2013's Best New NYC Restaurants are Pricey, But Worth It

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Carbone's rigatoni in spicy vodka sauce (Philip Lewis/Bloomberg)

This was the year when an Italian chef and a Korean chef made mashup dishes. When one of New Yorker's fussiest cooks opened a new restaurant. When people stood in line for hours to buy a cronut for four times the cost of as a donut. And when the cheap red-sauce ruled the world.

That's according to Bloomberg restaurant critic Ryan Sutton, who has a list of the best new spots of the year. In this interview, he explained that what ties his choices together is that they are all restaurants that are asking a little bit more for their food price-wise.

"We haven't been paying enough for ethnic food," he said. "People need to realize that a bowl of pho shouldn't cost $5 dollars, it should sometimes cost $23 dollars, because it's made with the same love, care and ingredients as their fancy French food."

Sutton names Carbone, an Italian restaurant in the Greenwich Village, as the best new addition. He said Carbone is turning a basic, cheap food into something pricey, but justifiably so. "Because they are applying brilliant techniques and brilliant flavors in it," he said.

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dan from nyc

Price + demand = best food? very analytically approach Ryan. Maybe list should have been named highest earning restaurants.

Dec. 31 2013 01:06 PM
Lori from Tenafly

Maddening. What an abominable elitist! Yet, we shouldn't be surprised when it's coming from someone who works for Emperor Bloombucks (thank GOD now the former emperor). Pasta that SHOULD be expensive? Gimme a break. I hope this guy chokes on a $30 bowl of pasta. Shame on you WNYC. Soooooo disappointing that you gave someone like this air time.

Dec. 24 2013 09:19 PM

does anybody realize that real pho is not just a bowl of "boiled cow bones"? it makes no sense that, for example, people would pay (as an estimate) $8 for french onion soup (appetizer), but would consider $10 pho (a whole meal) expensive. it takes a multitude of ingredients and time to make pho. if you are paying $5, you are either eating absolute crap made from bouillon/soup base and you deserve it or you are eating a well thought out, nuanced dish from a proprietor who can't charge more because of the long accepted stigma that ethnic food should be cheap. it takes no more skill or effort to make a good burger, yet you don't hear too many people complaining about paying $15 for it...

Dec. 23 2013 10:14 AM
internet user from Manhattan

"People need to realize that a bowl of pho shouldn't cost $5 dollars, it should sometimes cost $23 dollars, because it's made with the same love, care and ingredients as their fancy French food."

This is the stupidest thing I have read all day. No a bowl of boiled cow bones and 3 slices of raw meat should not cost $23. You are out of your mind.

Lets make ethnic food unavailable to the local communities. Why not pay $600 for a dirty water dog? What a jerkoff.

Dec. 20 2013 04:54 PM
Jason from Portland & Manhattan

Everyone's complaining about Sutton's comment from a diner's perspective. What about from the cook's perspective? You complain that the city is getting too expensive and you shouldn't have to pay $23 for pho, but at least you have the opportunity and ability to dine out! What about the cook making your pho? How do you expect him or her to make a living when you're only paying $5 for it?

Sutton isn't arguing that ethnic foods should be arbitrarily more expensive, he's saying that we need to place more value on these ethnic foods. That if these dishes take just as much time, effort and quality ingredients as fine dining dishes, why are we not paying these cooks and chefs what they deserve?

Dec. 20 2013 03:23 PM

I would expect a review like this to be published in Avenue magazine, which bills itself as "Manhattan's oldest society magazine," not from WYNC. I concur entirely with the previous three comments.

Dec. 20 2013 12:08 PM
Johnny from Williansburg

Ryan Sutton is just a PR shill employee for (Mayor) Bloomberg's continuous plan to rid the city of the great unwashed middle class, working class and poor masses.

I hope he chokes on one of those 23 dollar priced Ramen Noodle dishes made with loving care.

Dec. 20 2013 01:23 AM
Suzanne from Montclair

Quite possibly the worst review I've ever heard, anywhere. Long lines for expensive pastries is a good thing? Because Americans need to pay higher prices to prove--what? We are just that serious about food? I found this segment boring, uninformative--and insulting.

Dec. 19 2013 10:19 PM
David Kirschenbaum

We spemt 60 cents on a bowl of pho ten years ago in Hanoi. It's reasonable to charge more for it here but this is a city with millions barely able to pay for their food and housing and you think restaurants should start charging $23 for pho? Why not $200 for a steak?

Dec. 19 2013 10:02 PM

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