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Ohhh, Seven

The Year In Review

It's been quite a year, and we couldn't let it go without summing it all up for you one last time. Tothat end, here is a modest list of the highlights of 2007, with all its wondrous highs and hope-crushinglows.

Smith & Mills
BEST CLOSET-SIZED BAR

Smith & Mills

Dropped into the wasteland of lower Tribeca, this cozy—all right, tiny—unmarked bar played off industrial and immigrant nostalgia, along with some tasty vintage cocktails, to create one of the freshest and most interesting spots of the year.

Centro Vinoteca
BEST HYPE SURVIVOR

Centro Vinoteca

Hype, delays, more hype, and a long line of reservations kicked off Ann Burrell's "spiritually Italian" entry into the West Village scene. Six months later, the crowd has yet to die down.

Soto
BEST SUSHI FOR THE BRAVE

Soto

It's not for the uninitiated, but this small sushi spot got better all year, winning over non-believers with the freshest ingredients and the most sublime omakase. At least, for those who knew better than to order a Diet Coke.

Naked Ping Pong
BEST NON-NUDE TABLE SPORT

Naked Ping Pong

A perfect storm of nightlife and sport brought together basement savants, bored hipsters, eclectic bankers and the usual Tribeca minglers for one of the most reliably fun nights in the city. The nudity, unfortunately, remained metaphorical.

Primetime Tables
MOST CONTROVERSIAL NEW SERVICE

Primetime Tables

Love it or hate it, the site changed the shape of eating out in New York this year. And the people who love it are probably better-fed.

…AND THEN THE MISSES

Runway
IT'S NO BRYANT PARK

Runway

A fashion-themed club with a catwalk. By the third week, an escalating walkoff feud had most thinking runaway instead of Runway.

Angels and Kings
EMO SPINOFF BAR

Angels and Kings

Founded as a haven for guyliner and pop-punk. To be fair, Sinatra Night sounded promising.

Arena
FASTEST... CHANGE OF SCENERY

Arena

They started out with a plan for a full multimedia playground, with walls that could change from arctic wilderness to Tuscan villa with the click of a button. Unfortunately, not enough of a distraction from the not-so-New-York crowd.

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