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    • 10 Downing

      10 Downing Street, nr. Sixth Ave.

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      A New American corner-spot brasserie that focuses on both trend and taste.

    • 15 East

      15 E. 15th St., nr. Union Square W.

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      • 15 East
      • Soothing Sushi House
      • Union Square
      • $$$

      A sleek and soothing upscale sushi house offering tasty fish in a zen-like environment.

    • A Voce

      41 Madison Ave., nr. 26th St.

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      • A Voce
      • Sophisticated Italian
      • Flatiron
      • $$$

      Mingle with modern-day Mad Men at this sophisticated Italian spot.

    • ABC Kitchen

      ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St., nr. Park Ave. S.

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      Organic eats by Jean-Georges Vongerichten served up at ABC Carpet & Home.

    • Aburiya Kinnosuke

      213 E. 45th St., nr. Third Ave.

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      Experience a truly authentic taste of Tokyo at this sophisticated, offbeat Japanese grill.

    • Alidoro

      105 Sullivan St., nr. Spring St.

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      Tradition and no-nonsense define this tiny shop serving up Manhattan’s best Italian sandwiches.

    • Alta

      64 W. 10th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      • Alta
      • Mediterranean Tapas
      • Greenwich Village
      • $$

      This beautifully rustic Spanish tapas eatery will transport you to the Mediterranean.

    • applewood

      501 11th St., nr. Seventh Ave.

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      Warm Park Slope eatery serving farm-sourced produce.

    • Aquagrill

      210 Spring St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      SoHo seafood hotspot serves up oysters at its world famous raw bar.

    • Aquavit

      65 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave.

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      A modern menu inspired by traditional Scandinavian classics.

    • Aria

      117 Perry St., nr. Greenwich St.

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      • Aria
      • Wine and Tapas Bar
      • West Village
      • $$

      Perpetually jammed wine/tapas bar with to-die-for Venetian meatballs and quirky vinos.

    • Asiate

      Mandarin Oriental, New York, 80 Columbus Cir., 35th Fl., nr. Broadway

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      • Asiate
      • Asian-Influenced American
      • Midtown West
      • $$$$

      The Mandarin Oriental’s crown jewel offers one of the best skyline views in the city.

    • August Restaurant

      359 Bleecker St., nr. Charles St.

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      It feels like home away from home at this rustic country-style bistro.

    • Aureole

      135 W. 42nd St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      • Aureole
      • Sleek American
      • Midtown West
      • $$$$

      Dazzling food and a dizzying selection of wines bring sophistication to Times Square.

    • Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca

      110 Waverly Pl., nr. Washington Square W.

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      A Mario Batali favorite, with a killer pasta tasting menu.

    • Back Forty

      190 Ave. B, nr. E. 12th St.

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      Simple, sustainable fare fits the comforting, homey ambiance at this casual restaurant.

    • Balthazar

      80 Spring St., nr. Crosby St.

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      A '40s-style Parisian brasserie whose rich, authentic atmosphere draws mobs.

    • Bar Boulud

      1900 Broadway, nr. W. 64th St.

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      This wine cellar-inspired French eatery caters to foodies and Lincoln Center goers.

    • Bar Pitti

      268 Sixth Ave., nr. Bleecker St.

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      Casual yet celeb-infused Tuscan café known for its homemade pasta and sidewalk seating.

    • Barbuto

      775 Washington St., nr. W. 12th St.

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      Green market ingredients get the Italian treatment by Jonathan Waxman in this garage-turned-bistro.

    • Benoit

      60 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      • Benoit
      • French Bistro
      • Midtown West
      • $$$

      Antiques and a bit of Paris bistro nostalgia add to this restaurant’s Old World ambiance.

    • Bice New York

      7 E. 54th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

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      Business diners dig the classy vibes and exquisite plates at this Milanese export.

    • Billy’s Bakery

      184 Ninth Ave., nr. W. 21st St.

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      New Yorkers have a sweet spot for the renowned cupcakes at this ‘40s-themed bakeshop.

    • Blaue Gans

      139 Duane St., nr. W. Broadway

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      This casual interpretation of an Austro-German gastropub is modest yet artsy.

    • BLT Fish

      21 W. 17th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

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      Fish lovers indulge at this refined seafood eatery, which serves dressed whole fish by the pound.

