Welcome to Year in Eater 2022, Eater’s annual ritual to praise the last 12 months through contributions from the city’s leading food writers and New York figures. During the last week of 2022, Eater NY will post daily questions about the New York City restaurant scene over the past year, with answers from those who know it best: Eater editors and friends of Eater . Now: What were your regular destinations in 2022? What newcomer to the scene has you excited this year?
Mohamed Attia, managing director, Street Vendor Project: Our office is located at 40 Rector Street, and we are fortunate to have amazing street food options just a few blocks away at Zuccotti Park. Biryani House and Sam’s Falafel have good and unique flavor, healthy and affordable halal food, and good people!
Mahira Rivers, food journalist: Every neighborhood seems to be in its “best new restaurant” era, but I went to Quang Nguyen and Dina Fan’s residency at People’s Wine Bar earlier this year and still think about the grilled lobster with au poivre sauce … so I was very excited to visit Cool World in Greenpoint, where Nguyen is cooking these days. The sauces are still brilliant and the crab chip toast is 10/10, highly recommended!
Deanna Ting, New York editor, Resy: Go to Ming’s Caffe on Canal Street for a Hong Kong-style breakfast before heading to the office. I ended up at Gage & Tollner for a few celebrations this year, and it was always a lot of fun. At night, I’d meet up at Double Chicken Please for a drink (I love that Japanese cold noodle cocktail, and it’s great that you can get a non-alcoholic version too). There were so many great places I enjoyed going to this year, but some of the highlights were Department of Culture, Wenwen, El Quixote, and 53. The storytelling behind the menu at the Department of Culture made me the whole meal At Wenwen, I loved how you could tell how they were doing there. I missed the old Don Quixote and was worried it would lose its charm with this reboot, but it didn’t at all. 53 was a pleasant surprise; the food is truly exceptional.
Robert Sietsema, Senior Food Critic, Eater NY: I must have been to Zaab Zaab half a dozen times, with its combination of heat, dishes unique to the Isan region, organ meats in a kitchen rarely seen here before, and yes, the informal and cheerful atmosphere. of the place
Korsha Wilson, Food Journalist: The Brooklyn Department of Culture is a game changer for sure. The specificity with which Chef Ayo Balogun is exploring ingredients and dishes from the region of Nigeria where he grew up is a welcome addition to the city’s African restaurant scene. It’s refreshing to see because many restaurants bring together the entire African diaspora (Africa, the Caribbean and South America) when there are so many regional differences. Otherwise my favorite was Shukette. I could sit at that bar, dipping pita and lafa in fluffy whipped garlic, listening to 90s/2000s hip hop and drinking sparkling rosé, all night long.
Jaeki Cho, Host, Righteous Eats: Trinciti Roti Shop in Ozone Park. I go there for the doubles, the oven, and the shark on the weekends (when I have time to wait in line), and I always get my seaweed. As for newcomers, Zaab Zaab comes to mind. We don’t usually highlight restaurant openings on Righteous Eats, but Zaab Zaab is on the same block where I grew up, and it’s fascinating to see how Woodside Avenue has changed and become a destination for Thai food. Zaab Zaab is the first place I tried Isan-style Thai and had a proper larb. All the accolades coming in are well deserved, shout out to the team over there.
Stephanie Wu, Editor-in-Chief, Eater: I’m rarely a regular, but places I’ve been to at least three times every year this year, that’s saying a lot! — Includes Mala House, a new Sichuan restaurant near me that has become my go-to takeout spot; Wenwen, Eric Sze’s new Taiwanese spot in Greenpoint, now serving brunch; and Jerrell’s Betr Brgr, serving vegan smash burgers in Soho.
Pat Kiernan, news anchor, NY1: Cakes It is consistently excellent. It is fun. It’s three minutes from my office. And it opens early for breakfast and lunch. Newcomer: We were so excited to learn that the hottest addition to Williamsburg this year is just two blocks from my house. We were less excited to learn that it is almost impossible to get a reservation. But our one visit to Laser Wolf did not disappoint. We had a spectacular view of the sunset.
