Every year, the James Beard Foundation focuses on singling out the best chefs/restaurants in a bunch of different categories across the nation (Best New Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Hilarious Writer For A Men's Interest Site...) -- a singling-out that's hitting the home stretch with today's announcement of the finalists. Check out who/what in NYC made the final cut (and opened their doors to an insane surge of reservation-making), count up how many you've been to, and check out what that number reveals about you at the bottom.
NYC JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION FINALISTS
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
- The Bar at the NoMad Hotel
- Maison Premiere
- Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
Outstanding Pastry Chef
- Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery
- Christina Tosi, Momofuku
- Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50)
- Blue Hill
Outstanding Wine Program
- Bar Boulud
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
- Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery
- David Wondrich, Spirits Educator
Best Chef: NYC
- April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
- Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen
- Mark Ladner, Del Posto
- Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
- Michael White, Marea
0-5 Places: Please stop ordering in all the time. A little foam emulsion never hurt anyone.
5-10 Places: You like to keep abreast of the food scene. You own a French press.
10-15 Places: You brushed up against Cesar Ramirez at Brooklyn Fare once, and didn't wash your shoulder for a month.
15-19 Places: You are James Beard. No? Well, you at least have a beard.
Julie Cerick is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist, and thinks ABC Kitchen should take home every single award. Follow her on Twitter.