The latest issue of New York magazine lists Adam Platt’s top 101 restaurants in the city in 2011. I’ve been to a good chunk of them. Platt also looks at some restaurants who have moved up or down the list in the past year and why. Gramercy Tavern moved up, but I thought the food this year wasn’t exceptional. Balthazar moved down, and I would have to agree with that. I probably wouldn’t have it on the list. He also has a section of restaurants that didn’t make the list this year and why. This was enjoyable reading, as it’s funny but I disagree on some like Pure Food and Wine. If he can’t review vegetarian cuisine because he doesn’t like it very much, New York magazine should get someone who can. Not a good reason not to put an EXCELLENT restaurant on the list. He also has a section of closed restaurants. Chanterelle tops that list. Is there a restaurant like Chanterelle anymore in NYC? I also lament Fiamma. Restaurants I want to make it to in 2012: Dovetail, Telepan, Corton, Blue Hill, La Grenouille. Based on Platt’s review, I want to try Lincoln and Boulud Sud. Of course, these lists are subjective, and I would say being required to eat at more than 101 restaurants to choose the best 101 may take the specialness out of doing it.
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