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