Some restaurants find their strength in diversity, while others risk it all on one dish. This year saw plenty of the latter—cevicherias, banh mi shops, a mozzarella bar—with Socarrat emerging as the victor. While the restaurant excels at tapas, it's pretty clear that when you go to a place named for the golden crust of a properly made paella, you'd be wise to order that dish. Hunks of seafood and meat, spoonfuls of rice and yes, that crispy base make culinary monogamy worthwhile. Socarrat Paella Bar259 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-462-1000)
Ted’s Montana Grill
The only New York outpost of the bison-centric restaurant chain is in Midtown, and adventurous meat-eaters flock from all over the city to taste the lean protein. It’s not all bison burgers, either—though you could certainly sample one with bacon and cheddar ($21) or another with gruyere, blue cheese, caramelized onions and arugula ($22). Sample the bison nachos with pepper jack cheese ($12), dabble in the barbecue bison short ribs ($26) or go all out with the aged bison filet ($40). Of course, there are also plenty of bison-free options, like the cedar plank salmon ($28) or the beer-glazed roasted half chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($23). Ted’s Montana Grill also offers a full beer and wine menu, plus several signature cocktails. You may still be in the big city, but you’ll certainly get a taste of Big Sky Country.
Venue says: “Voted winner in the Time Out Love New York Award 2016! Come enjoy our delicious, made-from-scratch, Authentic American cuisine”