12 NYC Chefs & Restaurants

Are Named James Beard Award Finalists

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Amanda Cohen

Dirt Candy
Best Chef: New York State

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JJ Johnson

Best Chef: New York State

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Ayesha Nurdjaja

Best Chef: New York State

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Chintan Pandya

Best Chef: New York State

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Junghyun Park

Best Chef: New York State

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A fiery provincial Indian restaurant located at Essex Market
Best New Restaurant


A laid-back New Mexican cafe and bakery in Crown Heights by Eric See
Best New Restaurant

Sylvia’s Restaurant

Harlem’s iconic destination for soul food
Outstanding Hospitality

The category will honor a restaurant that has been open for at least five years that “demonstrates consistent and excellent hospitality and service to its dining community, while also making efforts to provide a sustainable work culture.

Caroline Schiff

Gage & Tollner
Outstanding Pastry Chef

Caroline Schiff was honored as a finalist for the outstanding pastry chef award.

The category will honor an exceptional chef who has been working with desserts for at least three years.

The Four Horsemen

a small plates restaurant and natural wine bar in Williamsburg
Outstanding Wine Program


A bistro and bar run with a natural wine program by director and sommelier, Jorge Riera.
Outstanding Wine Program

The award will highlight a restaurant or bar with “a carefully considered wine list and a well-informed approach to helping customers choose and drink wine.

Grace Young

NYC’s award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, and filmmaker

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