Last night, the winners of the James Beard Award — the most important award the restaurant world has to offer — were announced. The award ceremony went down at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago and quite a few New York chefs and restaurants took home gold.
Bruno, the East Village pizza spot at 204 East 13th Street, won the 2016 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Award for 75 Seats and Under. Last year, New York Times critic Peter Wells gave the restaurant a pretty tough review, mostly regarding poor service. Perhaps Bruno has since worked out its kinks.
We are still morning the loss of The Four Seasons — it is set to leave the Seagram Building for good this July. But in its final hour, the restaurant did pick up a Design Icon Award.
Maison Premiere, the Absinthe and oysters hotspot at 298 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg picked up an award for Outstanding Bar Program.
Ken Friedman, the tour de force behind the West Village’s The Spotted Pig and The Breslin in the Flatiron, won Outstanding Restaurateur.
And the Flatiron District’s famed three-Michelin star Eleven Madison Park picked up the prize for Outstanding Service. That shouldn’t be surprising for a restaurant that actually employs someone called a “Dreamweaver,” who has been known to grab Shake Shack burgers for picky eaters, imprinted family business logos onto beer coasters, matched up servers and customers who hail from the same home state, etc.
Daniela Soto-Innes won Rising Star Chef of the Year for his work at Cosme at 35 East 21st Street in the Flatiron. While Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto at 775 Washington Street in the West Village was named Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs).
And finally there were a slew of NYC restaurants and chef added to the 2016 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees, including:
Jim Lahey, the baker and proprietor of Sullivan St. Bakery.
Ed Levine, author and founder of Serious Eats NYC.
Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur at Street Bird Rotisserie at 2149 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.
Red Rooster, located at 310 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem.
Ginny’s Supper Club at 310 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem.
And on the Upper West Side, American Table Cafe and Bar, Alice Tully Hall and 1941 Broadway were all inducted.
Check out the full list of winners here.