Best Upscale 2013
May 1, 2013
Silver: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar | Bronze: Diva at the Met | Honourable Mentions: Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, West
Much acclaim was accorded to Hawksworth (Gold), but Blue Water (Silver) remains, said one judge, "the place to take out-of-town guests, with a stellar raw bar and Frank Pabst's definitive take on miso sablefish."
Diva at the Met (Bronze) has won new converts with Hamid Salimian's daredevil cooking; sit at the bar and watch chef concoct playful snacks: a fragment of chicken-skin bacon, bone marrow custard in eggshells in a nest, or quince paste with a foie gras walnut.
Honourable Mentions to authentic, hedonistic Cioppino's, and to West, where chef Quang Dang is bringing in some of the world's great chefs and re-establishing a long-loved room.