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The best things Time Out New York editors ate in 2021

Frozen cocktails, pizza, pancakes and noodles–these were some of our favorite bites this year.

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Even when you spend most of your free time and discretionary income on eating and drinking, some things simply stand out. They may or may not be from the latest openings in town, and we've intentionally left out the best new restaurants that opened in NYC this year so we can spotlight some other great venues. These were some of our favorite things to taste over the last 12 months. These were Time Out New York's editors' favorite food and drinks this year. 

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Prospect Heights

I had one of the best dinners of the year, maybe of my life, at Maison Yaki. Literally every bite from all the small plates we ordered was perfection. It's hard to pinpoint one specifically great dish, but the stand-out to me was their Brussels sprouts okonomiyaki. It's perfectly seasoned, crispy outside, and somehow almost buttery-soft on the inside. Delia Barth, Global Video Editor

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 2 of 4

This was truly the summer of frozen cocktails (see you in hell, espresso martinis!) and pretty much all I drank everywhere they were available. More restaurants and bars than I’ve ever seen in my entire drinking life had them this year, and Jolie was one. I’ve been going there for years, and I used to sit at the bar and see people come in and ask if they had frozen drinks weekend after weekend and I never thought I’d see the day they finally did. The selection changed fairly frequently and all the varieties were good, but the mango might have been my favorite because it actually tasted like the fruit. —Amber Sutherland-Namako

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 1 of 4

"I can't say how many weekends I spent sitting outside Cafe Luluc in Cobble Hill eating a giant plate of their delicious fluffy pancakes, ostensibly ordered 'for the table.' They guard the recipe very closely, but they're always served with cake-like interiors, crispy edges and seem to have been made in a lab to pair perfectly with Nutella. They're the ideal weekend brunch comfort food." Will Gleason, Editor-in-Chief

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  • Restaurants
  • Midtown West

“There’s a reason why pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world—and Abaita’s Margherita is the kind of stuff that got me through some of the harshest moments of the past year. It’s all about simplicity here: fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil—when cooked right inside of the restaurant’s wood fired oven—make for some of the best pizza in New York.” AR

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