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EATER – Restaurant Experts Name the Top Newcomers of 2009

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein:

Q: What are the top newcomers of 2009?

“Kate Krader, restaurant editor Food & Wine: Locanda Verde. Marea. I love the whole Ace Hotel situation – Breslin, Stumptown, hotel lobby that’s the most fun place in town. Prime Meats. Fried Chicken night at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Minetta Tavern (horrifying bar scene notwithstanding).”…

“Gabriella Gershenson, Food Editor TONY: Minetta Tavern, Locanda Verde, Joseph Leonard, Marea, Aldea, Keste, Stumptown Coffee.”…

“Oliver Strand, food writer: Dos Toros, Minetta Tavern, Saltie, Saraghina, Stumptown Coffee Roasters (it counts, right?), Third Rail Coffee”…