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Ozersky and Stein Debate the Year in Dining

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Josh Ozersky and Joshua David Stein go head to head in the Observer today, with their competing picks for all the best and worst chefs, restaurants, and trends of the year in New York. There's a lot to dig through in this list, and it's worth a read for some of the searing take-downs on both sides, but here are a few vitals:

Stein calls Bunker the best new budget restaurant, and picks Luksus for the best new high-end restaurant. Ozersky, meanwhile, chooses Chubby Mary's and Piora. Stein gives best new chef to Estela's Ignacio Mattos, while Ozersky has the somewhat unlikely choice of Dominique Ansel. Best atmosphere goes to either "Andrew Carmellini's Adonis of a restaurant," Lafayette, or to the "plutocratic opulence of yore" at Villard Michel Richard (to which Stein responds, "Ozersky, have you been to Villard?"). Finally, the two offer some predictions for next year, which include the emergence of high-end knives, "geeking out" over beer, and "meateries."

There's a whole lot more besides, so do head over to the Observer for the full debate over the trends, the overrated, and the surest sign of the dining apocalypse.
· Grub Match: Josh Ozersky and Joshua David Stein Slug it Out [NYO]
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The Cecil

210 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10026 212 866 1262

Piora

430 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 212 960 3801 Visit Website

Charlie Bird

5 King Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 (212) 235-7133 Visit Website

Lafayette

380 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 533-3000 Visit Website

MP Taverna

31-29 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11105 718-777-2187

The Bunker

, New York, NY

Luksus

615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 718-389-6034

The Elm

160 N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (718) 218-1088 Visit Website

Villard Michel Richard

455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

Rotisserie Georgette

14 East 60th Street, Manhattan, NY 10022 (212) 390-8060 Visit Website

Estela

47 East Houston Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 (212) 219-7693 Visit Website

Carbone

49 Collins Avenue, , FL 33139 Visit Website

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