To keep tabs on every New York restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes: Best of 2014, a rundown of the eight must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past twelve moons. Bon appétit.
Let us now praise New York restaurants in 2014.
Out: the stuffy pretense of years before.
In: relaxed and convivial vibes.
Looking for pizza, perhaps with béchamel and white truffles? Danny Meyer and Maialino’s Nick Anderer opened a buzzing open kitchen at the Martha Washington Hotel.
Prefer decadent French grub in a boisterous neo-cabaret? The Torrisi boys took care of that.
Have an appetite for oysters and rosé? On a boat? As the sun sets over the Hudson? Damned if we weren’t blessed with that as well.
Plus sizzling ribeyes, the best breakfast sandwiches this city’s seen in ages and, much to your correspondent’s delight, tacos.
Lots and lots of glorious tacos. On paper plates, no less.
In short, more than enough to keep you dining well into the new year.
So dine on, and drink well.