The Ten Best New Restaurants of 2011

Illustration by Jesse Lenz

Ai Fiori
The room is soulless, but Michael White produces some of the best haute Italian cooking in town (400 Fifth Ave.; 212-613-8660).

Boulud Sud
Daniel’s homage to Mediterranean cuisine is the great Frenchman’s most vibrant new establishment in years (20 W. 64th St.; 212-595-1313).

The omakase setup may leave some cold, but there’s no doubting the quality of Isao Yamada’s nouveau kaiseki menu (30 Hudson St.; 212-791-3771).

Shea Gallante’s nouveau rustico Italian cooking is stylish without being pretentious (45 E. 22nd St.; 212-982-8422).

The Dutch
Andrew Carmellini brings the fashionable retro trends of the past decade under one roof (131 Sullivan St.; 212-677-6200).

Alex Stupak does for the lowly taco what he did for cutting-edge desserts at wd~50 (230 W. 4th St.; 212-367-0999).

Gabe Stulman brings raffish, outer-borough cooking to the heart of the West Village (239 W. 4th St.; 646-449-9336).

The Mughal-style dining room is over-the-top, but there’s no better place in town for classical Indian cooking (27 W. 24th St.; 212-490-2100).

Red Rooster
Marcus Samuelsson had been adrift, but at this pleasing, handsome Harlem brasserie, he’s found a home (310 Lenox Ave.; 212-792-9001).

Seamus Mullen reinvents Spanish cooking in New York the way April Bloomfield reimagined pub food (359 Sixth Ave.; 646-559-9909).

The Ten Best New Restaurants of 2011