Year in Review: The Best Restaurants of 2016

A look back at the year in food, and some of the most important eateries, trends, and food-focused initiatives we experienced in 2016.

Lauren Volo
OF 15

Paowalla, New York City

One of the great losses that New York City’s dining scene suffered in the past decade was that of Tabla, an Indian-leaning restaurant owned by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and helmed by chef Floyd Cardoz. It was hugely beloved, and frequently eulogized, and those who miss it dearly experienced a stroke of great luck when Cardoz opened Paowalla in Soho this year. A diverse roster of breads leads the menu—a wink back to Tabla’s downstairs Bread Bar—followed by simply a “small plates” and a “large plates” section. He marries Indian tradition with less-traditional ingredients, as with his dal-and-burrata main dish, less an attempt at fusion than an honest expression of his time in New York kitchens. It’s a welcome return. 195 Spring St., New York; 212-235-1098; paowalla.com.