Sushi Nakazawa, Carbone Top New York Times 10 Best Restaurants of 2013 List

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The Elm's bouillabaisse makes "you believe that you were eating in New York’s best restaurant." Photo: Melissa Hom

In place of a weekly review, Pete Wells names his favorite restaurants of the year. They are, in order: Sushi Nakazawa, Carbone, Betony, Uncle Boons, Hanjan, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, the Elm, Estela, Pearl & Ash, and Alder.

It's a fun list that may as well serve as a blueprint to what's coming next for New York restaurants: After years of West versus East Coast boasts, sushi counters like the one at Nakazawa signal the arrival of Tsukiji-worthy fish; meanwhile, the sophisticated Thai cooking at Uncle Boons makes the conversation less about authenticity and more about skill. Over in Williamsburg, in the dining room at the Elm, coincidentally the only restaurant on the entire list that serves a hamburger (and only at brunch), Paul Liebrandt is tearing down and rebuilding his ideas about fine dining on the daily. "[H]e can make flavors do things that nobody else can," writes Wells; check the whole thing out here. [NYT, Related]