Our annual look at the essential restaurants illuminating the city's dining scene

Joining the 10 Best list in its debut year is the first brick-and-mortar restaurant from chefs/owners Catie Randazzo and Matthew Heaggans. At Ambrose and Eve, named after Randazzo’s grandparents, the admitted junk food fans pay homage to grade-school throwbacks like ants on a log, potluck shareables like seven-layer dip and shameless chain-brand Americana like Chili’s Awesome Blossom, but they pull it all off by using high-quality ingredients, global flavors and eye-catching presentation. Combine the chefs’ creativity with an enticing beverage program and a modern yet homey dining room—complete with family photos—and you have a wonderful addition to the dining scene.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019:  1. Veritas 2. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 3. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 4. Service Bar 5. G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar 6. Comune 7. Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House