We were actually more surprised by who did not make the list this year after being featured last year. Firstly, the hugely popular Bruckner Bar & Grill failed to get one of the coveted Zagat listings for 2009. Wonder what happened there... Has anyone noticed any change in service/ownership/food quality there?
The second snub which surprised us was Willie's Steak House on Westchester Avenue. BoogieDowner contributor Simone Davis actually recently did a review of Willie's and raved about it. Any idea from long-time Willie's devotees as to why they'd not get a mention this year?
Not hugely surprising was Roberto Paciullo's latest hot spot, Zero Otto Nove, getting a nice write-up. BoogieDowner actually doesn't understand all the buzz around this place... the food is good, but the cavernous and sort of loud atmosphere reminds us of a kitschy Long Island restaurant. Plus, it also kind of comes off as a spot created specifically as a back-up for all us commoners who don't feel like waiting 2 hours next to a gaggle rich old ladies from Connecticut for a table at the original Roberto's around the block.
Your thoughts on the Zagat findings?
*Photo of Roberto Paciullo outside of Zero Otto Nove courtesy of Bob Kappstatter/Daily News*