Today, the process of choosing this year’s Eater Award winners in New York City’s restaurant world continues with the selection of our finalists. After fielding many solid ideas from readers during the course of our month-long nomination period, it’s time to narrow the playing field.
There are five finalists in three categories: Restaurant of the Year, Design of the Year, and Best Bakery of the Year.
Ahead, here’s who made the cut.
Restaurant of the Year
Haenyeo, a homey Park Slope restaurant where chef Jenny Kwak excels at thrilling Korean and fusion fare, including a standout rice cake fundido
Llama San, the Greenwich Village Nikkei restaurant, where Japanese and Peruvian flavors take a life of their own under chef Erik Ramirez
Kawi, the Momofuku restaurant in Hudson Yards where chef Eunjo Park deftly executes upscale Korean fare
Rezdôra, a pasta newcomer that specializes in dishes from the Emilia-Romagna region, where chef Stefano Secchi used to cook
Wayan, chef Cedric Vongerichten’s first solo restaurant, a casual space that dishes out sometimes breathtaking French-inflected Indonesian dishes
Design of the Year
Gertie, a light and airy all-day restaurant that feels warm and inviting
Le Jardinier, the elegant restaurant from a Joël Robuchon alum, designed by Parisian architect Joseph Dirand
GupShup, the lively, bilevel Indian restaurant with a tiger mural by the artist Sonny
Hutong, the upscale Chinese restaurant in an expansive Art Deco-inspired space
Llama San, the restaurant is filled with light wood and plants
Best Bakery of the Year
Ole & Steen, the Union Square Danish import with stellar breads, sandwiches, and pasties
Win Son Bakery, the second restaurant from the Win Son team where pastry chef Danielle Spencer makes Taiwanese-American pastries, including a stand-out mochi doughnut
Fabrique Bakery, a Swedish import in Chelsea with stand-out sourdough bread and pastries, especially its famed cardamom bun
Farine Baking Company, a popular Jackson Heights newcomer with a slew of pies, cookies, cakes, danishes, and other pastries, such as a dulce de leche cream puff
Ciao, Gloria, an Italian-American Prospect Heights restaurant and bakery where there’s a morning bake with cinnamon rolls and morning buns and an afternoon bake with brownies and cookies
All of these finalists have either opened or come into their own in a new way since we declared the winners last year, and all of them were key contributors to making 2019 a great year of eating in New York. So please, take a moment to give these brave finalists a round of applause. Winners will be crowned, with much fanfare, on December 10, 2019.