Announcement: Best of NYC 2014 Is Now Live


Attention, NYC: The time has come once again to reflect upon the things that make this city great. Our Best of NYC 2014 issue hits the streets today, and you can peruse it right this very second on our website.

Our issue explores the theme of the selfie, and what a selfie of New York City would show. Beautiful, thrilling, strange, and funny entrants, no doubt, but also dozens of delicious treats, scattered across the five boroughs.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the Best of Food & Drink:

We’ve covered everything from Best Diner to Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays, and from Best Breakfast to Best Late-Night Dining. Our annual pick for Best Pizza comes alongside a pair of sub-categories: Best Pizza (Sicilian-Style) and Best Pizza (Slice). And we’ve once again called the Best Burger, Best French Fries, Best Nachos, and Best Sushi, too.

If you follow this blog, you might be able to guess our Best Black-and-White Cookie; it comes from a place that’s been “making some of the finest baked goods in the city for over 112 years.” But we’ve kept our Best Baked Good That Hasn’t Gone Viral a secret until now. Here’s a hint: It’s an “unpretentiously updated bakery classic.”

We also named best beverages for any time of the day, whether you’re on the prowl for the “singular version” of cold brew served by the purveyor of our Best Cold Brew Coffee, a hangover-curing Best Bloody Mary, or the Best Wine Bar, which “roared onto the scene this year to become an instant hit.”

Traverse the neighborhoods with us, too; we chose a best restaurant in each. Plan a trip to our Best Restaurant in Gowanus, where “mastery of Cantonese spices” meets “traditional Western technique.” Or make your way up to our Best Restaurant in West Harlem, for “containers of ackee, callaloo, and amply spiced jerk chicken.” Our Best Restaurant in Jackson Heights “is named for an area of northern Nepal with heavy Tibetan influences,” and the food follows suit. And avoid the tourist traps at our Best Restaurant Near Times Square, “a small basement izakaya that drips with Tokyo authenticity.”

And then, of course, there are our picks for Best Chef (crowned for “what he has contributed to the restaurant industry’s thought capital”), Best New Bar (“a place where you could easily entertain drinkers of all different stripes and levels of expertise”), and Best New Restaurant (where “twists add extra delight to an expertly executed meal, one that takes the familiar and turns it truly exalted”).

Head on over and read all of our picks, along with our Readers’ Poll winners, which were chosen by you.

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