Gee golly, they like us!

Holier-than-thou New York foodies, be humbled: Village Voice restaurant critic Robert Sietsema (fifth cousin to Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema) has officially bestowed upon D.C. his stamp of approval. In fact, he says D.C.—gasp!—”beats New York in a few categories.”

Here’s a taste of what he had to say about some local spots he visited last week:

Little Serow: “like a Thai answer to our own Mission Chinese”

Fast Gourmet: “You won’t be able to walk back to your hotel after that.”

Stachowski’s: “The homemade pastrami, sliced thick and put on dark rye with mustard, is similarly incredible.”

Ben’s Chili Bowl: “Any reservations you might have about how good the food actually is vanish once you take a bite.”

Toki Underground: “Toki avoids the pretentiousness that pervades many contemporary hipster noodle parlors.” And on Twitter: “DC’s Toki awesome, easily outdoes Ippudo.”

Wagshal’s: The “bodacious” pastrami sandwich is “absolutely scrumptious.”

Twitter pic from Robert Sietsema