None of the “World’s Best Restaurants” Are in Brooklyn

Look at this garbage.

  • Look at this garbage.

Hey, Brooklyn food, you heard of it? A lot of people seem to think it’s good! Some even take it far too seriously. None of those people, however, seem to have had anything to do with the just-released 2013 “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, which, while the expanded 100-restaurant list includes 9 New York institutions — a totally impressive ratio! — includes exactly zero from Brooklyn.

What does this mean, exactly? Should you just spit out whatever Brooklyn-made slop you’ve rolling around in your mouth like so much cud, and relocate back to Manhattan, where the real food is? Can the Brooklyn food scene still lay claim to some “scrappy up-and-comer” status in spite of the insane amount of wealth and publicity piled onto it by the day?

Eh. It mostly just means that “the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts,” as culled by Restaurant Magazine, are still surprisingly traditional — the wildest thing about their New York selections was the inclusion of both Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Ssäm bar — and that, most likely, unwillingness to travel was sort of a factor. A fact that may explain why, aside from Brooklyn’s snub, only three other restaurants in the entire U.S. were included on the list (other than Pocantino Hills, the upstate home of Blue Hill at Stone Barns). Mostly, it’s just Manhattan. Seems sort of absurd and myopic, sure, but doesn’t it also seem like as good an excuse as any to go comfort-eat all the (worthless) Brooklyn food you love and revel in your superiority over the makers of this list? Yes, it does. [photo]

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “…most likely, unwillingness to travel was sort of a factor. A fact that may explain why, aside from Brooklyn’s snub, no other cities in the U.S. were included on the list at all (other than Pocantino Hills, the upstate home of Blue Hill at Stone Barns)”

    Alinea in Chicago is pretty high up there. Also restaurants in California. The list is right there. I wonder who’s myopic… Worse than this culture of hype and “best of” lists are the shitty reactions by inept or careless writers looking to stay relevant and maintain hit count.

  2. It’s not hard at all to make a case that Brooklyn Fare should be on this list. It’s easily on a way higher level than Momofuku Ko, and I would personally argue it’s better than some of those other NYC places. Not that Ko is bad, it’s really great. The level of product Cesar is working with at BF is just crazy sophisticated.

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