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Serena Dai

NYC Headline Predictions For 2017

Food writers and critics glimpse into their crystal balls and predict the news stories of 2017

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, writers, and experts. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. Their answers will appear throughout the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. We've heard about the top standbys, hot newcomers, best dining neighborhoods, words of the year, surprises, grievances, and best meals. Now it's time for headline predictions for 2017. Please add your own in the comments.

Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief:

Maybe Delivery-Only Restaurants Aren't the Future After All (For All the Obvious Reasons)

Ryan Sutton, Eater critic/data lead:

Empellon Midtown Is Year’s Biggest Hit (No Pressure, Alex)

Empellon Midtown Is Year’s Biggest Failure (Really, No Pressure)

Restaurant Workers Start to Realize that New York's New Paid Parental Leave Law Isn't Nearly as Good As It Should Be

Matt Rodbard, food writer/Koreatown co-author:

Trump Chokes on a Hummus and Ricotta Crostini

In Memoriam: The Word Eatery (1901-2017)

Deuki Hong, Empire Builder

Helen Rosner, Eater executive editor: Pretty sure we're gonna see a lot of craven ass-kissers doing corporate buyouts at Jean-Georges.

Foster Kamer, Mashable managing editor:

Hottest New Meal-Kit Subscription Service Is Actually Just Food Ration of Overcooked Steak Because We're Living Under Martial Law

Keith McNally Just Said Some Wild Shit Again

Daring Restaurant Decides Not To Dignify Postmates Orders Anymore

A Bunch Of People Who Know Better Than You Agree With That Wild Shit Keith McNally Just Said

Daring Restaurant That Decided Not To Dignify Postmates Orders Anymore Closes

Get This, Some People Are Mad About That Wild Shit Keith McNally Just Said

Donald Trump Ate At The Landmark Last Night And You Bet They Served Him That Steak Well-Done

Middle Village: The New Ridgewood?

Bret Thorn, NRN senior food & beverage editor: Diners finally realize that quinoa sucks

Robert Sietsema, Eater senior critic: Restaurant Line Hysteria Only Increases

Kat Odell, author of Day Drinking: Heirloom grains and more house-milled flour from those heirloom grains will become more of a thing.

Marian Bull, food writer:

Cottage cheese is the dairy trend sweeping America's restaurants by storm

Food Media Finally Turns on Shitfoodblogger

Sonia Chopra, Eater managing editor: I hope 2017 is the year NYC stops trying to be LA.

Joe DiStefano, Chopsticks + Marrow blogger/food tour guide:

Trump Cafe Partners with Taco Bell for Run for The Border Taco Bowl

Arby’s Serves up Southwest Shark Jump Poke Burrito

Melissa McCart, Eater NY editor:

From Texas- to Cincinnati-style, Chili Makes a Comeback

Fast Casual Gets Faster and Cheaper: See Quinoa Vending Machines

Lockhart Steele, Eater co-founder/Vox Media editorial director:

Mr. Dips Soft-Serve Ice Cream Mascot Becomes World’s First Sentient AI

Charlotte Druckman, food writer/cookbook author:

Dining In is the New Dining Out: Takeout Is On The Rise as Restaurant Prices Soar

When Decadence is on the Menu: Fine Dining Shifts From Asceticism to Hedonism

Wash Your Own Damn Dishes: Underpaid Restaurant Workers Stage a Citywide Walkout

Matt Buchanan, Eater features editor:

The New Four Seasons Is a Shitshow but We Love It Anyway

Patty Diez, Eater NY associate editor: ​​

All New York Poke Restaurants Close Overnight

Daniel Boulud Launches Fast-Casual Concept

Serena Dai, Eater NY news editor:

David Chang’s Huge New Restaurant Has A Dose Of Clubstaurant Vibes

People Are Waiting Six Hours For Peking Duck At Da Dong

Coalition of Chefs Call For The End of New Restaurants Focused On "Simple, Wood-Fired" Cooking, lol jk that will never happen.

Nick Solares, Eater NY restaurant editor:

Revenge of the Large Plates

Alessandro Borgognone To Run White House Kitchen

Greg Morabito, Eater Upsell co-host:

Culinary Wax Museum Allows Foodies to Instagram Their Favorite NYC Dishes Without Actually Eating Them

Heavily-Funded Silicon Valley Start-Up Engineers Beef That Taste Like Veggie Burgers

Virtual Restaurants Get Their Own Virtual Critic: Say Hello to WellsBot 5000

El Chod Opens New Brunch-Only Restaurant, Chod In the Hole

Surprise! Michael Bao Was Secretly Behind the Poke Trend All Along

Top photo: Eatsa, the quinoa automat, by Serena Dai


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