Food & Drink

We Pick the Best Restaurant Openings of 2012

21 meals you should eat ASAP

best new restaurants!

Some gifts keep on giving. Like an easy-to-bookmark list of 2012’s superlative restaurants. It will come in handy next time you can’t decide where the eff to eat.

Without further ado, our very serious and official awards.

Most Magical Cocktails: Aska

Hottest Restaurant: Mission Chinese Food

Supreme Mac (and Cheese) Daddy: Willow Road

Most Cerebral Comida: Empellon Cocina

Best Thai, No Tie: Pok Pok NY

Best Venue to Veg Out: The Butcher’s Daughter

Easiest Path to Lobster Nirvana: L&W Oyster Co.

Choicest Italian Spread: L’Apicio

Standing Ovation-Worthy Performance: The Library at The Public Theater

Top Reason to Not Have a Cow, Man: Pig and Khao

Cookie Monster Corral: Beurre & Sel

The Bossest Excuse to Get Sloppy: Pork Slope

Tastiest Grub That May or May Not Look like an Actual Grub (or Bark): Atera

Prettiest Pasta Palace: Isola

Biggest Babe Magnet: Swine

Best Reason to Forget Parsley, Sage, and Thyme: Rosemary’s

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, More: Gran Electrica

Top Reason to Brunch on Thursday: Leyla

Perfect Place to Get Sliced: Via Tribunali

No. 1 Reason to Stand the Heat: Yunnan Kitchen

Iron Chef, Gold Star: Tribeca Canvas