NYC Hospitality Alliance Awards 2018

Last night in Manhattan, the 3rd annual NYC NYC Hospitality Alliance paid tribute to some of the industry’s top professionals in the five boroughs. Hosted by NYC Hospitality Alliance Executive Director, Andrew Rigie,  over 800 guests celebrated at TAO Downtown to toast with the winners. As New York City is home to some of the finest in the hospitality industry, thirsty was honored to be amongst the well-deserving Award recipients as #HospitalityGuru.

Congratulations and special shout out to the city’s best in cuisine, cocktails and culture, paying homage to the restaurants, bars, nightlife establishments and professionals and we look forward to more great things ahead.


2018 Hospitality honorees and awards included:

Big Apple Legacy Award

Tracy Nieporent; Myriad Restaurant Group

#HospitalityGuru Award

Barbuto (@barbutonyc), Food Baby (@foodbabyny), thirsty (@thirsty) – that’s us!

I Love Bronx Award

Enzo’s, Liebman’s Delicatessen, The Original Crab Shanty

I Love Brooklyn Award

Diner, Hometown BBQ, Sunday in Brooklyn

I Love Manhattan Award

Balthazar, Keens Steakhouse, The Red Cat

I Love Queens Award

Don Peppe, Mu Ramen, SriPraPhai

I Love Staten Island Award

COMMONS Café, Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria, The Stone House at Clove Lakes

True Taste of NYC Award

Joe’s Pizza; Classic Cheese Pizza, Mamoun’s Falafel; Falafel, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake; Carrot Cake

City That Never Sleeps Award

House of Yes, Stonewall Inn, The Dead Rabbit

Back of House Award

Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Anita Lo, Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione)

Front of House Award

Georgette Farkas (Rotisserie Georgette), Steve Morales (TAO Group), Susan Povich (Red Hook Lobster Pound)

Operations Award

Katie Broad (Le Bernardin), Sam Goldfinger (Soho House), Susan Spikes (Hill Country Hospitality)

Hearts of Hospitality Award

Elvira Ryder (Empowered Hospitality), Jonathan Moldenhauer (Major Food Group), Laura O’Neill (The Alicart Restaurant Group)

The Determination Award

Ahmon Williams (Fausto), Emily Hilton (Bathtub Gin), Melba Wilson (Melba’s Restaurant)

The Next Generation Award

Adam Landsman (Sunday in Brooklyn), Nicolas Jammet (sweetgreen), Will Guidara (Make it Nice Hospitality)

Philanthropy Served Here Award

Wellness in the Schools

Fast Casual Award

Pasta Flyer, The Halal Guys, Xi’an Famous Food

About New York City Hospitality Alliance

The New York City Hospitality Alliance is a non-profit-trade association representing restaurants and nightlife establishments throughout the five boroughs. Formed in September 2012 by a group of well-noted hospitality operators, The Alliance provides a unified voice for the industry in the halls of government, in the media, and is a one-stop resource for industry-specific advice, education, events and cost-saving services. Through the support and involvement of its members, The Alliance is committed to advancing – with a clear and unified voice – an agenda focused on opportunity, economic investment and job creation.

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