It's time to give small NYC businesses a round of applause for a job well done! In the third annual NYC Hospitality Awards, The New York Hospitality Alliance will honor special restaurants, bars, nightlife establishments and hospitality professionals from all five boroughs. But these hot spots are being recognized for more than just their cool factor. They're also being honored for making a positive impact in the hospitality industry and for setting a prime example for the rest of the city. Amazing!
The awards ceremony will take place on April 9 at Tao Downtown and will provide top cuisine, cocktails, and insider fun to all attendees. Lord knows these hardworking industry professionals deserve the night off. (FYI, you can snag tickets HERE!)
The New York Hospitality Alliance is a non-profit trade association that represents several restaurants and nightlife establishments across all of NYC. Through the alliance, the team is committed to focusing on new opportunities, economic investments, and job creation.
Here are a few of the cool categories and winners set to be honored.
Big Apple Legacy Award - Goes to an individual whose success and influence will leave a long lasting impact on the NYC hospitality industry.
Winner: Tracy Nieporent; Myriad Restaurant Group
Fast Casual Award - Goes to three emerging or established fast casual restaurant concepts we can't get enough of.
Winners: Pasta Flyer, The Halal Guys, Xi'an Famous Foods
I Love Bronx Award - Goes to three favorite restaurants in the Bronx.
Winners: Enzo's, Liebman's Delicatessen, The Original Crab Shanty
I Love Brooklyn Award - Goes to three favorite restaurants in Brooklyn.
Winners: Diner, Hometown BBQ, Sunday in Brooklyn
I Love Manhattan Award - Goes to three favorite restaurants in Manhattan.
Winners: Balthazar, Keens Steakhouse, The Red Cat
I Love Queens Award - Goes to three favorite restaurants in Queens.
Winners: Don Peppe, Mu Ramen, SriPraPhai
I Love Staten Island Award - Goes to three favorite restaurants in Staten Island.
Winners: COMMONS Café, Joe & Pat's Pizzeria, The Stone House at Clove Lakes
City That Never Sleeps Award - Goes to three influential bars, clubs, cocktail bars or operators.
Winners: House of Yes, Stonewall Inn, The Dead Rabbit
#HospitalityGuru Award - Goes to three restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs, nightlife operators or social media influencers with a social media presence that makes you drool, laugh, think and captures your attention.
Winners: Barbuto (@barbutonyc), Food Baby (@foodbabyny), thirsty (@thirsty)
The Next Generation Award - Goes to three up-and-coming or established movers and shakers who are still early in their hospitality industry career (Must be under 40 years old on April 9, 2018).
Winners: Adam Landsman (Sunday in Brooklyn), Nicolas Jammet (sweetgreen), Will Guidara (Make it Nice Hospitality)
[Cover photo via @deadrabbitnyc]