big eat 2012
This year, the “Big Eat” is pure gluttony. We’re on the wagon, having replaced the smattering of cocktails that were on last year’s list. (Don’t you worry. The “Big Drink” is next on our to-do list.) We’ve also made sure that most of the dishes are staples on their restaurants’ menus. But note that some rotate on and off or vary seasonally, so call ahead. This year’s list includes 33 newcomers—each denoted with an asterisk. Some hail from new restaurants, others are new dishes from old favorites. Rest assured that all have been 7x7 tasted and approved (and that our gym memberships have been renewed).
Our readers are some of the hungriest around–that's obvious from all the Tweets, comments and Facebook hullabaloo over our annual Big Eat 2012 list we just posted earlier this morning (it hits newstands in our February 2012 issue early next month). We're all in this epic hunt together to find the city's 100 most scrumptious eats, so we're giving you the chance to get a head start on your fellow foodies this year.
While you might all be thinking about this glorious Indian summer day. I'm sitting here wringing my hands about the impending winter—specifically the 2012 Big Eat, our annual 100-things-you-have-to-eat-or-drink-before-you-die bucket list. Though it might not be on the newstands until late January 2012, I have to get it done in the next month or so. This is the life of print.
Luckily, the internet allows me the immediate satisfaction of culling your suggestions right now for what dishes you think should be included in the upcoming Big Eat. For 2011's list, there were 30 new dishes added (such as these completely addictive garlic pretzels with cheese sauce that I discovered one night at Absinthe). And thus, 30 subtracted to make room.