Ivan Orkin (Ivan Orkin Slurp Shop), Wylie Dufresne (Alder), Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara and Danny Bowien (Mission Cantina)
Richard Kuo, Patrick Cappiello and Branden McRill (Pearl & Ash)
Union Square Hospitality Group's Sabato Sagaria, Danny Meyer and Mark Rosati with Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara
Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara
Last night, Gotham's culinary glitterati gathered for the Time Out New York's 2014 Food & Drink Awards presented by Stella Artois. Among the Readers' Choice categories, red-sauce young turks Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick (Carbone) won big, taking home both Best New Restaurant and Chefs of the Year. Meanwhile, raw-fish wunderkind Daisuke Nakazawa snagged Best New Sushi for his white-hot Sushi Nakazawa. Our critics honored bestowed the "Soy, Vey!" Award upon Ivan Ramen and the Beyond the Kale Award upon Dover.
Danny Bowien (in an Opening Ceremony varsity jacket, natch) kicked it with fellow winners Wylie Dufresne and Ivan Orkin, while industry godfather Danny Meyercirculated through the room. Dominique Ansel served his latest pastry hit—the milk-and-cookie shot—alongside Betony's foie gras bonbons, Pearl & Ash's lamb belly with hearts of palm, and Bunker's popcorn shrimp and bay scallops on crab chips. Best New Cocktail nominees Attaboy, Long Island Bar and Golden Cadillac crafted signature cocktails from spirits generously donated by Anchor Distilling.
After the winners were announced by Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara, revelers tossed back more drinks and danced the night away to beats by DJ DRM, carrying on to the after-party at Heath in the McKittrick for bubbly. Click through the photos above to see highlights from the evening.
Salt + Charcoal
The menu at this Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg centers on its grilled options, from a porterhouse for two that was dry aged in a climate-controlled environment for at least 28 days ($55 per person) to smoked duck breast with balsamic soy butter ($46) to chargrilled octopus with miso garlic butter ($17). Carnivores might also be interested in the wagyu carpaccio ($22) or tartar ($26), while seafood lovers might want to try the bafun-uni shooter with a poached egg, truffle oil and caviar ($12). You can also order an assortment of sashimi ($50) or sushi rolls such as eel-cucumber ($22) or shrimp tempura with tuna and crab ($22). The drink menu also favors Japanese beverages, from bottles of Sapporo ($6) to a distilled liquor called shochu to sake infused with charcoal, lemon, shiso, coffee and other flavors ($6 each).
Venue says: “Brooklyn’s only Japanese steakhouse. Experience our super tender steaks, wide selection of seafood, Japanese inspired appetizers & full bar.”