Ladies and gentlemen, please inch a bit closer to your computer screen or smartphone because it's time now to announce the winners of the 2015 Eater Awards. The winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. The full list is live on Eater.com with intel on why these people and places are so special, and the New York winners are listed below. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.
To recap, Eater's local editors in 23 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose the winner. In very rare cases, Eater exercised Rule 17, Sub. 19, which allows for veto of the popular vote (this happened only once in 2015). In addition to these main stage winners, said Eater editorial team named worthy winners in more specialized categories, for myriad notable achievements.
Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes. And now, without further ado, here are the winners in New York City.
The 2015 Eater Awards for New York City
Restaurant of the Year
Chef of the Year
Nominees: Angela Dimayuga (Mission Chinese Food), Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone (Wildair; Contra), Jonathan Wu (Fung Tu), Pam Yung & José Ramírez-Ruiz (Semilla), Rita Sodi & Jody Williams (Via Carota).
Winners: Pam Yung & José Ramírez-Ruiz (Semilla)*
[*Eater Awards Rule 17, Sub. 19 invoked]
So Hot Right Now
Winners: TIE — Fuku+ and Bruno Pizza
Bartender of the Year
Winner: Leo Robitschek
Stone Cold Stunner
Winner: The Polo Bar
Shitshow of the Year: Tavern on the Green
Danny Meyer Empire Builder of the Year: Ravi DeRossi
Spectacle of the Year: Javelina
Instagram Bait of the Year: Seamore's