Borough restaurants do well in Zagat's

October 6, 2010 3:28:02 PM PDT
It has long been considered the dining bible for restaurant goers. Zagat's is out with its latest list of best restaurants in New York City.

Ranking the highest is Le Bernardin on West 51st. Gramercy Tavern was voted the most popular restaurant. This year a lot of restaurants outside Manhattan are also getting high marks.

"We got a letter from them. Congratulations on being a newcomer. it's kinda cool being referred to in 84 years being here," Ralph Napolitano, co-owner of Ann & Tony's, said.

It's five generations authentic Italian cooking, but Ann & Tony's on Arthur Avenue is now listed on the new Zagat Survey of Best Restaurants for 2011.

"Without a doubt we're honored. It's a very prestigious magazine. People look at it almost like it's their bible when they go out to eat, so now we're in the bible. It's cool. It's nice. It's really nice," Napolitano said.

It joins the ranks of other Zagat rated restaurants in the neighborhood like Roberto's. Both restaurants appreciate the recognition to Bronx.

"Now the Bronx is easy to get to. Years ago, the critics only went to Manhattan," Roberto Paciullo said.

The 2011 New York City Guide features 387 outer borough restaurants.

"Of the outer boroughs, Brooklyn has the most top restaurants, but there are 32 in the Bronx, there are 100 in Queens, and there's a substantial number in Staten Island," Tim Zagat said.

Zagat says there are more good restaurants popping up in the outer boroughs because the rent is cheaper and labor is less expensive.

"Chinese, Paficana which is in Brooklyn. It's new. It's an upset," Zagat said. "Many of the best restaurants of a specific cuisine are in Brooklyn and it's surprising this year."

Fredrick Douglass Boulevard is becoming known as Restaurant Row in Harlem, with new places like 67 Orange.

"There's not any section of the city that doesn't have good restaurants," Zagat said.

For more information about this year's survey, please visit