An awards ceremony was held on May 7, 2018, to honor New York’s James Beard chefs on achieving this great accomplishment. While many chefs were nominated, very few ever receive this honor. Therefore, you will want to check out their establishments very soon.
Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune took home the outstanding chef award. On top of being a well-known author and speaker, Hamilton’s Prune restaurant in the East Village offers an outstanding weekend brunch and dinner every night of the week. They do not take reservations for their weekend brunch, so you can expect a wait. Additionally, expect the tables to be placed closely together allowing this restaurant to serve as many as possible. While the restaurant is described as New American, there is a directness to the food that leaves a pleasurable memorable impression. This restaurant also does an outstanding job of classic cocktails.
Taking home best chef in NYC honors was Missy Robbins of Lilia. This Williamsburg restaurant has an industrial vibe paying tribute to the building’s former life as an auto-body garage. You will adore the small-plate pasta selections. A reservation can be very hard to obtain at this small restaurant. If you have trouble getting one to fit your schedule, then try stopping in during the day for a pastry and a cup of coffee in the back. The attached bar also serves delicious bar favorites with unique twists.
The James Beard awards are presented on an annual basis. While restaurants and chefs are nominated, the judges who are professional chefs with many years of experience vote on the winners by secret ballot. The honor of being named a James Beard award recipient comes with many media releases, a medal but no money is awarded to winners.