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Sam Sifton Lists The Top 10 New Restaurants of 2011

Sam Sifton is now the New York Times’ National Editor, but before he moved on from his post as Restaurant Critic, he took the time to pen his top 10 new restaurants list. Some exquisite establishments made the cut, and Sifton even included two places outside of Manhattan.

He said that the year was composed of “smart-casual cooking, the sort of food that takes a lot of work to prepare but is often served by people in untucked shirts and flash sneakers.” We’re 84 percent sure that “flash sneakers” means LA Gear.

Sifton’s restaurant of the year? The Dutch, in SoHo. He describes it as a place “filled with New Yorkers pleased to be New Yorkers, eating in a New York restaurant.” We’re sold!

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