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WHY

Live with taste. The taste of the times.

After shaking up the insular world of gastronomy with its guide to the French culinary scene (1) and international events in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Brussels and Paris (2), Le Fooding has decided to innovate for your palates once again. With the support of our historic partner Mastercard and its exclusive Priceless Cities program, we’re launching a new, annual program to discover and celebrate the world’s best NEW restaurants!

How, you ask?

With a focus on “bistros” (3), those unconventional, colorful and spontaneous spots where the hottest emerging chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and food entrepreneurs have “free range” ;-) to truly express their talent.

What are the most exciting spots of the year in the most gourmet cities on the planet?
Who are the young and/or new talents deserving of praise? 
What are the new “bistro” concepts making the most waves locally? 
These are the juicy questions no other international food ranking organization is answering for you, but we will, with our Priceless Cities Best New Bistro awards!

Why are we doing it?

So you can dive into the most vibrant, exciting and trendsetting spots over the course of a year with your senses wide open and ready to be wowed, in your own city or someone else’s, liberated from the tired diktats of today’s rankings.

For this first edition we’ll start with four iconic cities: London, Mexico City, New York and Paris. Since our taste for authenticity is non-negotiable, we’ll focus uniquely on bistros that have opened within the last 12-18 months.

Furthermore, every “new bistro” will be visited anonymously, the bills will be paid and published. Our selection criteria, scrupulously respected by our jury of Bistronauts, is already visible below. 

Finally, in order for the election to be inclusive and participatory, we’ll invite all Londoners, mexiqueños, New Yorkers and parisiens (not to mention their best friends) to take part in the final vote, in September, to select their Best New Bistro of the year! 

There will be four honorees in 2019, one per Priceless City. And you can reserve your spot for the night of the awards ceremony. 

So tuck in your napkins and get ready to enjoy the feast!

Yours truly,
Le Bureau du Fooding

(1) “the most influential food publication in the country,” The New York Times
(2) “coolest food events known to man,” Time Magazine
(3) Hist. “Cheap and cheerful” establishments where you could have an informal drink or meal, or more generally a place to enjoy a pleasurable moment. Today, the term “bistro” refers to a lively restaurant with no limits, no fuss, offering plates full of free culinary expression, a laid-back and even festive atmosphere, easygoing staff and competitive prices.

WHEN

VOTE

25 September - 25 October

Who will be able to vote? Where? And when?

Everyone! The public is an essential voice in our award attribution! After having tested and tasted the vast pool of eligible restaurants in each city, our Bistronauts will help us create a shortlist of three per city. The Best New Bistro website will announce these final top nominees and the public will be invited to vote online starting in September 2019. The public vote will represent 25% of the final total.

25 September - 25 October

BOOK

October 30 - November 25/26

How to purchase tickets for the awards ceremony dinners?

Be the first to discover the Best New Bistro of the year in each city! Book your tickets for one of the four award ceremony dinners that will take place in London, Mexico City, New York and Paris on November 25/26th, soon available through the Mastercard Priceless Cities program on priceless.com.

October 30 - November 25/26

CELEBRATE

November 25

What will happen on the night of the event?

The program will present awards to four Best New Bistros (one per city). The awards will be announced simultaneously and followed by four exclusive ceremony dinners held respectively in London, Mexico City, New York and Paris on November 25th. Meet the most innovative new chefs, savor the most warm and inviting atmosphere, enjoy the most delicious food in pairing with Maison M.CHAPOUTIER’s biodynamic wine, and finish the evening with a jolt of Nespresso’s “Grands Crus”.

November 25

Who will be able to vote? Where? And when?

Everyone! The public is an essential voice in our award attribution! After having tested and tasted the vast pool of eligible restaurants in each city, our Bistronauts will help us create a shortlist of three per city. The Best New Bistro website will announce these final top nominees and the public will be invited to vote online starting in September 2019. The public vote will represent 25% of the final total.

25 September - 25 October

How to purchase tickets for the awards ceremony dinners?

Be the first to discover the Best New Bistro of the year in each city! Book your tickets for one of the four award ceremony dinners that will take place in London, Mexico City, New York and Paris on November 25/26th, soon available through the Mastercard Priceless Cities program on priceless.com.

October 30 - November 25/26

What will happen on the night of the event?

