Lists of Must-Visit Places Avoid Recommending Momofuku, But Can’t Resist Referencing It


In addition to a Nations Restaurant News' list of The 50 All-American Icons (Katzs, Genos Steaks, Kellys Roast Beef, In-N-Out, and more), Food and Wine has published a list of The World's Top 10 Life-Changing Restaurants that, of course, includes El Bulli, the Fat Duck, French Laundry, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Lists dont get much more obvious than these two but more idiosyncratic is the Posts list of 8 Culinary Adventures for 2010. Pegged on Richard Bransons new culinary resort in Jersey, the piece goes on to recommend a trio of oyster spots in San Francisco, Animal in Los Angeles, Great Lake in Chicago, and declares Philadelphias Zahav the new Momofuku. Quote: Michael Solomonov does for Israeli cooking what David Chang does for Asian cooking.

Agh. Look, we dig Solomonov, too, but clearly the Post hasnt read our rant about lazily comparing everything to Momofuku. Comparing Zahav (which strives for fairly authentic Israeli cuisine in a more upscale-ish setting than your basic falafel stand) to Momofuku is like comparing apples to oranges, or heck, ramen to hummus.

NRN 50: All-American Icons [NRN]
World's Top 10 Life-Changing Restaurants [Food and Wine]
8 culinary adventures for 2010 [NYP]