You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
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Here's the difference between Lulu & Po and so many other Brooklyn neighborhood restaurants I visit: I want all those restaurants to be something like Lulu & Po, but often, they're not.