Look! A Top Ten Restaurants List That Goes Beyond the Usual Suspects


Except for the occasional outlier, year-end best-restaurant lists usually end up touting the same critical smashes you’ve been hearing about for months. Not that we don’t like Morini or the Breslin, but it can get a little boring. Which is why we were happy to come across this lineup from blogger Jeff Orlick of Jeffrey Tastes. He manages to get in mentions for Thai joints in Queens (Ambala Thai, Playground Thai), a Filipino lunch place (Fiesta Grill), and — in a move that does parallel some critics — M. Wells. [Jeffrey Tastes]