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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:18 PM

Wells:

 

The Grill

Guan Fu Sichuan

Empellon

King

Flora Bar

Chumley's

Atla

Atoboy

Little Tong Noodle Shop

Ugly Baby



#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:21 PM

Sutton:

 

El Quinto Pino

Superiority Burger

Cote

Nargis

The Grill 

Flora Bar

Atla

Empellon

Uncle Boon's Sister

Chinese Tuxedo

Little Tong Noodle Shop

Corner Slice

Reynard

Vinni i Fritti



#3 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:23 PM

Sutton explicitly allowed himself a couple of old places, the year as a whole being a "snoozer."  Aside from those veterans, there's very little on either list which interests me much.



#4 Steve R.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:03 PM

Not surprisingly, I've only been to 2 on Wells' list & only 1 on Sutton's.

 

I was really impressed with Guan Fu & didn't think I would be.

I also really liked Ugly Baby.

 

I'd been to the original Nargis (Coney Island Ave/Ave Z) several times at about the same rate as Taci's Beyti.  Same basic price point, but different enough from Turkish to put them both on a rotation.  Now that the Park Slope branch of Nargis has opened, we've been there 3 or 4 times already, taking friends who've not ventured out to the other end of Bklyn.  Its a nicer place with slightly less of a huge menu, a slightly higher price point & food every bit as good as their flagship.  And, when it gets warm out again, the outside back area looks great.  There's nothing more here than satisfying Uzbek food (various fried & boiled dumplings, good soups, a decent herring app & I love skewers of chicken hearts &/or beef liver, not to mention a salad made with tongue & mayo) and, for me, that's enough for an every 2-3 month dinner.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:08 PM

It is very hard for me to understand how Little Tong can be one of the best restaurants of the year.


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#6 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:19 PM

It's a good ol' $25 And Under, isn't it? Uncle Boon's Sister too.

 

Unusual number of Asian places on these lists.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:22 PM


Unusual number of Asian places on these lists.

 

i wondered about that, too.    Any reason for it?    Paucity of price/quality alternatives?


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:23 PM

Interestingly, most of the restaurants on Wells' list made it with two stars.  Has he really been that mean with stars this year?
 

ETA: In other words, are The Grill, Gran Fu Sichuan, and Empellon the only new restaurants which got three (or more) stars this year?



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:33 PM

He gave three stars to that pizza restaurant in Jersey City.


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#10 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:59 PM

Oh dear.

 

No wonder I feel completely out of touch with these lists. There are few places on them I'd have visited, either for the Pink Pig or out of personal interest.

 

With fourteen business trips this year (just avoided a fifteenth I'm pleased to say), I did most of my "proper" restaurant eating on the road. I don't feel I've missed much.



#11 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 10:02 PM

Otway would have been my new restaurant of the year in NYC.  



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:39 AM

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Sad lists for sure.
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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:22 PM

Has anyone been to Reynard since the chef changed? Looking forward to trying Guan Fu. Thought Ugly Baby was ok but not that exciting.



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

Should Chumley's get an asterisk since Chef Blamey just left?

All The Grill love has me dumbfounded. It's okay. Well executed but completely (and intentionally, I suppose) uncreative. It's like giving the Tony for "best new musical" to a well-produced revival of West Side Story. I'd have given it a solid two though I understand why Wells gave it three. Sutton's four was completely confounding, though, especially given his excoriation of Beatrice for their prices - something The Grill is arguably even more guilty of - just weeks prior.

 

Interestingly, most of the restaurants on Wells' list made it with two stars.  Has he really been that mean with stars this year?
 

ETA: In other words, are The Grill, Gran Fu Sichuan, and Empellon the only new restaurants which got three (or more) stars this year?

 

Seems about average for him...
2016: 4 new three-and uppers
2015: 3
2014: 2
2013: 3
2012: 4

I might have miscounted one of those years... but three seems to be right in line with his usual for "new" places. Though what qualifies as "new" is mysterious - i.e. Aquavit under Bengtsson got three but didn't make it to his "best new" list that year, even though it was a new chef. Whereas Ko got three the last time he weighed in but did make his "new" list... because new digs > new chef, I guess?



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 09:16 PM

Thanks for the stats.  Yes, "new" seems an elastic term.