As we said last year, you can’t follow the New York food scene without running into Daniel Krieger’s photography everywhere you look. He may not have snapped many of 2013’s media-circus foodstuffs—Cronuts, ramen burgers, and the like—but he was on hand for the biggest moments that restaurant obsessives care about: capturing the craftsmanship and personality of Sushi Nakazawa for its four-star review in the New York Times; shooting many of the beautiful images for one of the year’s best cookbooks, Ivan Ramen; and continuing to document the city’s most-anticipated openings as head photographer for Eater NY.
Krieger also added some new strings to his bow this year. Working with publications like Punch, he proved that drink photography doesn’t have to be boring, even if it lacks the visceral porniness of a juicy burger. And he also became a master of the Instagram realm, bringing us behind-the-scenes images from shoots, traveling the world to capture stunning food and landscapes, and teaching others how to wield their iPhones like a pro.
Here, Krieger shares his favorite food photos of 2013—click through the gallery above to see them all, then check out a supercut featuring some of his best Instagram shots below.