12/17/2012 05:20:00 PM

New York's 18 Hottest New Restaurants of 2012

The Nomad
Oh 2012, we hardly knew ye (and not just because of all the excellent cocktails we had). The NYC dining scene got fancy once again this year, with expensive tasting menus and opulent openings that would have seemed overblown during the height of the recession. There were also a few lower-key options that were just as tasty: a San Francisco import heated up the city's Chinese restaurant scene (through the liberal use of spice), and a Nordic pop-up in Williamsburg was one of Brooklyn's most interesting new restaurants. And that's just for starters. Here are the 18 establishments that defined the year in dining, and let us know which were your favorite openings in the comments.

Bonus: Nightlife lovers can check out the 15 coolest new bars, lounges and clubs of the year here.

15 comments :

  1. These CANNOT all really be in the southern quadrant of Manhattan or Brooklyn ONLY. It sounds suspiciously like the author of this piece does not want to venture to the other three boroughs or anywhere above 34th street in Manhattan.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. There are many good restaurants uptown and in the other boroughs. I\For example,I just went to LeMonde on Broadway and 113th. The food was excellent and presentation great. I live in West Harlem and we have good restaurants -- Jin, Pisticci, Covo. And the prices are affordable.

      Savona Bailey-McClain

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    2. I won't say it's exactly as you put it but the piece is definitely steeply slanted.

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  2. Does Zagat know where its readers live? The Brooklyn listings here are crazily inconvenient. hey, Philly has a good restaurant scene too, but no wants to spend longer on a train than it takes to eat.

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  3. I dined at Compose and felt like a sucker. Who dares to charge Daniel prices for less quality food? Atera should be mindful not to raise their prices. Does anyone in NY follow chefs from Portland? Although the space is nice and intimate, it's also near a lot of offices and at night, it feels like ghostown. Good luck!

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  4. We are up to our eyeballs with $10 dresses with $2000 labels, now we have $8 meals with $65 prices. There is a sucker born every second..................

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  5. Name new excellent restaurants uptown & elsewhere then - I just read a few reviews of Hakkasan that said it's basically a "Ruby Foo's for rich people."

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  6. These are good suggestions. I would have included Grán Eléctrica in Dumbo and also the new Japanese restaurant Ootoya!

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  7. There aren't any listed uptown because there aren't any hot new restaurants uptown!

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  8. Trattoria 35 in Bayside....Great food, great service and has Valet parking....come to Northeast Queens...

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  9. I believe the chef at Reynard's is Sean Rembold (exec chef of Marlow and Diner as well). Andrew Tarlow is the owner.

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  10. Empellon could be the worst Mexican in the Northeast, forget about in Manhattan. Menu reads nice and some of the fusion dishes sound downright divine, but the execution leaves much to be desired...

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