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NYC Headline Predictions for 2018

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What Eater editors and friends think will drive news next year

Food Bank For New York City Can-Do Awards Dinner 2017 - Inside
Mario Batali was one of several chefs to be accused of sexual misconduct this year
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Welcome to Year in Eater 2017, Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months through input from the city’s top food writers. For 2017’s final week, Eater NY will be posting questions daily about New York City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from those who know it best: Eater editors and friends of Eater. The final topic: What will next year’s restaurant news headlines look like?


Robert Sietsema, Eater NY senior critic: More Chefs and Restaurateurs Accused of Sexual Misconduct is the most likely headline, which should surprise no one. Hopefully a new group of more diverse and creative chefs who treat their employees better will arrive in their wake, and delight us all.

Ryan Sutton, Eater NY chief critic: - Foot Traffic Down at New Restaurants Because They’re Crappy Restaurants Not Because of Labor Cost-Induced Price Hikes

- Governor Cuomo Announces Gradual Phasing Out of Tipped Minimum Starting at Year’s End (with tip credit fully disappearing by 2022 in NYC

- Journalists and Humans Who Think They Are Journalists Increasingly Cover Chefs and Restaurants as Normal Journalistic Subjects Instead of Being Completely Committed to Describing How Their Foie Gras Goulash Buns or Whatever Are Going to Change The Food World As We Know It

- Regular Restaurant PR Firms Start Poaching People from Crisis PR Firms

- People Who Invest in Restaurants Start to Think About Safe Work Environments, Diversity of Cuisines, Gender of Chefs More Diligently Before Investing

Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief: Major investors shift focus to female chefs to mitigate risk of scandal

Patty Diez, Eater editorial coordinator: - Pisellino by Rita Sodi and Jody Williams​ Is Here, and It's Amazing​

- Shutters 2018: This is Why We Don't Have Nice Things

Serena Dai, Eater NY editor: Male Chefs Complain That ‘Things Aren’t the Same Anymore’

Mayukh Sen, Munchies staff writer: - The Sad, Strange Saga of How an Ice Cream Shop's Sexy Cow Logo Ripped One New Jersey Town Apart

- We’re Obsessed with This Restaurant That Literally Looks Like a Prison

- I’m a Person of Color. Actually, Cultural Appropriation Is Good.

- Surprise! New Jersey’s Best Indian Food Is Actually in Jackson Heights, Queens

- Chrissy Teigen Just Shared This Genius Juice-Pouring Hack on an Instagram Story She Deleted After Two Minutes

- In Defense of Calling Food “Ethnic”

- This $1 Pouch of Rosé from Lidl Was Just Named One of the Best Wines in the World

- An Oral History of the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce Debacle, One Year On

Kevin Nguyen, GQ senior editor: Saltie Re-opens in Park Slope, To Be Next Door to Kevin Nguyen's Apartment

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