Adam Platt has started of 2007 with a bang -- New York magazine has released his "Where to Eat 2007" lists, a compendium of his picks for the year, divided into categories. "Haute Barnyard," a phrase that Platt coined a while back, is his term for restaurants focused on suppliers and the origins of the food, with countrified leanings. Cookshop, Peasant, Hearth, and Blue Hill qualify, among others. He takes us on two rambles, one through Brooklyn, stopping at favorites Franny's, iCi, and Applewood, as well as at newcomers The Farm on Adderly and Porchetta, and the other for breakfast, with stops at Balthazar, Egg, Cafe Cluny, Crema, and more.
Platt also gives us a number of mini lists, including: the ten most decadent dishes (dona's truffled gnudi, A Voce's duck and foie gras meatballs); the ten best dishes under $10 (the three terrine sandwich at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Pampano Taqueria's spicy pescado taco); the best up-and-coming chefs (Michael Psilakis, David Chang); and, of course, the ten best new restaurants of the year (A Voce, The Little Owl, Del Posto, Sfoglia). Platt's also got the answers for you if you're looking for a restaurant for a particular occasion -- if you're looking for a spot to take your parents, head to Del Posto, for a client dinner, go to Cru, and to propose, Masa. We'd have to agree; if someone took us to Masa, we'd probably marry them for that alone.