OK so we are now officially into 2010 so it is time to look ahead to another great year of eating out in NYC!!!! Yeah Baby!
2009 was a great year for me and I was priveleged to hit a lot of my "must try" spots. These included Craft, Babbo, Daniel, Gotham Bar and Grill, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Modern Bar Room, Minetta Tavern, Del Posto, Old Homestead, BLT Steak, Strip House, Quality Meats., Momofuku Ssam Bar and more! Some lived up to expectations, some exceeded, some fell flat. But this is why we try them....
Now onto 2010... I thought it would be fun for everyone to share what spots are on their "Must Try 2k10" list. I have come up with a bunch off the top of my head but there really are so many. Here is my preliminary list and I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's too!!
Steakhouses- Wolfgang's, Ben and Jack's, Sparks ( even though they don't serve bone-in I must see how they stack up to make my steakhouse rankings completed), Mark Joseph
Italian- Convivio, Scarpetta, Alto, Maialino, Il Mulino, Locanda Verde, Lupa, Otto, A Voce, Peasant, Marea, Max, Hearth, Apizz, Inoteca, Felidia, Esca, Dell'Anima, Bellavitae
French- Per Se, Jean Georges, Bouley, Le Bernardin, Adour, La Grenouille, Veritas, SHO Shaun H, Cafe Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Nougatine, Picholine
French (Bistro)- Balthazar, Artisanal
American (fine dining)- Aureole, Blue Hill, Dovetail, BLT Market, David Burke Townhouse, Telepan, Tocqueville, Union Square Cafe
American (mid-level, gastropubs,etc)- Little Owl, Commerce, Blue Ribbon, Spotted Pig, Perilla, Prune, Momofuku Noodle (Fried chicken dinner only)
BBQ- Daisy May's, Hill Country, Dinosaur
Pizza- Lombardi's, Grimaldi's, Artichoke, Luzzo's, Totonno's, Co., Keste, Franny's, Bleecker Street Pizza, Lucali, Nick's
Spanish/Latin/Cuban- Casa Mono, Boqueria, Caracas Arepas Bar, Cafecito, Asia de Cuba, Mama Mexico, Pampano, Toloache, Soccarat
Burgers- Corner Bistro, Black Iron, BLT Burger, Stand
Chinese- Amazing 66, Congee Village, NY Noodletown, Joe's Shanghai
Brunch- Norma's, Freeman's, Permanent Brunch, Cookshop, Pastis, Morandi, Veselka
German - Heidelberg (Pork shank babe)
Eclectic- Fatt Crab, Stanton Social, Wd-50
Rest of the Pack- Pommes Frites, Katz, Defonte's, Porchetta, Mary's Fish Camp
Soul Food- Sylvia's, Miss Mamie, Char No. 4
Desserts and such- Chickalicious, Max Brenner ( I know), Cafe Sabarsky, Veniero's, Ferrara's, Rocco's, Chinatown Ice Cream Factoy, Laboratorio del Gelato, Grom, Serendipity 3 (I know)
Brooklyn- Diner, Dressler, Dumont, Marlow and Sons, Brennan and Carr, Al Di La, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Egg
This is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG! I know I am nuts but once I started I could not stop. Definitely forgetting tons and I am sure a lot do not even belong on the list or should warrant a visit. But hey let's see your lists guys.