The Dish Power Rankings: Susur Takes Manhattan (Again) Edition

The Dish Power Rankings: Susur Takes Manhattan (Again) Edition


In this week’s roundup of the city’s buzziest restaurants: celebs go ape over Toronto’s most cultish burgers, and top chef Susur Lee takes his vagabond shoes to NYC.

1. Bent
Tables at Susur Lee’s west-end restaurant filled fast when news broke of the chef’s impending New York comeback: there’s nothing available after 6 p.m. all weekend.

2. Edulis
A glowing endorsement from former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl has kept the King West restaurant packed. The next available primetime table is in mid-October.

3. The Burger’s Priest
First Daniel Radcliffe called the Priest “the best burger I’ve had.” Now Piper Perabo, who films the spy show Covert Affairs in Toronto, has given a shout-out to the joint’s grilled cheese–encased patties (though we find it hard to believe she pounds too many Vatican Cities herself).

4. The Chase
Courting celebrities during TIFF is clearly a solid way to build a brand. The new Financial District seafood restaurant has been slammed since the festival, with no openings after 5:30 p.m. all weekend.

5. Patria
You might have to wait a few weeks to sample the tapas at Charles Khabouth’s King West taverna. The reservation book is full on weekends until October 4.

6. Bar Isabel
Celebrity chef Mark McEwan took to Twitter to rave about his meal at the crammed College Street tapas bar.

7. Daishō
Turns out the restaurant doesn’t need patio weather or hunky celebs to stay packed. A single table is up for grabs at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

8. El Catrin
The Distillery District’s newest hot spot is getting even busier: there’s just one available table on Friday…at 5 p.m.

9. Playa Cabana Hacienda
You also have to go early to get a seat at Dave Sidhu’s newest taco shop: no reservations are open after 5:30 all weekend. 

10. Big Crow
Brisk fall weather isn’t stopping foodies from flocking to Anthony Rose’s outdoor mess hall (the newly installed heaters certainly help).

Honourable Mentions: Takht-e Tavoos has been swamped since Ruth Reichl gave the Iranian brunch spot her lofty seal of approval; Sam Rockwell and CSI Miami actor Jonathan Togo were spotted sharing a porterhouse at Morton’s steakhouse in Yorkville.