It’s that time of year again…This month’s issue of Esquire features the magazine’s picks for best new restaurants of 2009, and the list offers few surprises. The editors’ choice for Restaurant of the Year goes to Beverly Hills’ The Bazaar by José Andrés, lauded as a “masterpiece.” Chef of the Year is Barton Seaver of Blue Ridge in Washington, D.C., a man who, the Esquire editors say, makes them “feel good about living on earth.” Hostess of the Year goes to Kaitlin Yelle, 21, of Miami’s Meat Market. “After a mere four months, she’s already reached the pinnacle of her profession,” they say. Others included on the list are Atlanta’s Paces 88 and Pacci Ristorante; New York’s Sho Shaun Hergatt, Marea, Locanda Verde, and Corton; L’Albatros Brasserie & Bar in Cleveland; LeMaire in Richmond, Virginia; Sea Salt in Naples, Florida, and Sra Martinez in Miami; Society Café Encore at the new Wynn Encore in Las Vegas; Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar in Austin. From the West Coast: Nopalito in San Francisco; Rivera in Los Angeles; Prado in Paradise Valley, Arizona; and Bottega in Yountville. And of course the list wouldn’t be complete without a little celebrity loving—hence the award for Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York.
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