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The best of 2016

See our essential guide to the best of 2016 including upcoming concerts, movies, restaurant openings and more

Agnolotti at Lilia
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Over the past year, we saw some huge events and openings: Our best of 2016 feature highlights everything from new eateries that make our best New York restaurants list to new music festivals such as Panorama music festival, and brand-new New York attractions such as The Museum of Ice Cream. But, hey, we’re optimists and think next year will be even better than the last. Check out our critics’ lists to relive the glory of this incredible year.

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The best TV shows of 2016
Movies

The best TV shows of 2016

Ranking the best TV shows—2016 sure is having a good year, with standout seasons of clever comedies and gripping dramas

12 breakout performances on Broadway and Off in 2016
Theater

12 breakout performances on Broadway and Off in 2016

These 12 gifted performers blew us away in 2016 on Broadway and Off Broadway

The 15 best books of 2016
Things to do

The 15 best books of 2016

From the tale of a teenager drawn into a cult to a deep dive into Seinfeld history, here are our picks

Best NYC Instagram photos of 2016
News

Best NYC Instagram photos of 2016

From the supermoons to the Bryant Park Winter Village, here are our best NYC Instagrams of the year

The best new artists of 2016
Music

The best new artists of 2016

From West Coast rap to experimental club music, we count down the best new artists breaking out in 2016

The 20 best theater shows in NYC in 2016
Theater

The 20 best theater shows in NYC in 2016

New dramas, old favorites, bold experiments and a very bloody musical are among the shows to watch out for in 2016

The best songs of 2016
Music

The best songs of 2016

It’s been a great year for new music—here are our picks for the best songs of 2016, from Rihanna to Tortoise

New York’s top chefs reveal their favorite new restaurants of 2016
News

New York’s top chefs reveal their favorite new restaurants of 2016

We're giving it over to the pros to tell us their favorite spots of the year

The most anticipated new albums of 2016
Music

The most anticipated new albums of 2016

It's a new year—time for some new tunes. Resolve to expand your music library with these promising releases set for 2016

The best NYC restaurants opening in 2016
Restaurants

The best NYC restaurants opening in 2016

From international imports to hotly-anticipated hometown sequels, ready your bellies for the best spots opening this year

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