Time Out New York 2011: Food & Drink Awards

TONY's new award winners are announced at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village.
Time Out New York 2011: Food & Drink Awards
Arthur Bovino


Time Out New York's 2011 Food & Drink Awards went down at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. New York City's gastroratti mingled in the basement space listening to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks while noshing on tastes presented by nominees and award winners, most notably ABC Kitchen's glazed donuts, The Brindle Room's Frito Pie, and Four & Twenty Blackbird's Salty Honey Pie. Pies 'n' Thighs famed chicken biscuits were lamentably cold. News heard in the crowd? The Times' review this week may be M. Wells. The Time Out New York 2011 winners follow.

Readers' Choice Award Winners

Best New Cocktail Bar: Dram
Nominees: Lani Kai, Painkiller, Weather Up Tribeca

Best New Restaurant: ABC Kitchen
Nominees: M. Wells, Osteria Morini, Torrisi

Best Southern Comfort: Pies 'n' Thighs
Nominees: The Commodore, Peels, Tchoup Shop

Best New Neighborhood Joint: Thistle Hill Tavern
Nominees: Bringle Room, Brooklyn Farmacy, Jeffrey's Grocery

Best Comeback: The John Dory Oyster Bar
Nominees: Annisa, The Brooklyn Star, Hecho en Dumbo

Best New Pizza: Paulie Gee's
Nominees: Best Pizza, La Pizza & Pasta at Eataly, Rubirosa

Best New Brooklyn Restauant: Fatty 'Cue
Nominees: Kaz An Nous, Peaches HotHouse, Traif

Chef of the Year: Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen
Nominees: April Bloomfield (The John Dory), Hugue Dufour (M. Wells), Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (Torrisi)

Empire Builder of the Year: David Chang
Nominees: Bobby Munekata (Hide-Chan Ramen), Gabriel Stulman (Fedora), Michael White (Osteria Morini)

Best New Local: The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen
Nominees: Bier International, Lady Jay's, Woodwork


Critics' Picks

The Don't Hate on Canada Award: M. Wells
Best Lei in Town: Painkiller
Best Boundary-Busting Comfort Food: Fedora
The Go Big or Go Home Award: Osteria Morini
Best Checkmate to Ippudo: Hide-Chan Ramen
The Alpha-Grocer Award: Eataly
Artisans of the Year: Four & Twenty Blackbird
The Pretty Thai for a White Guy: Kin Shop
Best Red-Sauce Rebuttal: Torrisi
Best Reason to Go Dutch: Vandaag

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