It's that time again -- time to revisit all that the past year has brought us and single out some of the best New York City has to offer. It's a tradition that never gets old. With that, here are our favorite new dining options.

Best new (and most anticipated) noodle shop: Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen's LES noodle shop had been years
Ivan Ramen's LES noodle shop had been years in the making when it finally opened last summer. And boy does this ramen house deliver. Springy noodles, inventive appetizers (fried whole prawns with Kewpie mayo!), rich and flavorful broth and a certain inspired vegetarian ramen rule at Ivan Ramen. (The vegetarian Shoyu ramen, pictured, is the real deal, bursting with as much if not more umami flavor as the triple garlic Mazeman, if you can believe it.) 25 Clinton St., ivanramen.com (Credit: GEORGIA KRAL)

Best new pizza: Emily

Clinton Hill's dining scene has blown up over
Clinton Hill's dining scene has blown up over the past year, and the shining star is Emily. The owners call their pizzas "New Brooklyn"-style: The toppings are pushed all the way out to the edges, and the crust is thin, bubbly and delicious. They are cooked in a wood-fired oven. Try everything, but don't skip the homemade ricotta and the namesake "Emily" pie, with mozzarella, pistachios, truffle sottocenere and honey. 919 Fulton St., pizzalovesemily.com (Credit: GEORGIA KRAL)

Best fried chicken: Wilma Jean

This year could easily be considered the year
This year could easily be considered the year of fried chicken, what with Root & Bone’s sweet tea-brined fried chicken, Birds & Bubbles’ champagne concept and Seoul Chicken's Asian twist, to name a few. But for no-fuss fried chicken, the folks behind Seersucker make some of the best around with this new outfit. Get the juicy, crispy buttermilk-marinated bird on a stick, in a salad, by the bucketful or part of its fried chicken dinner with a potato roll and coleslaw — at $14, it’s one of the best deals in town, too. 345 Smith St., Carroll Gardens, 718-422-0444, wilmajean345.com (Credit: Linda Rosier)

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Best food gimmick: Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shot

Dominique Ansel managed to follow up his Cronut
Dominique Ansel managed to follow up his Cronut with an equally ingenious, buzz-worthy creation — the chocolate chip cookie milk shot. Reaction to the new treat was immediate and synonymous: wonderful. Makes sense; the treats are made from Valrhona chocolate and filled with milk infused with Tahitian vanilla. $4, available daily after 3 p.m.; 189 Spring St., 212-219-2273, dominiqueansel.com (Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery)

Best food court: Gotham West Market

Massive food halls have popped up all over
Massive food halls have popped up all over the city this year, from Hudson Eats in the Financial District to Gansevoort Market in Meatpacking, but this is one of the pioneers. In the Hells Kitchen market, you can start your day with Blue Bottle Coffee, hit up Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop for lunch, get a bowl from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop for dinner and end the day with Jenis Splendid Ice Creams for dessert, and much more. To celebrate its anniversary, the market is holding specials all this week. 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7940, gothamwestmarket.com (Credit: Daniel Krieger)

Best bagel shop for non-New York-style bagels: Black Seed Bagels

When Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli and
When Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli and Matt Kliegman of The Smile’s new spot first opened, people would line up for an hour or more wanting to taste what all the fuss was about. It turns out the hand-rolled, wood-fired Montreal-style bagels and fancy toppings like tobiko caviar and smoked bluefish have found a fervent following. A second outpost has since opened in Hudson Eats. 170 Elizabeth St., 212-730-1950, blackseedbagels.com (Credit: Black Seed Bagels)

Best health food destination that actually tastes good: The Little Beet

Lunch is a feel-good affair at Chef Franklin
Lunch is a feel-good affair at Chef Franklin Becker’s midtown quick-service restaurant. The menu is entirely gluten-free, with seasonal, local ingredients that are packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants. The concept has been so popular, it’s spawned a full-service restaurant, The Little Beet Table, on Park Avenue, that opened this month. 135 W. 50th St., 212-459-2338, thelittlebeet.com (Credit: The Little Beet)

Best (affordable) tasting menu: Delaware and Hudson

For just $48, you can enjoy a four-course
For just $48, you can enjoy a four-course meal from this newly Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by NYC restaurant veteran Patti Jackson. The farm-to-table spot’s seasonal menu changes weekly, churning out such dishes as cured pork belly with Swiss chard and pickled walnuts, ricotta dumplings and roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. 135 N. Fifth St., Williamsburg, 718-218-8191, delawareandhudson.com (Credit: Delaware and Hudson)

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Best new restaurant you’ll have a tough time getting into (but you should try, anyway): Cosme

Enrique Olvera’s new Flatiron restaurant has been a
Enrique Olvera’s new Flatiron restaurant has been a blockbuster out of the gate, reportedly booking reservations through the end of the year once it opened in late October. If you can get in, you can enjoy creative Mexican eats from the all-star chef, including his knockout husk meringue on the dessert menu that’s been clogging up Instagram feeds. 35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659, cosmenyc.com (Credit: Cosme)

Best cheap eats: Landhaus at The Woods

Smorgasburg fixture Landhaus developed a following for its
Smorgasburg fixture Landhaus developed a following for its grilled maple bacon sticks and “farm to sandwich” concept that pulls from American, Mexican, Korean and Filipino foods. Over the summer, it found a permanent home at The Woods, building a full kitchen to make those bacon sticks, as well as other satisfying eats such as fried wontons, patty melts and poutine. With everything priced between $3-$14, including a burger for under $10, you just got more money for drinks. 48 S. Fourth St., Williamsburg, 718-710-5020, thewoodsbk.com (Credit: Liz Clayman)

Best spinoff: Russ & Daughters Cafe

The original Russ & Daughters is by no
The original Russ & Daughters is by no means new. The family business has been going strong for, no exaggeration, 100 years. But in May, the iconic shop expanded to a 65-seat café, where you can sit down and enjoy such noshes as knishes, smoked fish on rye, matzo ball soup and lox, eggs and onion, all at reasonable prices. Let’s just hope the next concept doesn’t take another 100 years. 127 Orchard St., 212-475-4881, russanddaughterscafe.com (Credit: Kelli Anderson/Jen Snow)

Best homage: The Writing Room

Elaine’s was a cherished New York institution, drawing
Elaine’s was a cherished New York institution, drawing locals and celebrities alike for nearly 50 years and many a folktale about its legendary, eponymous proprietress. When it closed in 2011, it felt as if a chapter of the city closed, too. But a part of that history lives on in the Writing Room, which reopened in the old Elaine’s space in at the beginning of this year, thanks to its vintage, old-school vibe, literary feel and lively atmosphere, while still bringing something new to the table that will keep you coming back. 1703 Second Ave., 212-335-0075, thewritingroomnyc.com (Credit: The Writing Room)