Ai Fiori, Tertulia Top Best New Restaurants List

- 2011-12-21T16:02:47Z

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#1. Tertulia

The restaurant of the year, a Spanish spot like no other in New York, a shrine to Iberico, the world's most expensive ham. Seamus Mullen showers this delicacy upon guests as if it were white truffles, perfuming every other dish with its floral, nutty aromas. Mullen could serve his saffron-soaked paella on white tablecloths. Instead, he surrenders to the haute-casual, linen-free zeitgeist, with a crowded room where bankers drink sherry standing up, praying to land that table next to Jay-Z.