Danny Bowien at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Maguy Le Coze at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Maile Carpenter, editor-in-chief of Food Network Magazine, and Wylie Dufresne at the James Beard Foundation Awards
David Chang at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Emeril Lagasse at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Daniel Boulud at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Jeff Katz, Mark Ladner and Brooks Headley at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Dan Barber at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Michael White at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Zarela Martinez and Aarón Sanchez at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Last night, food-world glitterati packed Avery Fisher Hall for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards. New York heavyweights took top honors at the annual gala, with the unstoppable Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food)—kitted out in a white Dries Van Noten suit and Jordans—anointed Rising Star Chef of the Year, while Dan Barber's farm-to-table beacon Blue Hill picked up the Outstanding Restaurant award. Maguy Le Coze (Le Bernadin), elegant in fur and a beaded down, became the first woman honored as Outstanding Restaurateur. And after a decade of nominations, Wylie Dufresne (wd~50)—the restaurant industry's Susan Lucci—finally won Best Chef: New York City. Italian blockbuster Del Posto also scored a pair of big honors: Outstanding Service and Outstanding Pastry Chef for Brooks Headley.
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On the after-party circuit, many revelers kicked things off down the street at Boulud Sud. Prosecco flowed at Del Posto, where Lidia Bastianich toasted her team in front of a crowd of boldfaced names, including Wylie Dufresne, Emeril Lagasse and Kate Krader. And the NoMad's dynamic duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, who normally throw a last-stop rager at Eleven Madison Park, changed things up this year with a sweaty, DJ-fueled loft bash so loud and crowded, it was shut down by the cops around 2am.
Click through our slide show for a look at the festivities, visit @thefeednyc for highlights and check out the full list of NYC winners below.
Outstanding Chef (tie): David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar) and Paul Kahan (Blackbird)
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food)
Best Chef: New York City: Wylie Dufresne (wd~50)
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Brooks Headley (Del Posto)
Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill
Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and under): Taavo Somer (Isa)
Outstanding Restaurateur: Maguy Le Coze (Le Bernadin)
Outstanding Service: Del Posto
Check out the full list of winners.
The Brooklyn Tree
This casual American eatery in Bushwick churns out burgers, sandwiches and plates that will please both veg heads and carnivores alike. The grass-fed burger with white cheddar and smoked tomato aioli or confit tuna melt on parmesan-crusted bread (both $13) might hit the spot for meat lovers. Vegetarians can also swap in garbanzo bean loaf for the meatloaf ($13 for a sandwich, $15 for a plate) and tofu for the chicken schnitzel ($12 for a sandwich, $15 for a plate). Don’t forget the sides: You’ll want to taste the cheese puffs ($6), red pepper hummus ($6), quinoa-kale salad ($5) and mac and cheese with caramelized onions, shitake mushrooms and pretzel crust ($8). Come for brunch to try the avocado toast with sunny side up eggs and roasted peppers ($11), or just to take advantage of the two-for-one deal on Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Venue says: “The best Happy Hour in Williamsburg! Mon-Fri 3p-7p $2-$4 beers, $3 shots & $5 margaritas. Sat & Sun 11a-4p bloody's and mimosas buy 1, get 1”