The program will present awards to four Best New Bistros (one per city). The awards will be announced simultaneously and followed by four exclusive ceremony dinners held respectively in London, Mexico City, New York and Paris on November 25th. Meet the most innovative new chefs, savor the most warm and inviting atmosphere, enjoy the most delicious food in pairing with Maison M.CHAPOUTIER’s biodynamic wine, and finish the evening with a jolt of Nespresso’s “Grands Crus”.

November 25

WHERE

London, Mexico City, New York and Paris are four of the over forty destinations featured in the Mastercard Priceless Cities program, which provides access to a collection of over 2,000 unforgettable experiences in the cities where you live and travel. With their exceptionally rich, flavorful and inspiring food scene, these cities were the obvious choice for where to start the Priceless Cities Best New Bistro awards. Here, you’re in the perfect place to try new and unique culinary experiences, fuel your passions, and make memories to last a lifetime.

HOW

Most notably, a bistro is considered by the selection committee if it:

- Opened in the past 12-18* months
- Has delicious food, whatever that may be: classic with a modern twist, veggie-centric and sustainable-forward, radical ethnic, elevated finger-lickin’ good etc.
- Is accessible, i.e.: Quality/Creativity/Experience/Price ratio must be fair. It’s a good bang for your buck.
- Focuses on ingredients, i.e.: locally sourced as much as possible, seasonal etc.
- Has good vibes, i.e.: attention to décor, music selection, hospitality (reservation-only or walk-in spots, friendliness, service).
- Showcases a wide variety of talented chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and maitre-d’s regardless of their origin, gender or background.
- Curates its beverage program: wine, mixology, pairings etc.
- Enhances “the taste of the times”. In other words, every Best New Bistro can inspire and amaze the jury for any other valid reason not featured on this list, since it’s their talent, sincerity and commitment to freedom of culinary expression that will help expand this list year after year.
- Above all, every choice must have meaning — there must be harmony between what is served, and where and how it is consumed.  

WHO

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BISTRONAUT #12

Favorite dish? Dan dan noodles

Favorite drink? Coteaux de Trumao Cruchon, a joyful pinot noir made in Chile

Guilty pleasure? Coquillettes, ketchup, gruyère

Cult cookbook? Ducksoup Cookbook: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking.

Favorite color? Saffron yellow

Favorite dinner music? Cutlery clinking, wine flowing, silly jokes and bursts of laughter

Favorite after-dinner movie? Les Poupées Russes (I know)

Favorite neighborhood? North-East London obvs

Favorite week-end getaway? 45 minutes East of Palermo

Grateful for? Having no food allergies

BISTRONAUT #10

Favorite dish? Duck magret with homemade buttery mashed potatoes

Favorite drink? Tepeztate mezcal

Guilty pleasure? Kinder Bueno

Cult cookbook? Rosetta by Elena Reygadas (more than a cookbook!)

Favorite color? PMS 344

Favorite dinner music? Fela Kuti

Favorite after-dinner movie? Mrs. Doubtfire

Favorite neighborhood? La Roma Norte, obviously!

Favorite week-end getaway? A trek through the Mexican mountains with my personal guide (my dog)

Grateful for? Being able to taste!

BISTRONAUT #1

Favorite dish? Tagliatelle al ragù in Bologna

Favorite drink? Domaine Jacques Selosse champagne

Guilty pleasure? Molten chocolate cake

Cult cookbook? Ottolenghi Jerusalem

Favorite color? Sunlight

Favorite dinner music? Bossa nova

Favorite after-dinner movie? Any heist, any spy movie, anything with hoop skirts.

Favorite neighborhood? Is there a fantastic greenmarket and a café with perfect cortados, free newspapers, good people-watching and outdoor seating in the sun? That’s my favorite.

Favorite week-end getaway? As long as there’s a convertible, anywhere is great.

Grateful for? My family, my closest friends, and Google Maps.

BISTRONAUT #7

Favorite dish? The tortilla española (RIP) at Té Company

Favorite drink? Grower champagne goes with everything…

Guilty pleasure? Buying (non-organic) fruit from street carts

Cult cookbook? Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden

Favorite color? Army green

Favorite dinner music? Ahmad Jamal, “Live at the Pershing"

Favorite after-dinner movie? Harold & Maude

Favorite neighborhood? Two Bridges

Favorite week-end getaway? Upstate New York, or anywhere without wifi. 

Grateful for? NYC chefs who are talented (and crazy) enough to make a go of it here.

