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Wine Spectator Announces Winners of 2022 Restaurant Awards

NEW YORK – Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has unveiled the winners of the 2022 Restaurant Awards, which honor the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year’s awards program recognizes 3,169 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 70 countries internationally. Greek and Greek-American restaurants featuring Greek wines were also among the honorees.

“I want to congratulate all 3,169 restaurants that earned one of Wine Spectator’s three awards for their devotion to all things wine,” said Wine Spectator Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken. “These awards not only guide our readers to dining establishments with impressive wine lists and outstanding service, but also serve to honor restaurants for their achievements and commitment to maintaining pristine cellars. We are thrilled to reveal our 2022 Dining Guide, which points to places where wine drinkers are warmly welcomed.”

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 1,782; 1,290; and 97 winners this year in each respective category.

Two winners of the Grand Award, the program’s highest honor, are earning the award for the first time: Gabriel Kreuther in New York and Press Restaurant in Napa Valley.

Nerai Restaurant in New York City. (Photo via Facebook)

Included in the Wine Spectator’s special Restaurant Awards issue: an account of how today’s restaurants— through actions such as showcasing more diversity among the winemakers represented on their wine lists, and drawing attention to environmentally conscious winemaking practices— are more creative and inclusive than ever.

Among the Grand Winners for 2022, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas and the original location in Houston were both honored. The American steakhouse chain is owned by Greek-Americans Harris and Chris Pappas who followed in their Greek immigrant grandfather H.D. Pappas’ footsteps, and now lead the chain of Pappas restaurants with more than 80 locations in seven states, throughout Texas, and with locations in New Mexico, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado.

Four well-known Greek restaurants in New York were honored with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence- Nerai, Molyvos, Avra Madison, and Amali. In California, Dio Deka in Los Gatos and Estiatorio Ornos in San Francisco also received the Best of Award of Excellence.

Greek-American restaurateur and Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser and his team have revitalized the historic property and reimagined the dining experience at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, Long Island, and received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

Calissa in Water Mill, NY, was also honored with the Award of Excellence as were three Greek restaurants in Florida- Santorini by Georgios in Miami Beach, Thasos Greek Taverna in Fort Lauderdale, and Kiki on the River in Miami, as well as Chicago’s Andros Taverna, owned by Chef Doug Psaltis, Hsing Chen, and Ryan O’Donnell, and Zaytinya in Washington, DC, owned by Rob Wilder and José Andrés.

The iconic Greek restaurant Molyvos has found a new home at 402 West 43rd Street in Manhattan which will soon be opening. Photo: Molyvos

In Greece, Tudor Hall Restaurant at the King George Hotel in Athens was honored with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence while Selene at Katikies Garden Thira Old Catholic Monastery in Fira, Santorini received the Award of Excellence.

Jul’s Restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, with Greek cuisine by Chef Christos Fotos, also received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.

The Restaurant Awards issue, which features chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer on the cover, is available to readers July 12.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Instagram (@wsrestaurantawards), with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at https://www.winespectator.com/restaurants/search, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by attributes including name, proximity, award level, cuisine and pricing. Winners are also profiled in the free Restaurant Awards app, available for iPhone and iPad users.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site:  https://www.winespectator.com/, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily, and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.



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