10 NYC Restaurant Trends for 2013
Will 2013 turn out to be more of the same, restaurant-wise? Not on your life! Here are 10 trends FiTR expects to see in the coming year, some yawningly predictable, others nearly shocking.
The revolutionary duck schnitzel, at The Marrow (see #3)
1. The short-lived crepe phenomenon is suffering a quick and painless death. Fro-yo will also decline in popularity, especially places where you don't get to squirt your own and then top it with tons of crap, weighed by the ounce. But console yourself: Hamburgers will continue to grow in popularity. Pork belly won't disappear, but you'll be seeing a lot less of it. Maybe pigs are slimming down!
2. Short-dish places will continue to flourish, but the menus will become more diverse, moving away from the Spanish tapas bar, Japanese izakaya, and Italian wine bar formulas to incorporate nearly anything. Still, we'll have to listen to the same maddening lecture when we arrive about how all the dishes are for sharing, they might arrive anytime, and the restaurant recommends we order at least two or three per person.
3. Rabbit is the new chicken, and it will be the rare bistro that doesn't have a bunny ragu, deep-fried bunny, or cold bunny salad. Menus will also fill with game, including deer, buffalo, grouse, pheasant, squab, and, especially, duck. Many more menus will be quacking in 2013.
4. Restaurants will learn it's in their best interest to put more bottles at the lower end of the wine list. They'll find that diners will quaff more and leave the restaurant in a better mood, resolving to return. No longer will wine lists at modest establishments be directed exclusively at "whales" and "high-rollers" willing to blow $100 and more on a bottle at a place with $20 entrées.
5. Organ meats have made inroads into many New York menus. This trend will continue because: Organs are cheaper, pound for pound, than other meats; organs taste good, or at least different, from other meats, broadening the meat repertoire; diners have become inured and no longer fear organs the way they once did. Well, maybe not brains and kidneys, but you might see those later, after the populace has been softened up with tripe, liver, blood sausage, and bone marrow.
This delicious red Bordeaux is only $22 at Le Philosophe (see #4)