It's time to update the Eater 18, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs—casual and less-casual—save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck (sorry, Alma and La Belle Vie). Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.
This time around, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we've rotated a couple restaurants off the list: Sea Salt (because its oh-so-short season is almost over), Bar la Grassa (because there's a new Isaac Becker joint up in here, and we're going to limit Becker to one restaurant per Eater 18), and Masu Sushi & Robata (because we've been hearing some lackluster feedback). New to the list: Isaac Becker's Burch Steak & Pizza, Kingfield's Corner Table, and St. Paul's Ngon Vietnamese Bistro.
And, just in case, rather than having a stage-4 meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion next time? Discuss, debate, comment.
October 2013: Added: Burch Steak & Pizza, Corner Table, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro; Dropped: Sea Salt, Bar la Grassa, Masu Sushi & Robata
July 2013: Added: Meritage, Borough, Sea Salt; Dropped: Sen Yai Sen Lek, Pizzeria Lola, Fika
April 2013: Added: Sea Change, Bar la Grassa, Haute Dish; Dropped: Travail, 112 Eatery, Szechuan Spice.