Grub Match: Josh Ozersky and Joshua David Stein Slug it Out

Grub Match

Grub Match

It was a busy year in the ever-changing New York restaurant scene, from cronuts to ramenburgers, MP Taverna to Piora, Costata to Carbone, where expense accounts go to die. What were the year’s hits, misses and standouts? Which new venues have staying power, and what absurdities will spoil faster than you can say “bacon chocolate shake”? The knives came out when Observer contributor Josh Ozersky and restaurant critic Joshua David Stein carved up topics ranging from chef of the year to sign of the dining apocalypse, best dessert to best dining neighborhood. Gentlemen, we’re ready to order.

Best DishBest new Restaurant Budget

Best New Restaurant High End

Best AtmosphereBest and Worst Trend

Best Food NeighborhoodBest Dessert

Chef of the Year

Expense Account RestaurantNew Restaurant Likeliest to Last

Most Underrated RestaurantMost Overrated Restaurant

Surest Sign of the Dining Apocalypse

Best ServicePredictions for 2014

Illustration by Dale Stephanos. Photographs courtesy of Daniel Krieger; Doug Inglish; Glen Allsop; Signe Birck; Giacomo Fortunato; Nicole Franzen; Luca Poltelli; Melissa Hom; Lucy Schaeffer; Evan Sung; Patrick McMullan