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)
Sushi Sushi - Harlem
The two outposts of this sushi joint—in Harlem and Greenwich Village—offer a nearly identical menu of Japanese classics. Start the meal with some shrimp shumai, edamame or a light seaweed salad ($5). If you’re after a roll, there are plenty of options to choose from, including classics like a spicy tuna roll ($5.50) or signature options like a rainbow roll ($9). Sashimi lovers might want to go all in on a 13-piece box with everything from striped bass to yellowtail ($22). If raw fish isn’t your style, Sushi Sushi also offers plenty of cooked options, like teriyaki rice bowls with your choice of seafood—salmon, squid, tuna, fluke or sea bass—and broccoli, asparagus, onions, cucumber and avocado ($18.95). For dessert, try a sweet roll with PB&J or banana, nutella and strawberries or a tempura-battered and fried Twinkie (all $5).
Venue says: “Now delivering fresh, tasty sushi anywhere in Manhattan! Order now by calling 212-866-7876, catering also available.”