Time Out New York announces the nominations for the 2012 Food & Drink Awards, highlighting the best restaurants, bars, chefs, and dining trends of the year.
A winner will be selected by reader vote in each of the ten categories, including Best New Restaurant, Chef of the Year, Best New Cocktails, Best New Pizza, Best Out-of-Town Import, Best New Neighborhood Joint, Best New Bakery, Best Spin-off, Best New Beer Bar, and Best International Eats.
Chefs Alex Stupak, Damon Wise, Ignacio Mattos, and Seamus Mullen go head-to-head this year to claim the honor of Chef of the Year, a title currently held by ABC Kitchen's Dan Kluger, while hit eateries Boulud Sud, the Dutch, Isa, and the Monkey Bar defied steep competition to score nominations for 2012's Best New Restaurant.
"I'm particularly excited to celebrate the influx of out-of-town imports making waves in the New York food scene," says Jordana Rothman, Time Out's Food & Drink editor.
"Offshoots of renowned food landmarks across the country or overseas -- places like Pok Pok Wing, Fleisher's Grass-Fed & Organic Meats, and Hospoda -- retained their signature styles and caught fire in New York. We created a new category this year to honor that trend."
Other new categories include Best New Bakery and Best International Eats.
The winning Readers' Choice chefs, restaurants and bars will be announced along with ten additional Critics' Picks winners at the Time Out New York 2012 Food & Drink Awards live event on Monday, April 2, and featured on timeoutnewyork.com and in the magazine on Tuesday, April 3.
Users can vote for their favorites by visiting timeoutnewyork.com/vote and discuss online with #TONYfoodawards. The full list of nominees is below:
Best new restaurant
The Monkey Bar
Best new cocktails
Booker and Dax
The Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn
Best out-of-town import
Fleisher's Grass-Fed & Organic Meats (Kingston, NY)
Pok Pok Wing (Portland, OR)
Chef of the year
Alex Stupak (Empellon)
Damon Wise (The Monkey Bar)
Ignacio Mattos (Isa)
Seamus Mullen (Tertulia)
Best new pizza
Basil Brick Oven Pizza
Best new neighborhood joint
Earl's Beer and Cheese (Upper East Side)
Masten Lake (Williamsburg)
Porsena (East Village)
Red Rooster Harlem (Harlem)
Fatty 'Cue (West Village)
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Best new bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Best new beer bar
Taproom No. 307
Best international eats
Maharlika Filipino Moderno (Philippines)
Miss Lily's (Jamaica)
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