    • BLT Prime

      111 E. 22nd St., nr. Park Ave. S.

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      This informal yet sophisticated Gramercy meat house extends the BLT legacy.

    • BLT Steak

      106 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave.

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      This Midtown steakhouse brings polish to traditional carnivorous cuisine.

    • Blue Hill

      75 Washington Pl., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      American dishes cooked with ingredients coming straight from its proprietary Hudson Valley farm.

    • Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen

      35 Downing Street, nr. Bedford St.

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      This quirky West Village brunch spot promises something for everyone.

    • Blue Ribbon Sushi

      119 Sullivan St., nr. Prince St.

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      This beautiful, wood-canopied sushi house serves fish from three oceans.

    • Blue Water Grill

      31 Union Square West, nr. E. 16th St.

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      This airy seafood restaurant housed in a former bank is a Union Square favorite.

    • Bluebird Coffee Shop

      72 E. 1st St., nr. First Ave.

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      Pint-sized neighborhood spot perfect for a quick, hip coffee break.

    • Boat Basin Café

      W. 79th St., nr. Henry Hudson Pkwy.

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      Locals dig this spot’s fun-loving atmosphere, not to mention the river views and great grill fare.

    • BOBO

      181 W. 10th St., nr. Seventh Ave.

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      • BOBO
      • French
      • West Village
      • $$

      A West Village brownstone bistro that combines romantic elegance with New York vibrancy.

    • Bonsignour

      35 Jane St., nr. Eighth Ave.

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      Classic West Village spot where locals come to snag a coffee and catch up with a neighbor.

    • Boqueria

      53 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      This bustling Spanish resto serves fantastic small and large plates perfect for groups.

    • Bottega del Vino

      7 E. 59th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

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      From Veronese fare to wine cellar, this restaurant is a pure Italian import.

    • Bouley

      163 Duane St., nr. Hudson St.

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      • Bouley
      • Fresh Elegance
      • Tribeca
      • $$$$

      This inviting restaurant from chef David Bouley promises plates to tempt both eyes and palate.

    • Brasserie

      100 E. 53rd St., nr. Park Ave.

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      Futuristic meets retro at this Midtown brasserie that puts a fun, casual spin on the power lunch.

    • Bubby’s

      120 Hudson St., nr. N. Moore St.

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      The enormous breakfasts here are the quintessence of American comfort food.

    • Buddakan

      Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., nr. W. 16th St.

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      Oversized chandeliers and towering ceilings define this mansion of a restaurant.

    • Burger Joint

      Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      Le Parker Meridien’s famed and funky hole-in-the-wall burger joint is a true find.

    • Café Boulud

      20 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave.

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      Go for wine and superb fare at this austere Boulud venture.

    • Café Cluny

      284 W. 12th St., nr. W. 4th St.

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      Pleasingly unpretentious West Village bistro perfect for brunch with friends.

    • Café D’Alsace

      1695 Second Ave., nr. E. 88th St.

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      A colorful glass bottle display crowns this Alsacian-themed French bistro.

    • Café Evergreen

      1288 First Ave., nr. E. 69th St.

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      Clean and classy vibes set this Upper East dim sum gem apart from its Chinatown competitors.

    • Caracas Arepa Bar

      93 1/2 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.

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      This small eatery serves a fresh spin on traditional stuffed arepas.

    • Casa

      72 Bedford St., at Commerce St.

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      • Casa
      • Brazilian Comfort
      • West Village
      • $$

      Rustic West Village gem serving home-style Brazilian cooking.

    • Casa Mono

      52 Irving Pl., nr. E. 17th St.

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      • Casa Mono
      • Michelin-starred Spanish
      • Union Square
      • $$

      Mario Batali’s take on Spanish tapas, served in tight, buzzing quarters with an open kitchen.

    • Centro Vinoteca

      74 Seventh Ave. S., at Bleecker St.

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      This modern black-and-white resto gives a new perspective on Italian classics.

    • Chelsea Market

      75 Ninth Ave., btwn. W. 15th St. and W. 16th St.

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      19th century cookie factory turned gourmet market.

    • Ciao Bella Gelato

      285 Mott St., nr. Houston St.

      Nolita

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      The creamy, unique flavors at this gelateria have earned it fans nationwide.

    • Citarella

      2135 Broadway, at W. 75th St.

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      This famous gourmet grocer houses one of the best fish markets in New York.

