Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FOOD BIZ | NYC's 10 "Hottest" Restaurants

Empire Diner in Chelsea - You Can
Be a Hot Venue with a Tiny Kitchen! 
The Spring 2014 edition of the quarterly report from Zagat, written by Kelly Dobkin, came out last month. Brooklyn (2) came in second after Greenwich Village (5) in the number of restaurants mentioned.

Chelsea, Harlem and the Lower East Side each got one restaurant. Missing boroughs: Bronx, Queens, Staten Island.

Analyzing by type of food, two were "American" and the other eight were described as: New American, Mexican, Sushi, "Diner", Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, and French.

What interests me from the business side is that the Empire Diner has of necessity a small kitchen and it still manages to get itself into the top 10 list for hot restaurants.

1 The Cecil
American • Harlem 

2  Mission Cantina
Mexican • Lower East Side

3  Dover
New American • Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

4 Sushi Nakazawa
Sushi • West Village 

5 Empire Diner
Diner • Chelsea

6 All'onda
Italian • Greenwich Village

7 Margaux
Mediterranean • Greenwich Village

8 The Clam
Seafood • West Village

9 Narcissa Restaurant
American • East Village

10 French Louie
French • Boerum Hill, Brooklyn