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.
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