    • Community Food & Juice

      2893 Broadway, nr. W. 113th St.

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      The trek to Morningside Heights is worth it for this organic American fare.

    • Corner Bistro

      331 W. 4th St., nr. Jane St.

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      A village landmark since 1961, this corner tavern serves one of the best burgers in town.

    • Craft

      43 E. 19th St., nr. Park Ave. S.

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      • Craft
      • New American
      • Flatiron
      • $$$

      Simple ingredients shine at Tom Colicchio’s legendary restaurant.

    • Craftbar

      900 Broadway, nr. 20th St.

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      The trendy Midtown crowd packs in after work for low-key bites from celeb chef Tom Colicchio.

    • Daniel’s Bagels

      569 Third Ave., nr. 37th St.

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      Classic New York bagels with a perfect chewy texture.

    • db Bistro Moderne

      55 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      Daniel Boulud’s lofty bistro serves American-infused fare to a lively theater crowd.

    • DBGB Kitchen & Bar

      299 Bowery, nr. E. Houston St.

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      Industrial-chic Boulud venture dishing up gourmet comfort food.

    • Dean & DeLuca

      560 Broadway, at Prince St.

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      Shop at this gourmet grocer for superior fresh produce and eats.

    • Del Posto

      85 Tenth Ave., nr. W. 15th St.

      New York

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      The Batali-Bastianich team do special occasion Italian in a grand, opulent space.

    • Dovetail

      103 W. 77th St., nr. Columbus Ave.

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      • Dovetail
      • Sophisticated American
      • Upper West Side
      • $$$

      Updated American classics are served in a minimalist Upper West Side townhouse.

    • EAT

      1064 Madison Ave., nr. E. 80th St.

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      • EAT
      • Upscale Deli
      • Upper East Side
      • $$

      It may be pricey, but the fresh breads remain irresistible at Eli Zabar’s Upper East Side deli.

    • Eataly – La Pizza & La Pasta

      200 Fifth Ave., nr. 23rd St.

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      Perpetually jammed pizza/pasta place in Batali and Bastianich’s massive Italian food hall.

    • El Quinto Pino

      401 W. 24th St., at Ninth Ave.

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      Enjoy perfect pre-dinner plates and frozen cocktails at this petite, playful tapas bar.

    • Eleven Madison Park

      11 Madison Ave., at E. 24th St.

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      Lofty design and culinary mastery make this Michelin-starred resto one of the city’s finest.

    • EN Japanese Brasserie

      435 Hudson St., nr. Leroy St.

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      Traditional Japanese cuisine in an airy, Zen space.

    • Estiatorio Milos

      125 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      Polished Greek restaurant with an impressively well stocked choose-your-own fish bar.

    • Fanelli Café

      94 Prince St., at Mercer St.

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      This great-for-a-casual-meal pub is the second oldest bar in the city.

    • Fatty Crab

      643 Hudson St., nr. Horatio St.

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      Foodies crowd into the cramped quarters for plates of messy, spicy street fare.

    • Felidia

      243 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave.

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      • Felidia
      • Refined Italian
      • Midtown East
      • $$$

      TV chef Lidia Bastianich’s restaurant serves sumptuous Italian fare in an elegant townhouse.

    • Felix

      340 W. Broadway, at Grand St.

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      • Felix
      • Franco-Brazilian Brasserie
      • SoHo
      • $$$

      This chic bistro is a weekend brunch must for the über-trendy and Euro-hip.

    • Fishtail by David Burke

      135 E. 62nd St., nr. Lexington Ave.

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      David Burke’s vision transforms this Uptown townhouse into a delectable, eye-popping seafood spot.

    • Freemans

      End of Freeman Alley, off Rivington St.

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      • Freemans
      • American Tavern
      • Lower East Side
      • $$

      This rustic tavern is an LES hotspot for the funky and hip.

    • Gari

      370 Columbus Ave., nr. W. 78th St.

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      • Gari
      • Sushi
      • Upper West Side
      • $$

      The chef’s omakase shines at this West Side sushi studio.

    • Gemma

      The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, nr. E. 3rd St.

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      • Gemma
      • Fashionable Italian
      • Lower East Side
      • $$

      Buzzing, dark, and rustic see-and-be-seen Italian eatery in The Bowery Hotel.

