When Tanoreen topped our Cheap Eats list last year, it was a sign of favor that was bound to send more customers out to Bay Ridge. Inevitably, Tanoreen has decided to expand to accommodate all its new admirers, acquiring the lease on a nearby space twice its size. “We’re really tight on the weekend, and our lease is up. So now is the time to make the step,” chef-owner Rawia Bishara tells us. “It will be four to five months, but we won’t be closing; we’re going to move right from the one location to the other one in late spring.” So while you still have to go out to Bay Ridge, at least you'll get a table.
New York’s little red book, the 2008 Zagat guide, is out today. It is more significant to the restaurant world than the Michelin guide, and for good reason: The same people who use it are the ones who write it. So what if it’s a popularity contest? Life is a popularity contest. There were some minor shakeups in this year’s rankings, such as Union Square Cafe retaking its sibling Gramercy as most popular restaurant, and Daniel retaking the top spot in cuisine from Le Bernardin. But the more interesting points required a slightly closer look.