Update: Esquire’s Best New Restaurants of 2008

Following this morning’s breaking story of Luce’s Dominique Crenn winning Esquire’s Chef of the Year award, as well as Luce itself getting on the magazine’s 20-strong Best New Restaurants list, we’re pleased to bring you the complete list, which we’re posting after the jump.

As further proof to what we all knew — that magazine editors put together these lists based on what rhymes — Spruce joins Luce in the San Francisco contingent.

Again, congratulations to Crenn, Luce, and now Spruce.

Here’s the list:

Bar Boulud, NYC

Bar Blanc, NYC

Kampuchea, NYC

Scampo, Boston

Voice, Houston

Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

Takashi, Chicago

Mercat, Chicago

L.2O, Chicago (Restaurant Of The Year, as MP:Chicago broke this morning)

Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA

Luce, San Francisco (Chef Of The Year, which MP:SF broke this morning)

Palate, Glendale, CA

Convivio, NYC

Corbett’s, Louisville

Pacific Time, Miami

Zahav, Philadelphia

Distrito, Philadelphia

Terra, Tesuque, NM

Spruce, San Francisco

Scarpetta, NYC

Breaking: Esquire’s 2008 Chef Of The Year [MenuPages SF]
Luce [MenuPages]
Luce [Official Site]
Spruce [MenuPages]
Spruce [Official Site]


Update: Esquire’s Best New Restaurants of 2008