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'Esquire' Announces Best New Restaurants 2009

From New York magazine's Grub Street: "On the heels of its Michelin star, SHO Shaun Hergatt now gets another accolade: It's one of four New York restaurants to make John Mariani's annual "Best New Restaurants" list in Esquire. The others - Corton, Marea, and Locanda Verde - aren't surprising. On the list of "Another 15 Places Not To Miss" are Vermilion, Apiary, Aureole, and Minetta Tavern. ...

The complete list, via the press release, is below.

    RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR:
    The Bazaar, Los Angeles

    CHEF OF THE YEAR:
    Barton Seaver of Blue Ridge, Washington, D.C.

    THE INAUGURAL ESQUIRE RESTAURANT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
    Alfred Portale
    Danny Meyer

    THE BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2009 (sorted geographically):
    Atlanta, GA
    Pacci Ristorante
    Paces 88

    Austin, TX
    Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

    Bedford, NY
    The Bedford Post Inn

    Cleveland, OH
    L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar

    Las Vegas, NV
    Society Café Encore

    Los Angeles, CA –
    Rivera

    Miami, FL
    Area 31
    Sra. Martinez

    Naples, FL
    Sea Salt

    New York, NY
    Corton
    Locanda Verde
    Marea
    SHO Shaun Hergatt

    Paradise Valley, AZ
    Prado

    Richmond, VA
    Lemaire

    San Francisco, CA
    Nopalito

    Washington, D.C
    Blue Ridge

    Yountville, CA
    Bottega

    ANOTHER FIFTEEN PLACES NOT TO MISS
    Ajax Tavern, Aspen
    Apiary, New York
    Aureole, New York
    The Bristol, Chicago
    8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill, Avon, CO
    Il Casale, Belmont, MA
    Minetta Tavern, New York
    Passionfish, Reston, VA
    Province, Chicago
    The Publican, Chicago
    Rambla, New Orleans
    RH, Los Angeles
    Sepia, Chicago
    Vermilion, New York
    West Side Tavern, Los Angeles

    FOUR BREAKOUT CHEFS TO WATCH:
    David Katz, Meme, Philadelphia, PA
    Chris Lusk, Cafe Adelaide, New Orleans, LA
    Victoria Ann Moore, The Lazy Goat, Greenville, SC
    Raymond Mohan, Onda, New York, NY - "One of the most creative South American chefs - via Guyana - working in the U.S. right now."

    HOSTESS OF THE YEAR:
    Kaitlin Yelle, Meat Market, Miami, FL 
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