Thrillist Hall of Fame event photo by Socially Superlative (7)

Earlier this week, Thrillist held their first-ever Thrillist Hall of Fame, celebrating the best of the best food and drink establishments in NYC. Over 200 guests gathered at at The Park to hear the announcement of who would receive the newly minted awards.

Atmosphere 1_Photo Credit Thrillist Inductee Cutting Boards_Photo Credit Thrillist

While waiting in anticipation for the announcement, guests enjoyed delicious creations by ​Thrillist’s Recipes Editors. There were a lot of creative recipes, including ​Breakfast LasagnaPepper Spray WingsPancakes & Sausage On a StickDeviled Egg Rolls and Elvis Grilled Cheese. My personal favorite of the night were the SpaghettiOs Pizza, where tiny rings of Os would splatter across my plate.

Pepper Spray Hot Wings_Photo Credit Thrillist SpaghettiOs Pizza_Photo Credit Kimberly Mufferi

To wash down all of the deliciously creative food, the evening was sponsored by Coors Banquet and also featured Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails: the Lemon Splash, Austin Mule, and Thrillist Greyhound. The Union Wine Company wine paired great with the huge slab of Champignon cheese we indulged in.

Thrillist Hall of Fame event photo by Socially Superlative (2) Deep Eddy Vodka Thrillist Greyhound_Photo Credit Thrillist

Along with the food festivities, guests enjoyed music by DJ Kasey Berry​ and roaming saxophonist Richie Cannata (best known for playing the sax with Billy Joel). Despite never having met until 30 minutes before the event, the saxophonist played off of the beats by the DJ quite seamlessly!

Roaming saxophonist, Richie Cannata_Photo Credit Thrillist DJ Kasey Berry_Photo Credit Thrillist

Notable attendees included Food Network Star Justin Warner, April Bloomfield from the James Beard Award-winning chef of The Spotted Pig, and former Top Chef contestant and Chef of Seoul Chicken Chaz Brown. After the announcement, the winners received a warm round of congratulations and were immortalized with their plaques to take home and brag over.

Executive Chef Bill Rodgers _ Bonnie Jenkins, General Manager accept award for Keens_Photo Credit Kimberly Mufferi Jake Dell, Owner accepts award for Katz's Delicatessen_Photo Credit Thrillist

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The first ever Thrillist Hall of Fame inductees include the following 11 fantastic establishments:

  • Eleven Madison Park
  • Gramercy Tavern
  • Grand Central Oyster Bar
  • Katz’s Delicatessen
  • Keens
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar
  • Prune
  • Roberta’s
  • Russ & Daughters
  • Shake Shack
  • The Spotted Pig

Thrillist Hall of Fame event photo by Socially Superlative (4)

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!


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Photos by Thrillist, Kimberly Mufferi, and Socially Superlative