It's been a busy year, with big names such as Stephanie Izard and Curtis Duffy making us wait until December before opening the doors of their new spots. Some, including the chefs behind Fat Rice, earn an honorable mention for stellar food that avoided the spotlight. While others, such as Baume & Brix, had star-studded openings with a slew of successful chefs in the kitchen but need more time to work out some kinks. Click through the slide show below to see which new eateries have defined the culinary scene this year, and let us know which you've liked in the comments.
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