NYC Hospitality Alliance Announces Honorees for 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony

NYC Hospitality Alliance Awards 2017 Winners
The NYC Hospitality Alliance Awards from 2017. (Photo by Ken Goodman)

The Special Night Will Honor Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife Establishments and Hospitality Professionals Across New York City’s Five Boroughs

The New York City Hospitality Alliance, a membership nonprofit association representing restaurants and nightlife establishments throughout the five boroughs, announced honorees for the 3rd Annual NYC Hospitality Alliance Awards. The ceremony and cocktail party will take place at TAO Downtown on April 9, 2018 from 6:30pm-10:00pm.

The 3rd Annual Awards event will once again showcase the best in cuisine, cocktails and culture and pays homage to the restaurants, bars, nightlife establishments and professionals throughout the five boroughs that have made an impact on the city’s amazing hospitality industry.

NYC Hospitality Alliance 3rd Annual Awards

The 3rd Annual Awards restaurant honorees and awards include:

Big Apple Legacy Award – Goes to an individual whose success and influence will leave a long lasting impact on the NYC hospitality industry.

I Love Bronx Award – Goes to three favorite restaurants in the Bronx.

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

I Love Brooklyn Award – Goes to three favorite restaurants in Brooklyn.

  • Diner, Hometown BBQ, Sunday in Brooklyn

I Love Manhattan Award – Goes to three favorite restaurants in Manhattan.

  • Balthazar, Keens Steakhouse, The Red Cat

I Love Queens Award – Goes to three favorite restaurants in Queens.

  • Don Peppe, Mu Ramen, SriPraPhai

I Love Staten Island Award – Goes to three favorite restaurants in Staten Island.

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

True Taste of NYC Award – Goes to three iconic dishes served at three iconic NYC restaurants.

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

City That Never Sleeps Award – Goes to three influential bars, clubs, cocktail bars or operators.

  • House of Yes, Stonewall Inn, The Dead Rabbit

Back of House Award – Goes to three individuals who have achieved respect and excellence working in one or more jobs in a restaurant kitchen. (Executive Chef, Pastry Chef, etc).

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

Front of House Award – Goes to three individuals who have achieved respect and excellence working in one or more jobs on the dining room floor of a restaurant. (Manager, Maitre d’, Sommelier, Server, Bartender, etc).

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

Operations Award – Goes to three individuals who have achieved respect and excellence working in one or more operation level jobs for a single unit or restaurant group. (COO, CFO, F&B Director, etc).

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

Hearts of Hospitality Award – Goes to three individuals who are recognized for excellence in the profession of human resources in hospitality.

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

The Determination Award – Goes to three individuals who started at an entry-level job in the industry and are now in a leadership role.

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

The Next Generation Award – Goes to three up-and-coming or established movers and shakers who are still early in their hospitality industry career (Must be under 40 years old on April 9, 2018).

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

#HospitalityGuru Award – Goes to three restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs, nightlife operators or social media influencers with a social media presence that makes you drool, laugh, think and captures your attention.

  • Barbuto (@barbutonyc), Food Baby (@foodbabyny), thirsty (@thirsty)

Philanthropy Served Here Award – Goes to a charitable organization whose work helps to make the neighborhoods of NYC a more hospitable place- with a focus on working with the restaurant and hospitality industry.

  • Wellness in the Schools

Fast Casual Award – Goes to three emerging or established fast casual restaurant concepts we can’t get enough of.

  • Pasta Flyer, The Halal Guys, Xi’an Famous Foods

“The Alliance Awards give us an opportunity to recognize and honor the remarkable people and businesses that contribute so much to our city and make New York City the hospitality capital of the world,” said Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of The New York City Hospitality Alliance.

Tickets are now on sale to the event. General Admission tickets exclusive to restaurant, nightlife, hotel operators and their families are $250. Product/Service Provider tickets are $375 and industry packages which include 10 tickets and a digital advertisement on-site at the event can be purchased for $2,500. This is a standing room only event with non-reserved seating available for general admission ticket holders. Passed hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails will be served.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about the New York City Hospitality Alliance Awards, please visit:

Event Sponsors: Four Star: Asahi Beer; E.B. Cohen; Fox Rothschild LLP; Imperial Dade; Pesetsky & Bookman; Yelp Reservations. Three Star:  Brooklyn Crafted, BankUnited; CohnReznick; Hiro Saki; Howard Goldstein, LUTCF for Hospitality Health Select; HYR Inc.; I. Halper, Paper & Supplies, Inc.; Micros Retail Systems, Inc.; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Topo Chico

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. For more information, please contact Marie Assante, Assante Public Relations, 917-837-0755,