Has there ever been a busier, wilder, more fun year for new restaurants? We can’t remember one. Out of everything we loved this year — and there was a lot — these are the ten spots we loved the most.
529 Henry St., Carroll Gardens; instagram.com/untablebrooklyn
Carroll Gardens is thought of as a haven for red-sauce and stroller-set brunch, but when UnTable arrived, a 15-minute walk from Ugly Baby, the neighborhood’s status as a destination for serious Thai cooking was confirmed. Chef Rachanon Kampimarn swerves from the traditional (grilled chicken in green curry) to the interpretative (tom kha chowder), and his laarb nuang pairs irresistibly juicy beef and sweated scallion. Crunchy crab croquettes come with tom-yum purée that could be bottled and sold, while crudité is the must-order thanks to its nam prik ong, a pork and tomato dip. — C.C.