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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oakland: #5 Top Place to Go in 2012 (New York Times)

The New York times just rated Oakland among the top 5 places to go in 2012!
It's a pretty stiff competition and a big win for Oakland, placing us right behind #4 London and immediately ahead of #6 Tokyo, #7 Tanzania, #8 Patagonia, #9 Tibet and #10 Havana. Yes, Oakland is just behind the 2012 Olympics host and ahead of great global cities Tokyo and Havana and lifetime outdoor destinations Patagonia and Tibet.

5. Oakland, Calif.
New restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit.

Tensions have cooled since violence erupted at the recent Occupy Oakland protests, but the city’s revitalized night-life scene has continued to smolder.

The historic Fox Theater reopened in 2009 and quickly cemented its status as one of the Bay Area’s top music venues, drawing acts like Wilco and the Decemberists. Meanwhile, the city’s ever more sophisticated restaurants are now being joined by upscale cocktail bars, turning once-gritty Oakland into an increasingly appealing place to be after dark. James Syhabout, the chef who earned Oakland its first (and only) Michelin star two years ago at Commis, followed up in May with the instant-hit Hawker Fare, a casual spot serving Asian street food. Big-name San Francisco chefs are now joining him. Daniel Patterson (of two-Michelin-star Coi) opened the restaurant Plum in late 2010 and an adjacent cocktail bar later, and another restaurant, called Haven, in the recently renovated Jack London Square last month. INGRID K. WILLIAMS

Other Recent NYTimes Coverage
Truth is, the New York Times has been showing Oakland a lot of love lately. In November they gave the Uptown area a great review for the music and food scene. A year ago they covered the food scene with this article and slideshow highlighting Oakland's evolving restaurant offerings, and the beer scene.

Photo Credit: Craig Lee for The New York Times


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