN.
Alexander Hancock, Eater associate editor: Underwhelming.
Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Eclectic. The year's big hits followed no perceptible pattern, except that, thank heavens, diners were ready to be taken beyond the clichés that had overtaken NYC dining for the last few years.
Ben Leventhal: Coursed.
Kim Davis, the Pink Pig: Tasting.
Kate Krader, Food & Wine restaurant editor: Restaurant community. It was absolutely inspiring to see chefs come together to help victims and each other after Sandy. I'm never seen anything like it.
Foster Kamer, senior editor at Complex: Googamoogled.
Levi Dalton, I'll Drink to That: Saloon.
Amanda Kludt, Eater editorial director: Sandy.
Lockhart Steele, Eater co-founder: Submerged.
Ryan Sutton, Bloomberg critic: Rebuild.
Greg Morabito, Eater editor: Messy.
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