Sam Sifton's Last List: Top 10 New Restaurants for 2011

Before Sam Sifton handed over his reigns as the New York Times food critic in October, he gave us the 'in' on his favorite top 10 restaurants for 2011. Among his 10 favorites was none other than our Red Rooster that he describes as 'a big church of food in Harlem'.

We are excited for being part of this list and humbled to be among Danji, Tertulia, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, Empellon, M. Wells, Ciano, The John Drory Oyster Bar, Boulud Sud and The Dutch. We would love to hear what some of the restaurants you considered noteworthy for 2011 were and what dishes you enjoyed eating there. Why not check out Sam Siftons top 10 for 2011:

1)The Dutch - 131 Sullivan Street, Soho - Check out Chef Carmellinis oyster sandwich and finish with a sweet ending of pie.

2)Boulud Sud - 2W 64th Street - Daniel Boulud did it yet again, this time with a Southern, Mediterranean flair on a meal francais.

3)The John Drory - 1196 Broadway - 'Most exciting seafood in the city' with an ambiance to match in this Ace Hotel.

4)Ciano - 45E 22nd Street - Juxtaposing 'sophisticated urban Italian...with a warm farmhouse setting' brings Shea Gallantes restaurant to number 4 on Sifton's Top 10.

5)M. Wells - Long Island City - Symbolic of all things foie gras, this French Canadian diner closed down after a 'rent dispute.'

6)Empellon - 230 West Fourth Street - 'Savory taco king', Sifton calls this a second-date restaurant.

7)Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan - Flushing, Queens, comes with his very own recommendation of BBQ Fish and Cumin Lamb.

8)Tertulia - 359 Ave of the Americas - The Spanish cider bar caught Sifton's attention with its Iberico Ham and clams.

9)Red Rooster - 310 Lenox Avenue - Swedish-African-American church of food with crowds to 'testify'.

10)Danji - 347W 52nd St - Tapas-style fiery Korean bites, a K-take on Japanese Izakaya.

What were your favorite restaurants of 2011?

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