The James Beard Foundation has narrowed down its annual restaurant award nominations into a finalist list.
The annual awards, often called the Oscars of the food world, first put out a semifinalist list, followed by this finalist list. Next up is the awards ceremony with the winners on May 6 in Chicago.
This year’s semifinalist list in New York City looked different than years past, with more affordable entrants than ever before. But most of those nominees — Hometown Bar-B-Que, Kopitiam, Xi’an Famous Foods — have been cut out of the finalist list. The only one that remains is Superiority Burger, with owner Brooks Headley up for Best Chef: NYC.
Below is the who made finalist list in NYC.
Best Chef: New York City
Sean Gray, Momofuku Ko
Brooks Headley, Superiority Burger
Daniela Soto-Innes, Atla
Alex Stupak, Empellón Midtown
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, Via Carota
Outstanding Restaurant Design, 75 seats and under
Roman and Williams for La Mercerie
Studio Writers for Atomix
Outstanding Restaurant Design, 76 seats and over
Studio Razavi Architecture for Boqueria
Other Eating and Drinking Places
Summer Ops for Island Oyster
Outstanding Bar Program
Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit
Alex Raij and Eder Montero, NYC (La Vara, Txikito, Saint Julivert Fisherie, and others)
Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality Group, Philadelphia (Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson)
Best New Restaurant
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.