Moonlynn Tsai, Co-Founder, Heart of Dinner: You’ll most likely find me at Wu’s Wonton for a bowl of tri-colored wontons with a side of roast duck, and then as a midday treat, Yin and I love to wander over to Lady Wong, which has were our new favorite restaurants that opened last year for their delicious kuihs, before heading over to La Cabra for an afternoon cortat and another pastry from Librae Bakery!
Scott Lynch, Contributor, Hell Gate and Brooklyn Magazine: Yellow Rose, Golden Diner, Mama’s Too and Malai ice cream always make me happy. During the summer I go to a Rockaway Bakery – Tacoway Beach twofer, or go to the incomparable Brothers concession stand at Beach 106. If I lived a different life, newcomers like Syko, Oma Grassa, Zaab Zaab, Cruz de Sur, Baby Blues Luncheonette , Fish With You and Rodo Foods would definitely be in the regular rotation.
Nicolas Heller, New York Nico: Go to: Anthony and Son’s Panini Shop, La Bonbonniere, Casa Adela, Punjabi Deli, the Tyger, Thai Diner, Greenberg’s Bagels, Cuts & Slices, Saigon Social, Veselka, Lemon Ice King of Corona. New arrivals: Ensenada, Nura and S&P.
Mike Diago, Bittman Project writer: I live in the Hudson Valley, but whenever I’m in town I try a new place for me and then head to Little Spain, usually Spanish Diner or La Barra for tapas and claras, the beer and soda mix of lemon that is served in a porron.
Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, deputy director of the Street Vendors Project: Chalupas Poblanas El Tlecuile, run by Cleotilde Juarez and her family, opened out of necessity in the middle of the pandemic, and this year saw a big boost in business thanks in large part to being featured by Righteous Eats, now gaining notoriety in crown and beyond. A must visit at 37-47 Junction Boulevard on weekends.
Sara, Madison and Carly Shapiro, Sister Snacking: We’ve been to neighborhood spots a lot and we’ve stayed close to home while finding places we can go back to that aren’t picky. Madison lives in the West Village and loves Malatesta for its pink sauce ravioli and grilled calamari. Claud was truly spectacular: we will dream of his escargot croquettes. and Lord’s from the team behind Dame. The Lord is where we want to spend every cold night this winter. Nura also really impressed us with her brunch and dinner.
Caroline Shin, Contributor, Eater NY: I visit my nice neighborhood spots more often: Aliada (seafood set for two), Kondo (fried squid legs and handwritten daily specials), any of the Brazilian “kilo” spots like Point Brazil, Copacabana, Villa Brazil (short with salt crust). Ribs and Cabbage Salad), Los Parceros (massive Colombian yuca bread), Meet Fresh (shaved gels with Taiwanese herb jelly) and my milk tea servings like Moge Tee, Teazzi and Gongcha. I was really excited about Seoul Ttukbaegi, a small, no-frills place filled with Korean locals, especially older people. I love bubbles in soups and stews so much.
Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet, photographer: Playground in Jackson Heights. This place is always my go-to destination for Thai food, either by myself or with friends.
Christopher Robbins, editor, Hell Gate: B&H Dairy for weekend lunches, Projecte Málà for weekday dinners, Streecha for stuffed cabbage and fritters, C&B for veggie sandwiches. Eastwood for the best crispy chicken and fries sandwich in New York.
Ryan Sutton, Chief Food Critic, Eater NY: Pastries for a quiet post-Whitney dinner, Guantanamera for a mojito after teaching at CUNY for three hours, Cosme for an occasional knock-off, Spanish Diner for an all-you-can-eat ‘we gotta eat somewhere really good’ and not too expensive” and Urban Hawker will be on that list soon too, for Lady Wong’s sweets after spending a few hours in my “satellite office” at MoMA. Newcomer: Cove. Chef Luis Herrera is seriously talented, and I think the Williamsburg restaurant’s mole d’ala tacos with XO sauce and branzino al pastor are two of the hits of the year.