You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
'pouring ribbons' on Serious Eats
Pouring Ribbons, from the men of Alchemy Consulting, may be a formidable cocktail bar. But that's not all its proprietors wanted it to be. Joaquín Simó told us that he wanted any kind of drinker to feel comfortable at the bar, not to feel like they're at a temple of mixology where they're obligated to order a cocktail. "You're not doing us a disservice by ordering a beer. I have awesome beers!" But the cocktails are what drew us there, of course; here's a look at six drinks off their menu.