Last week we celebrated with Time Out New York for their 2012 Food & Drink Awards.  It was a beautiful evening at the Skylight West, and  we had the honor to mingle with the fantastic nominees and winners, along with plently of other folks in the food and media industry who were there to celebrate the joyous ocassion.

What’s a Best of Food and Drink award celebration without food and drinks?  We started off the night with a deliciously sour Mezcal cocktail and a cold glass of beer from Stella Artois, and later on enjoy a bit of white wine, sweet moscato, and lumbrusco provided by Frederick Wildman Importers.  DJ Nick van Tiel spun music to keep the crowed energized through all the devouring.

The first food station we came across was from Il Buco.  They bake all of their bread in-house, and together with the soft blend of ricotta cheese and saltiness of the anchovies made for a great combo.

Fatty ‘Cue cured my hunger pangs with their pork sliders.  Admittedly, I had about 3 of them.  I don’t even normally like pickles, but it provided just the right amount of tang to accompany the delicious, tender meat.

Dessert, the best part!  Bien Cuit served brioche and candied orange with a chocolate custard filling and financiers of raspberries and chocolate.  From Dominique Ansel Bakery was an amazing Snickers bar eclair – chocolate, caramel, and salted peanuts.  And Zucker Baker also offer a spread of chocolate snowballs, alfajores dulce de leche cookies, and Meyer-lemon bars.

The awards were presented by the lovely Time Out Food & Drink editor Jordana Rothman.  Over 100,000 votes were cast to determine the ten winners in the Readers’ Choice category in addition to the ten Critics’ Picks winners.  We even got to say hello to Marcus Sammuelson, who is super rico suave.

While the majority of the results were already on display, there were a few awards that were left as a surprise for the presentation.  Maison Premiere took the cake for Best New Cocktails.  Seamus Mullen of Tertulia took the top honor as Chef of the Year.  And Best New Restaurant went to The Dutch team – Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard.

There was a final announcement for the Foursquare Award, which acknowledged the nominated restaurant with the most check-ins on Foursquare during the voting period.  The award was awarded to The Dutch, and the by Foursquare CEO/cofounder Dennis Crowley.

 Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Special thanks to Terry Chen of Filled With Sweets/Food Journies for the lovely photos.  See below for more images from the TONY Food & Drink Awards, and for the list of winners!


Food & Drink Awards 2012: Readers’ choice

Chef of the year:
Seamus Mullen (Tertulia)


Best new restaurant:
The Dutch

The Dutch

Best new cocktails:
Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere

Best new neighborhood joint:
Red Rooster Harlem

Cheddar apple pie at Red Rooster Harlem

Best spin-off:

Baked clams at Parm

Best new pizza:


Best international eats:
Miss Lily’s

Miss Lily's

Best out-of-town import:
Fleisher’s Grass-Fed & Organic Meats (Kingston, NY)

Fleisher's Grass-Fed & Organic Meats

Best new bakery:
Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Best new beer bar:
La Birreria

La Birreria

Food & Drink Awards 2012: Critics’ picks

Best culinary blitzkrieg:

 Black carrots with lardo at Acme

Best countermove to comfort food:
Boulud Sud

Pistachio moelleux at Boulud Sud

Best new Gallic charmer:

The instant classic award:
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Salt-crusted branzino

The Watch the Throne award:
The Monkey Bar

Smoked Fettucine with caviar

The best pint-size powerhouse:
Earl’s Beer and Cheese

Earl's Beer and Cheese

Artisan of the year:
New York Distilling Co./The Shanty

Opera Cocktail at the Shanty

Best dim sum provocateur:

Duck noodles at RedFarm

Best love letter to the Philippines:
Maharlika Filipino Moderno

The intergalactic kitten award: