New York City’s restaurant cachet just keeps on growing.

The big apple was the big winner at Monday night’s James Beard Awards, and some of the city’s most famous foodies — Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud — came out on top at the restaurant industry’s Oscars.New York City’s restaurant cachet just keeps on growing.

The big apple was the big winner at Monday night’s James Beard Awards, and some of the city’s most famous foodies — Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud — came out on top at the restaurant industry’s Oscars.

“I think in general, if you were a horseplayer, you’d say the chalk held,” said Ed Levine, editor of Serious Eats, which snagged Beard’s Food blog award. “The awards committee really does try to include a geographically diverse group of possibilities and yet, when all is said and done, it’s not shocking that all of the national winners were New Yorkers,” he said.

Michael White, chef and owner of Best New Restaurant Marea was thrilled about his first win. “Our phones are ringing off the hook,” he said yesterday. White said the Beard Awards have gained recognition as the restaurant industry has moved more into the mainstream (thanks to the Food Network and countless food blogs). “You can expect more than three or four weeks wait for a weekend sitting,” he said with a laugh.

Though undoubtedly mainstream, the award winners were “definitely deserved,” said Amanda Kludt, editor of Eater NY. Kludt said she thought the Outstanding Chef award might go to José Andrés of D.C.’s Minibar, “but I think it’s hard to deny [winner] Tom Colicchio’s talent and popularity.” And she didn’t rule out an Andrés win next year. “If you’re nominated, you’re pretty high up there. It’s just sort of about waiting your turn to get it,” she said.

While restaurant industry members were honored for their hard work, their hard partying that got equal amounts of attention last night. Many bold-faced chef names were sighted partying at high end eateries into the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The party at the upscale, refined Eleven Madison Park was particularly raucous – [Oustanding restaurant winner] Daniel Boulud played air guitar with [best NYC chef award winner] Daniel Humm, danced on the bar and doused the crowd with Champagne.

“There was tremendous energy. People were just ready to rock and rock they did,” said Levine.

 

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NYC winners:

Best chef: New York City: Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding restaurant: Daniel
Best new restaurant: Marea
Outstanding chef: Tom Colicchio
Outstanding restaurateur: Keith McNally
Outstanding Wine Service: Jean Georges
Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Wright
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: The Standard Grill

 

 

“I think in general, if you were a horseplayer, you’d say the chalk held,” said Ed Levine, editor of Serious Eats, which snagged Beard’s Food blog award. “The awards committee really does try to include a geographically diverse group of possibilities and yet, when all is said and done, it’s not shocking that all of the national winners were New Yorkers,” he said.

Michael White, chef and owner of Best New Restaurant Marea was thrilled about his first win. “Our phones are ringing off the hook,” he said yesterday. White said the Beard Awards have gained recognition as the restaurant industry has moved more into the mainstream (thanks to the Food Network and countless food blogs). “You can expect more than three or four weeks wait for a weekend sitting,” he said with a laugh.

Though undoubtedly mainstream, the award winners were “definitely deserved,” said Amanda Kludt, editor of Eater NY. Kludt said she thought the Outstanding Chef award might go to José Andrés of D.C.’s Minibar, “but I think it’s hard to deny [winner] Tom Colicchio’s talent and popularity.” And she didn’t rule out an Andrés win next year. “If you’re nominated, you’re pretty high up there. It’s just sort of about waiting your turn to get it,” she said.

While restaurant industry members were honored for their hard work, their hard partying that got equal amounts of attention last night. Many bold-faced chef names were sighted partying at high end eateries into the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The party at the upscale, refined Eleven Madison Park was particularly raucous – [Oustanding restaurant winner] Daniel Boulud played air guitar with [best NYC chef award winner] Daniel Humm, danced on the bar and doused the crowd with Champagne.

“There was tremendous energy. People were just ready to rock and rock they did,” said Levine.

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Sidebar:

NYC winners:

Best chef: New York City: Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding restaurant: Daniel
Best new restaurant: Marea
Outstanding chef: Tom Colicchio
Outstanding restaurateur: Keith McNally
Outstanding Wine Service: Jean Georges
Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Wright
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: The Standard Grill


 

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