Well, here we are. Not exactly where any of us thought we'd be, but grateful nonetheless to be pointing in the right direction. You'll recall last week we set out what the Restaurant Awards would look like this year. Recap: fewer categories, takeout focussed, more celebratory, less competitive. The entire package: essays, profiles, features will deal with the industry and how it survived (and is surviving) the pandemic, but it wouldn't be the Restaurant Awards, without a few, you know, Awards. So here are the finalists in the almost entirely new categories we landed on this year. As always, we're super interested in what you think, so fire us off a missive and stay tuned for the winners (although this year they're all winners), which will be announced in our September issue.

best new restaurant

Bar Gobo

Oca Pastaficio

Potluck Hawker Eatery

Published on Main

Say Mercy!

Best Pizza (Takeout)

AJ's Brooklyn Pizza Joint

Di Beppe

Pizzeria Farina

Sprezzatura

Via Tevere

best burger (takeout)

Au Comptoir

Between2Buns

DownLow Burgers

Per Se Social Corner

Trans Am/Turbo by Trans Am

best sushi (takeout)

Masayoshi

Stem

Temaki

Tetsu Sushi Bar

Sashimiya

best casual (takeout)
DownLow Chicken Shack

Livia

Potluck Hawker Eatery

Superbaba

Unchai

best formal (takeout)

Boulevard

Hawksworth

Pidgin

St. Lawrence

TopTable2U

best chinese (takeout)

Chef’s Choice

Dynasty Seafood

Golden Paramount Seafood

HK B.B.Q. Master

iDen & Quan Ju De

best pivot

Burdock & Co

Pepino's / Caffe la Tana

Pidgin

Mak N Ming (closed)

Say Mercy!