    • Gotham Bar and Grill

      12 E. 12th St., nr. University Pl.

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      Classic American food from notable NYC chef Alfred Portale.

    • Gramercy Tavern

      42 E. 20th St., nr. Park Ave.

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      An upscale American tavern with a touch of New York.

    • Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

      Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., at Park Ave.

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      Dine on fresh seafood under the legendary vaulted ceiling of this Manhattan landmark.

    • Grand Sichuan

      368 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave.

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      This Chinese chain earns fans with its dependably top-quality spicy fare.

    • Grimaldi’s

      1 Front St., at Brooklyn Bridge

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      Classic thin-crusted Brooklyn pies make this pizza parlor one of New York’s best.

    • Hearth

      403 E. 12th St., at First Ave.

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      • Hearth
      • Tuscan-American Comfort
      • East Village
      • $$$

      Warm, hospitable East Village spot with seasonal eats and cozy surrounds.

    • Hill Country

      30 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      Slow-cooked barbecue pairs well with live country music at this Texas-style joint.

    • Il Buco

      47 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.

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      • Il Buco
      • Mediterranean Enoteca
      • East Village
      • $$

      Artisanal Italian ingredients shine at this romantically rustic restaurant.

    • Il Mulino

      86 West 3rd St., nr. Thompson St.

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      Expect Upper East Side-style elegance at this traditional Italian spot in Greenwich Village.

    • ilili

      236 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St.

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      • ilili
      • Stylish Lebanese
      • Flatiron
      • $$

      A sultry Lebanese restaurant in a lofty, romantic setting.

    • inoteca

      98 Rivington St., at Ludlow St.

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      • inoteca
      • Italian Tapas
      • Lower East Side
      • $$

      This hip LES eatery offers Italian small plates and a stellar wine list.

    • Ippudo NY

      65 Fourth Ave., nr. E. 10th St.

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      A world-renowned Japanese ramen joint famous for its tonkotsu broth.

    • J.G. Melon

      1291 Third Ave., nr. E. 74th St.

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      This legendary burger joint is an Upper East Side institution.

    • Jean Georges

      1 Central Park W., nr. 61st St.

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      An exquisitely elegant restaurant offering delicate flavors and Central Park views.

    • Jewel Bako

      239 E. 5th St., nr. Bowery

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      Pristine seafood is served with grace and poise in this Michelin-starred Village “jewel box.”

    • Joe The Art of Coffee

      141 Waverly Pl., nr. Gay Pl.

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      This boutique café tops great espresso with sought-after latte art.

    • JoJo

      160 E. 64th St., nr. Lexington Ave.

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      • JoJo
      • French
      • Upper East Side
      • $$$

      Manhattan artsy types pack in at this lush Jean Georges venture.

    • Katz’s Delicatessen

      205 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.

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      The oldest delicatessen in New York City and home of our favorite pastrami.

    • Kava Cafe

      803 Washington St., nr. Horatio St.

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      Make like the local hipsters and Euro-expats and sip hot rod espresso brews at this glam coffee bar.

    • Kefi

      505 Columbus Ave., nr. 85th St.

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      • Kefi
      • Greek Taverna
      • Upper West Side
      • $$

      A traditional Greek eatery down to the blue-and-white stucco walls and mosaics.

    • Kittichai

      60 Thompson Hotel, 60 Thompson St., nr. Broome St.

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      Chic design and colorful touches make this Michelin-starred Thai restaurant one of SoHo’s hippest.

    • Koi

      Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

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      • Koi
      • Japanese Fusion
      • Midtown West
      • $$$

      This Japanese fusion den doesn’t quite live up to its LA sibling, but still serves a mean crispy rice.

    • Kurumazushi

      7 E. 47th St., 2nd Fl., nr. Fifth Ave.

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      A venerable sushi bar whose head chef cuts no corners to serve the absolute best in the business.

    • Kyo Ya

      94 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave

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      • Kyo Ya
      • Japanese Kaiseki
      • East Village
      • $$$

      This tucked-away haven has made a name for itself with artful arrangements of traditional Japanese cuisine.

    • La Esquina

      114 Kenmare St., at Lafayette St.

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      This exclusive spot seduces with potent margaritas and melt-in-your-mouth Mexican eats.

    • Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon

      Inn at Irving Place, 56 Irving Pl., nr. E. 17th St.

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      Five-course high teas served in a romantic Victorian-era brownstone parlor.