BISTRONAUT #5

Favorite dish? Steak au poivre – my mother’s French fries

Favorite drink? Freshly squeezed orange juice

Guilty pleasure? Haribo licorice mixed with sour Lutti candy

Cult cookbook? The River Café Cook Book

Favorite color? Transparent

Favorite dinner music? Billie Holliday 

Favorite after-dinner movie? Straight Outta Compton 

Favorite neighborhood? Château d'eau

Favorite week-end getaway? Baie de Somme

Grateful for? JFB

BISTRONAUT #2

Favorite dish? A Sunday roast chicken with thick-cut potatoes au jus

Favorite drink? Mezcal margaritas!

Guilty pleasure? Dulce de leche à la cuillère...

Cult cookbook? Notes from the Larder - Nigel Slater

Favorite color? Ochre

Favorite dinner music? Chet Baker

Favorite after-dinner movie? Another guilty pleasure, Notting Hill...

Favorite neighborhood? Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY

Favorite week-end getaway? A weekend of cooking, hiking and antiquing in the Catskills, NY

Grateful for? Good health, good litterature, good people & good food  

BISTRONAUT #9

Favorite dish? Lamb shank from Le Baratin

Favorite drink? Mezcal aged in leather

Guilty pleasure? Masturbating

Cult cookbook? Kook en Geniet by S.J.A de Villiers

Favorite color? The rainbow

Favorite dinner music? Tinariwen

Favorite after-dinner movie? The Little Prince by Stanley Donen

Favorite neighborhood? The West Village (NY)

Favorite week-end getaway? Therme & Baths, Vals Valley, Switzerland

Grateful for? Feet  

BISTRONAUT #4

Favorite dish? Linguine alle vongole

Favorite drink? Campari tonic

Guilty pleasure? Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Cult cookbook? The Silver Palate Cookbook and Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California

Favorite color? Navy

Favorite dinner music? Eartha Kitt

Favorite after-dinner movie? The Empire Strikes Back

Best neighborhood? Goncourt

Favorite week-end getaway? Basque country

Grateful for? Ice cubes

BISTRONAUT #8

Favorite dish? A chūkadon with extra gyozas.

Favorite drink? Fabrice Monnin's Southern Jura wines.

Guilty pleasure? A Royal with Cheese, rest in peace.

Cult cookbook? My Mother’s handwritten recipe notebook.

Favorite color? Château Palmer deep blue almost black.

Favorite dinner music? The noises coming from my guests eating.

Favorite after-dinner movie? I usually finish too late for a movie.

Favorite neighborhood? The musicians quarter in Pessac.

Favorite week-end getaway? Lower Médoc.

Grateful for? My daughter's appetite for gnocchi with butter and sage.

BISTRONAUT #3

Favorite dish? Roast farmhouse chicken with spring vegetables from my garden

Favorite drink? A pint of Uley bitter (beer)

Guilty pleasure? I never feel guilty when it comes to gastronomic pleasures

Cult cookbook? Mastering the Art of French Cookery by Louisette Bertholle, Julia Child & Simone Beck


Favorite color? Aquamarine


Favorite dinner music? The human voice


Favorite after-dinner movie? Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

Favorite neighborhood? Campo dei Fiore, Rome


Favorite week-end getaway? Uley


Grateful for? Eating, drinking, family & friends

BISTRONAUT #11

Favorite dish? Sausage and mashed potatoes

Favorite drink? A shot of mezcal

Guilty pleasure? A hot churro

Cult cookbook? My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions: A Cookbook by Gabriela Camara

Favorite color? Burnt orange

Favorite dinner music? Ondatropica CD

Favorite after-dinner movie? Much Ado About Nothing

Favorite neighborhood? Roma Norte

Favorite week-end getaway? Puerto Escondido

Grateful for? My taste buds

BISTRONAUT #6

Favorite dish? Awareness, Idealism, Spice

Favorite drink? Currently, Arak with Lime, Cucumber and Coriander

Guilty pleasure? "One more …"

Cult cookbook? Pomp and Sustenance by Mary Taylor Simeti and The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones

Favorite color? White

Favorite dinner music? Bill Evans Trio

Favorite after-dinner movie? All by Werner Herzog

Favorite neighborhood? Carmel Market in Tel Aviv

Favorite week-end getaway? Milano with Isola’s ravioli cinesi, sophisticated design everything in Brera and the most memorable negroni at Bar Basso.

Grateful for? Having choices

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