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It was another exciting year for the New York City dining scene, with new spots boasting everything from amped-up Asian to seductive Spanish to reimagined Italian. And last night, Time Out New York held their annual industry awards to honor the very best new restaurants, bars and chefs.
Taking over Marquee nightclub, the 2014 Food & Drink Awards presented by Stella Artois paid tribute to the city’s culinary finest in a grand celebration attended by top toques, restauranteurs, mixologists and industry insiders. Guests sampled signature dishes from nominated spots, including Toro, Pearl & Ash, Betony, Bunker and Dominique Ansel Bakery, and sipped craft cocktails created by Golden Cadillac, Betony, Attaboy and The Long Island Bar.
TONY readers voted for their faves to determine ten winners in the Readers’ Choice categories—top honors included Best New Restaurant (Carbone), Chef of the Year (Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi), Best New Sushi (Sushi Nakazawa), Best New Cocktail Bar (The Dead Rabbit), Best New Southeast Asian (Uncle Boon’s) and Best Brand Extension (Lafayette). Additionally, ten Critics’ Picks were presented, in aptly named categories ranging from the Dirty Disco Award (Golden Cadillac) and the “Soy, Vey!” Award (Ivan Ramen) to the Global 180 Award (Mission Cantina) and the Mad Scientist Cooks At Home Award (Alder). All twenty coveted awards were handed out during the event and the full list of this year’s winners can be found here.
Many congrats to all the talented 2014 winners and nominees!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the Big Apple is celebrating this romantic time of year by showing off its sweet side. Created in 2011, NYC Chocolate Week is the first event in New York City entirely dedicated to the art of preparing chocolate. During this ten-day culinary showcase, dozens of participating restaurants and their chefs will highlight chocolate’s irresistible qualities through exclusive food and wine pairings and specialty desserts.
From February 4-13, chocolate lovers have the opportunity to indulge their sweet tooth at romantic spots including Café Noir, La Bergamote Bistro, Artisanal, Ayza West Village and L’Atelier du Chocolat. Details vary by location, but many offer complimentary confections and decadent dessert samplings along with your meal.
Need a little more temptation? By attending a NYC Chocolate Week event, you’ll also be supporting official charity partner Action Against Hunger in the fight against malnutrition worldwide. Giving back never sounded so sweet.
For more info and a full list of participating restaurants, visit ChocolateWeekNYC.com.
Image courtesy of AyzaNYC.com
My good friends at LocalBozo.com are throwing their first-ever food event on Tuesday, October 8th at Santos Party House and you’re invited. “Local Eats 2013” will feature delicious tastings from NYC restaurants Alison Eighteen, Swine, Boulton & Watt, Sotto 13 and more, alongside unlimited craft beers from Blue Point, Bronx Brewery and Lagunitas, wines from the Finger Lakes, and Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff spirits.
Attendees will also get to participate in a silent auction, with 100% of proceeds benefitting KEEN New York—a local nonprofit organization that works with developmentally disabled children in arts and athletics.
Tickets are affordably priced at $45 (two hour tasting beginning at 7:30pm) or $55 for VIP tickets (three hour tasting beginning at 6:30pm with exclusive gift bags), and are available here.
Come join me and get local with the best bunch of bozos around! And for the scoop on all the hottest NYC happenings—from concerts and sports to restaurants and red carpet events—be sure to follow @LocalBozo.