NYC Dining News: October 2012

By Vanessa Rios
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 7, 2012 Last Updated: October 8, 2012
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NYC’s Top Restaurants in the World

What joy! In case you haven’t heard, 5 of the top 50 restaurants in the world are right here in NYC.

British “Restaurant” magazine’s list of The World’s Best Restaurants gave NYC’s Per Se restaurant the No. 6 position, up from No. 10 last year. Eight years on the list, Per Se, located at 10 Columbus Circle (at 60th Street), was found to be “the art of precise execution overlooking Central Park.” Thomas Keller’s Per Se also won Best Restaurant in North America 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012.

Taking a big leap on the list is Eleven Madison Park restaurant, going from No. 24 last year to No. 10, an enviable spot. Three years on the list, Eleven Madison Park can also heartily brag about going from one Michelin star to three; truly a New York experience. Congratulations EMP.

The three other New York restaurants making it to the top 50 list: Le Bernardin (155 W. 51st St.) at No. 19. “Restaurant” magazine says it has an “almost-raw East Coast piscine purity.” Daniel (located at 60 E. 65th St.) places at No. 25 on the list. It is “slick French cooking with U.S. leanings from the Lyon king.” And not surprisingly, the fifth New York restaurant making the top 50 list this year is Momofuku Ssm Bar (located at 207 2nd Ave.). Said to create “hip high-end Asian comfort food,” David Chang does not cease to surprise and inspire connoisseurs worldwide with his delectable Asian cuisine.

NYC Street Vendor Food Contest Winners

The eighth annual Vendy Awards honored the best of thousands of New York street vendors who hawk their street-styled nourishments on a daily basis.

Held on Governor’s Island, this year’s overall winner is Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food (@PiaztlanBK), taking home the coveted Vendy Cup. A family-run food truck selling authentic Mexican food in Red Hook, they have been in business for over 20 years. When presented with the award, Piaztlan matriarch Eleazar Perez said touchingly, “This is my American Dream,” according to Woody Lovedude from Gothamist.

Other lip-smacking winners were The Cinnamon Snail Vegan Organic Food Truck (@VeganLunchTruck), chosen as the People’s Taste Award; Phil’s Steaks got Best Rookie Vendor; Melt Bakery (@meltbakery) took home Best Dessert Vendor; and Best Market Vendor Award went to Lumpia-Shack (@Lumpiashack).

Other distinguished Vendy Award Finalists were Hamza & Medina Halal Food truck in Glen Oaks; Uncle Gussy’s Traditional Greek Cuisine (@UncleGussys) truck in Manhattan; Tortas Neza in Corona, Queens; and Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs under the Manhattan Bridge in NYC.

Wines By the Ounce

Have you had your heart set on tasting a certain (very) expensive wine, but are short the $1,200 or so it takes to buy a bottle? recommends buying a taste of wine by the ounce at Alain Ducasse’s French bistro Benoit, where they are offering just that—a “precious sip.”

The bistro’s award-winning sommelier André Compeyre is presenting some gems and “allowing enthused customers to taste wines they may never otherwise have been able to.”

Compeyre has an email list he sends out with information on which rare wine will be opened and when. Prices vary, but are usually in the $29 to $48 range.

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