Several new restaurants open in New York every week, and many of them don’t last a year. Five of 2012’s brightest young things are almost certain to buck the odds and remain prominent on the map for a good long while.
Roberta's has become one of the biggest and most unlikely NYC restaurant stories of the past five years, and its spinoff has quickly caused as big a stir: 12 seats, 25 courses, $180 and reservations that if snagged--only by phone on the 1st of the month--will make your friends green with envy.
3 Mission Chinese Food
Believe the hype, even considering that this San Francisco import is arguably the most hyped opening of 2012. Danny Bowien's forward-thinking spin on authentic Chinese classics has resulted in persistent lines out the door and a string of critical raves for this frenetic Lower East Side foodie destination.
4 The Nomad
This slightly dressed down version of Eleven Madison Park is sure to make many critics' year-end best-of lists. Hearty classics run the gamut from steak to seafood towers to fried chicken, and Daniel Humm and Will Guidara created a lively, unpretentious series of rooms in which to enjoy them.