'Top Chef' Sbraga makes Esquire's best-new list

Kevin Sbraga watching the finale of "Top Chef" last September. (Photo: April Saul / Staff Photographer)

Esquire mag's list of the best new restaurants in America appears in the November issue, and Philly's Sbraga makes the field of 20.

It's the first Philly entry since 2008, when Zahav and Distrito made it. Author/critic John Mariani has been combing the country to cull the annual list since most of you were in knee pants.

"This is great for us and great for the city," said chef Kevin Sbraga. (The restaurant, at Broad and Pine Streets, also scored a very respectable 27 for food in the 2013 Zagat Survey, due to hit the newsstand Monday, Oct. 8.)

The Esquire Sbraga blurb: At Sbraga, you are served a four-course dinner you won’t soon forget for the remarkable price of $49. How does Chef Kevin Sbraga do it? Backward. “Everywhere else I’ve worked, they decided on what they wanted to serve, then set the price,” he says. “Here we decided on the price first, then figured out what we could offer without sacrificing creativity or quality.”

Restaurant of the year is The Optimist in Atlanta. Chef of the year is Roberto Donna of Al Dente, Washington, D.C.  Dish of the year is the roast chicken at the NoMad in New York.

See the article here.