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!
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.
25 September - 25 October
October 25 - November 25
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
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 25th, soon available through the Mastercard Priceless Cities program on priceless.com.
October 25 - November 25
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”.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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