New York dominated the James Beard Awards last night at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, with Jean-Georges Vongerichten's eponymous eatery being named outstanding restaurant and David Chang's Momofuku Ko taking best new restaurant.
Even Coney Island's Totonno's, which is still trying to recover from a fire earlier this year, enjoyed a moment in the spotlight, being honored as one of five restaurants named America’s Classics.
The veritable parade of NYC talent continued as Dan Barber of Blue Hill New York in the West Village took outstanding chef and Gina DePalma of Babbo took top honors for pastry chefs.
Drew Nieporent, one of the hands on the tiller at both Nobu and Corton in TriBeCa, was recognized as outstanding restaurateur, Daniel Boloud's Daniel won best service and Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin won outstanding wine service.
Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco was the lone chef or restaurant from outside the five boroughs to be honored, winning best rising star chef.
Michael Pollan, another New Yorker and vocal critic of conventional agriculture, got a nod from the foundation Monday. His "In Defense of Food," an examination of the American diet and food system, won a Beard book award.
Last year's top chef, Grant Achatz, won a book award this year for "Alinea," a cookbook based on his Chicago restaurant of the same name. The book won the professional cooking category.