Tom Sietsema's dining guides aren't static lists. Twice a year, The Post's food critic puts together a collection of the places you should visit. While the spring guide revisits previously reviewed eateries, the fall version features his top picks for the best of the best.
So who's in? Who's out? Who gained stars, and who lost them? With more than 50 restaurants in this year's fall guide, there's more data than ever to analyze. Here are some of the more noteworthy observations.
51 star-rated restaurants in this year's fall guide, compared to 37 in 2015. (One in this year's fall guide, Sweet Home Cafe, hasn't been rated yet. Peter Chang's two locations are counted individually.)
16 restaurants returning from last year's fall guide: Bread Furst, Clarity, Fiola Mare, Inn at Little Washington, Jaleo, Komi, Le Diplomate, Little Serow, Maketto, Masseria, Minibar, Rasika, Rasika West End, Rose's Luxury, Volt, Woodberry Kitchen.
21 restaurants from 2015 that didn't make this year's guide: Bistrot Lepic, B Side, Barrel & Crow, Beefsteak, Bete Ethiopian Cuisine, Cuba de Ayer, DCity Smokehouse, G by Mike Isabella, Garrison, the Grill Room, Izakaya Seki, Kapnos Taverna, La Limena, Marcel's, Mintwood Place, Obelisk, Preserve, Purple Patch, the Red Hen, the Riggsby, Villa Mozart.
36 restaurants on this year's list but not last year's: Afghan Bistro, All-Purpose, Alta Strada, Bad Saint, Banh Mi DC Sandwich, Bantam King, Bindaas, Centrolina, Compass Rose, Conosci, Convivial, the Dabney, Del Campo, Drift on 7th, Eatbar, Estadio, Field & Main, Fiola, Hazel, Indique, Kapnos Kouzina, Kinship, Kyirisan, La Cuchara, Métier, Nopa Kitchen + Bar, Peter Chang Arlington and Rockville, Pineapple and Pearls, Proof, Red Truck Bakery, the Source, Sushi Taro, Sweet Home Cafe, Tail Up Goat, Zaytinya.
4 restaurants from last year's Top 10 didn't make this year's guide: G by Mike Isabella, Garrison, the Grill Room and the Riggsby.
6 4-star "superlative" reviews: Inn at Little Washington, Komi, Little Serow, Minibar, Pineapple and Pearls and Rasika (Penn Quarter). All are repeats from 2015, except for Pineapple and Pearls, which opened this year.
11 restaurants maintained the same star rating: Clarity, Fiola Mare, Inn at Little Washington, Jaleo, Komi, Little Serow, Maketto, Masseria, Minibar, Rasika and Woodberry Kitchen.
1 restaurant saw an increase in rating: Le Diplomate, from 2 1/2 stars to 3 stars.
4 restaurants saw a decline in star rating: Bread Furst, Rose's Luxury, Rasika West End and Volt.
1 restaurant was knocked back from 4 stars since last year: Rose's Luxury (now at 3 1/2 stars).
1 chef has two 4-star reviews: Johnny Monis, whose Komi and Little Serow were both among Sietsema's Top 10.
15 restaurants that opened in 2016: All-Purpose, Alta Strada, Bantam King, Bindaas, Conosci, Drift on 7th, Eatbar, Field & Main, Hazel, Kapnos Kouzina, Kyirisan, Métier, Pineapple and Pearls, Sweet Home Cafe, Tail Up Goat.
10 chefs, restaurateurs and restaurant groups with multiple locations in the guide: Johnny Monis (Komi, Little Serow), José Andrés (Jaleo, Minibar, Zaytinya), Aaron Silverman (Pineapple and Pearls, Rose's Luxury), Fabio Trabocchi (Fiola, Fiola Mare), Michael Schlow (Alta Strada, Conosci), Eric Ziebold (Kinship, Métier), Ashok Bajaj (Bindaas, Nopa Kitchen + Bar, Rasika, Rasika West End), Michael Babin/Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Eatbar, Hazel), Fat Baby Inc. from the late Mark Kuller (Estadio, Proof), Peter Chang (Peter Chang Arlington and Rockville).
8 restaurants in Shaw: All-Purpose, Convivial, the Dabney, Drift on 7th, Hazel, Kinship, Kyirisan, Métier.
84 decibels: the noise level at this year's loudest restaurant, Bindaas.
53 decibels: the noise level at this year's quietest restaurant, the Inn at Little Washington.