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Here Are NYC’s 2019 James Beard Awards Finalists

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Brooks Headley of Superiority Burger, the Jody Williams and Rita Sodi team at Via Carota, and Frenchette made the finalist list

A white plate with pasta, piled with pink prosciutto and cheese
Via Carota pasta
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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

Dead Rabbit

Outstanding Baker

Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit

Outstanding Restaurateur

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



Outstanding Restaurant


Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.