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January 2, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat 2012

Adam Platt returns to the endlessly subjective task of ranking the city’s best restaurants, while chronicling the years of dining upheaval since his last list as old favorites soared, sank, shuttered, and remade the scene.
On the Cover: Butternut squash roasted with cocoa nibs, pumpkin seeds, and passion fruit at Eleven Madison Park. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for New York Magazine.


The Molotov Party

Occupy Wall Street gave us the 99 percent, but the Republican Party has a populist movement that’s even more enraged. Call them the 75 percent—the anybody-but-Mitt supermajority that’s willing to burn down the GOP in order to overthrow its Establishment. By Frank Rich

European Superhero Quashes Libyan Dictator

Somehow, earlier this year, a philosopher managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain. Perhaps more surprising was the philosopher in question: the man French society loves to mock, Bernard-Henri Lévy. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells

A House of Mirrors Called Smash

The TV show about the making of a Broadway musical that could actually become a Broadway musical. Starring Debra Messing, Marilyn Monroe, Theresa Rebeck, the guys who did Hairspray, and Steven Spielberg as God. By Jesse Green


So Many Questions

Some of the hard data that has emerged from eight months of rhetorical jousting at the GOP debates.

Making Partners

Plumbing the nuptial class gap with a Nobel-winning economist and his fellow academic wife.

The Rimshot Cycle

What Kim Jong-il has to do with Tina Fey.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Lonesome Rudy

Mayoral wisdom for $1.95.

62 Minutes With Tyson Chandler

Unwinding after practice with the Knicks’ new hipster center and resident photography enthusiast.


O Lucky Mitt

A month ago, his candidacy was rusting. Now he’s on the road.


Best Bets

Decorative paper flowers, Stella McCartney relocates to Soho, and more.

The Look Book

“People love to say I should call Zach Galifianakis and be his stunt double.”

Family Style

A bar-and-restaurant-owning brother and sister share a taste for esoteric spirits.

Rabbits Are the New Gophers

The author test-drives new pay-per-chore site TaskRabbit.


What Does a Conductor Do?

A critic decides to find out—by stepping up to the podium himself.

The Movie Review

Year-end films have it all: solemnity (War Horse), enchantment (We Bought a Zoo), and nervy tearjerking (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

Prophet in a Sleeveless Tee

Jared Leto quit acting to be a self-help rock messiah.

Hollywood Austerity Plan

Producer Gavin Polone on how to fix the movie biz, one grounded private jet at a time.

Best Practices

On House of Lies, Don Cheadle plays a business consultant who’s no Mitt Romney.

Still Ab Fab: Jennifer Saunders

The sweetie-darlings are back, Champagne flutes and ciggies at the ready, with a three-episode twentieth-anniversary special.


Resolution Brunch

Sara Jenkins’s New Year's brunch at Porsena.


Comments: Week of January 2, 2012

Readers sound off on the Reasons to Love New York, Nicolas Berggruen, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 2, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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