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

New restaurants rarely appear on our 10 Best list, and it’s rarer still when a restaurant has been buffeted by change during its debut year. But Comune, the fledgling plant-based restaurant from co-owners Joe Galati and Brook Maikut, impressed us that much thanks to its risk-taking beverage program, tranquil interior design and patio, and dishes that broaden our sensory horizons beyond humdrum bacon-and-balsamic Brussels sprouts (here’s looking at you, zhug-and-saffron crispy rice with dates). When Comune hits its stride, watch out.

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 7. Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House 10. Ambrose and Eve