Alan Richman isn’t the only critic picking favorites today. Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton drops his top ten New York openings of the year and they include (from top to bottom): the Breslin, Má Pêche, Torrisi, Maialino, Colicchio & Sons, the Mark, ABC Kitchen, Peels, Seersucker, Eataly, Brooklyn Fare, and Kajitsu. You’ll notice Lincoln isn’t on there; Sutton points out that Benno’s restaurant has cut prices after lackluster reviews, but that’s bucking a trend of price inflation at other spots like Masa, Eleven Madison Park, Del Posto, and Minetta Tavern, where the strip steak has gone from $36 to $48. Also not on the list: the Lion (“by far the worst restaurant of the year”) and Faustina, where the “crummy Italian” confirms Scott Conant’s role as “the next Todd English, a talented chef more interested in expansion than improving his existing venues.” How does Scott Conant feel about that? Who knows! He’s busy opening a couple of places in Vegas today!
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