Question: What word best describes 2016?
Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief: Pokesanity
Ryan Sutton, Eater critic/data lead: I’m tempted to say Delivery-only, but we have yet to see whether Ando and Maple can really scale (or serve compelling food), and I’m also tempted to say Fine Casual, but we haven’t been completely overrun (yet) by the high-concept, waiterless, Chipotle-like restaurants that are supposed to be a hallmark of an era of sky-high rents and labor costs. So for a word of the year, let me pick something a bit more pedestrian: Brooklyn: After a few not so great years, Kings County came back in a big way with Olmsted, Aska, Lilia, Emmy Squared, Llama Inn, Insa, Sauvage, etc.
Helen Rosner, Eater executive editor: Haut-bourgeois
Devra Ferst, senior editor at Tasting Table: LA > NYC
Daniela Galarza, Eater news editor: Cha-ching.
Foster Kamer, Mashable managing editor: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Joe DiStefano, Chopsticks + Marrow blogger/food tour guide: Pokemongrel
Bret Thorn, NRN senior food & beverage editor: Fermented
Robert Sietsema, Eater senior critic: Tipless
Kat Odell, author of Day Drinking: Fermented
Melissa McCart, Eater NY editor: Polarized
Lockhart Steele, Eater co-founder/Vox Media editorial director: "Cou-cou!" (in the sing-songy voice of the endlessly repeated ditty from the Le Coucou bathroom.)
Charlotte Druckman, food writer/cookbook author: Flaccid. Alternate: Democracy Sausage.
Matt Buchanan, Eater features editor: $$$$$
Nick Solares, Eater NY restaurant editor: Hotel
Patty Diez, Eater NY associate editor: Sigh (also applicable to 2016 in gen)
Serena Dai, Eater NY news editor: Poke
Greg Morabito, Eater Upsell co-host: Chains! New York City, home to the greatest collection of independent restaurants in America, is becoming a destination for moderately priced and upscale chains, as well as fast food places. New for 2016: Wagamama, Ichiran, Cut, TsuruTonTan, Sugarfish, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Teremok, Panda Express, Cheesecake Factory, and sweet, sweet Tim Ho Wan.