The impulse to distill food writing into neatly packaged lists is somewhat natural. We only want the best, the most, the strangest, the biggest. We want things ranked and bulletted, ordered under vague superlatives. Like the amuse bouche courses, natural wines, and novelty cocktails we strive to describe, we want our information to be digestible, too.
Here we give you just that: a segmented look at 2018’s bravest, newest, most skilled culinary acts. We’re serving our favorites in bite-sized pieces: the fresh-ground masa in Greenpoint, the skewered, blackened chicken on offer in NoMad. Of course, there’s more to every spot’s story. Opening a restaurant in New York is neither a neat nor simple enterprise. Each opening has spectacular narrative of its own.
So, with the fat cut off, here are our favorite New York restaurant openings of 2018. Each of these venues, however recently its laid its roots, has a history. You’ll taste it in the food.