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These are New York City's 2016 James Beard Award nominees

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Christina Izzo
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That New York was well-represented among this year's nominees for the 2016 James Beard Awards shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The lineup for this year's awards includes a rookie neobistro, a next-level absinthe-fueled bar program and world-class pastry chefs. The winners in the Restaurant and Chef categories will be announced at an awards gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 2. (The Book, Broadcast and Journalism victors will be awarded at a separate event here in New York on Tuesday, April 26.) While you wait for the big night, check out this year's New York nominees: 

RECOMMENDED: See the complete James Beard Awards guide

Best New Restaurant:
Wildair

Outstanding Restaurant:
Momofuku Noodle Bar
The Spotted Pig

Outstanding Restaurateur:
Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café)
Stephen Starr (The Clocktower, Upland, Buddakan NY)

Outstanding Baker:
Zachary Golper (Bien Cuit)

Outstanding Bar Program:
Maison Premiere

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Ghaya Oliveira (Daniel)
Jennifer Yee (Lafayette)

Best Restaurant Design or Renovation (75 seats and under): 
Bruno (Demian Repucci)
Untitled (Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson)

Outstanding Service:
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Eleven Madison Park

Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Angela Dimayuga (Mission Chinese Food)
Matt Rudofker (Momofuku Ssäm Bar)
Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme)

Best Chef New York City:
Anita Lo (Annisa)
Marco Canora (Hearth)
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (Carbone)
Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto)
Jody Williams (Buvette)

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