Inaugural Hospitality Awards Honors Industry Winners

May 19, 2016 9:58 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:30 pm

The New York City Hospitality Alliance hosted its first inaugural awards last week.

“We are a passionate industry and it’s important to recognize the hard work and dedication these individuals and businesses put into their craft. Hospitality is an art, and we are so proud to honor and celebrate their contributions,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, in a press release.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance is a membership-based trade association founded in 2012 that represents restaurants and nightlife establishments throughout the five boroughs.

Jeffrey Bank (C) The Alicart Restaurant Group accepts an award. (NYCHA)
Jeffrey Bank (C) of the Alicart Restaurant Group accepts the Big Apple Legacy Award. (New York City Hospitality Alliance)

The winners’ list:

Big Apple Legacy Award (given to an individual whose success and influence will leave a lasting impact on the NYC hospitality industry)
Jeffrey Bank, The Alicart Restaurant Group (Carmine’s & Virgil’s Real Barbecue)

Philanthropy Served Here Award (given to a hospitality industry company and charitable organization that work together to make New York City neighborhoods a more hospitable place)
fresh&co and the Food Education Fund

Next Generation Award (given to an up-and-coming or established mover and shaker who is still early in its hospitality industry career)
John Meadow (LDV Hospitality)

The Determination Award (given to an individual who started at an entry-level job in the hospitality industry and is now in a leadership role):
Robert McGovern (The Refinery Hotel)

Hearts of Hospitality Award (given to an individual who is recognized for excellence in the profession of human resources in hospitality)
Angie Buonpane (Union Square Hospitality Group)

I ❤ Hospitality Award (given to a favorite restaurant in each borough as chosen by hospitality industry professionals):
I ❤ Brooklyn: Peter Luger
I ❤ Bronx: Mike’s Deli
I ❤ Manhattan: Gramercy Tavern
I ❤ Queens: Taverna Kyclades
I ❤ Staten Island: Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret

True Taste of NYC Award (given for an iconic dish served at an iconic NYC restaurant):
2nd Ave Deli (Hot Pastrami Sandwich)

Nightowl Club Award (given to the important and/or influential club and/or operator):
Marquee New York

Nightowl Bar Award (given to the important and/or influential bar and/or owner):
Employees Only

#HospitalityGuruAward (given to the restaurant with the best food social media presence):
Milk Bar

Hospitality Technology Award (given for a technology platform enhancing the way the hospitality industry operates):