James Beard Loves NYC

New York City residents are accustomed to enjoying the finer things in life, like a plethora of options for exquisite cuisine. The James Beard Foundation is recognizing the drive and determination of these restaurants and their chefs by selecting some of our favs as finalists for the most coveted prize in the industry. These restaurants provide their guests with nose-flaring aromas, mouth-watering bites, and throat-soothing drinks on a regular basis.

Best New Restaurant

Locanda Verde


Outstanding Chef Award

Tom Colicchio with Craft

Outstanding Restaurant Award



Outstanding Restaurateur Award

Keith McNally (Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller’s Liquor Bar)

Outstanding Service Award

La Grenouille

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional Award

Paul Grieco with Hearth

Garrett Oliver with The Brooklyn Brewery

Outstanding Wine Service Award

Jean Georges

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award

Gregory Pugin with Veritas

Best Chef: New York City Award (for the five boroughs)

Michael Anthony with Gramercy Tavern

Wylie Dufresne with WD-50

Gabrielle Hamilton with Prune

Daniel Humm with Eleven Madison Park

Michael White with Marea

These world-renowned establishments achieve their success through elite standards that allow them to offer world-class meals and services. Our beloved New York City diners are surely pleased to know that many of their favorite haute spots are among those competing for such sought-after accolades. Congratulations everyone, and good luck on bringing home the prize.