    • Land Thai Kitchen

      450 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 81 St.

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      Funky, pint-sized Thai joint serving up eats by Thai-born chef David Bank.

    • Landmarc

      10 Columbus Cir., 3rd Fl., at W. 60th St.

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      • Landmarc
      • American Bistro
      • Columbus Circle
      • $$

      Airy, industrial Columbus Circle restaurant known for affordable wine and solid American fare.

    • Le Bernardin

      155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave.

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      Influential French seafood restaurant that’s a landmark on the Manhattan scene.

    • Le Bilboquet

      25 E. 63rd St., nr. Madison Ave.

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      This tiny bistro attracts a festive Upper East Side set with its inventive fare.

    • Le Cirque

      151 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave.

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      Prepare to empty your wallet and be wowed by theatrics at this haute French restaurant.

    • Lederhosen

      39 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St.

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      This authentic brauhaus serves cheap beer and German bites in a party-loving atmosphere.

    • Locanda Verde

      Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., nr. N. Moore St.

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      Stylish types pack in for Italian comfort food at this Tribeca eatery from Robert DeNiro.

    • Lombardi's Pizza

      32 Spring St., nr. Mott St.

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      New York pizzeria whose pies have been feeding locals and tourists since 1905.

    • Lupa Osteria Romana

      170 Thompson St., nr. Houston St.

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      A rustic Italian osteria whose humble flair and rich flavors make it a Village favorite.

    • Lure Fishbar

      142 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.

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      A subterranean fish house decked out like a lavish yacht.

    • Má Pêche

      Chambers Hotel, 15 W. 56th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

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      This chichi-yet-understated spot brings Momofuku’s signature Asian flair to Midtown.

    • Magnolia Bakery

      401 Bleecker St., nr. W. 11th St.

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      NY

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      Local Gems

      true

      A busy bakery serving cute-as-a-button homemade treats.

    • Maialino

      Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., nr. E. 21st St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      A sophisticated Danny Meyer venture in the posh Gramercy Park Hotel.

    • Marea

      240 Central Park S., nr. Broadway

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      true

      • Marea
      • Italian Seafood
      • Upper West Side
      • $$$$

      This luxe, seafood-focused restaurant offers old-school formal dining in a modern setting.

    • Mary’s Fish Camp

      64 Charles St., nr. W. 4th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Beachside real estate is all that’s missing from this charming fish house.

    • Menchanko-Tei

      131 E. 45th St., nr. Lexington Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This Japanese joint is an inexpensive and popular lunch spot for the business set.

    • Michael’s

      24 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      A seafood-focused hotspot favored by schmoozing media tycoons and people-watchers.

    • momofuku ko

      163 First Ave., nr. E. 10th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Your life’s greatest accomplishment may just be securing a seat at this legendary 12-seat restaurant.

    • momofuku noodle

      171 First Ave., nr. E. 11th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Foodies pack in for the ramen and porky barbecue fare at this narrow noodle nook.

    • momofuku ssäm bar

      207 Second Ave., nr. E. 13th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      David Chang’s Momofuku chain continues with this pork-centric bar.

    • Morandi

      211 Waverly Pl., at Seventh Ave. S.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Morandi
      • Italian Trattoria
      • West Village
      • $$$

      Keith McNally’s foray into Italian cuisine yields winning small plates.

    • Morimoto

      88 10th Ave., nr. W. 16th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      This dramatically chic restaurant boasts high design, innovative food, and an "Iron Chef."

    • Mr. Chow

      121 Hudson St., nr. N. Moore St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Downtown outpost of Mr. Chow, a franchise most famous for its glamorous scene.

    • Nha Trang

      87 Baxter St., nr. Walker St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Quality Vietnamese food amid the chaos of Chinatown.

    • Nobu 57

      40 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      This dark, design-centric spot brings the drama of Matsuhisa’s famous fare to the Midtown set.

    • Nobu New York

      105 Hudson St., nr. Franklin St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      true

      This Michelin-starred Peruvian-Japanese restaurant offers great laidback scene.

    • Nobu Next Door

      105 Hudson St., nr. Franklin St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      This more casual version of Nobu offers the same quality and stylish vibes.

    • Norma’s

      118 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      true

      A popular brunch spot serving indulgent New American breakfast fare.

    • Nougatine

      Trump International Hotel & Tower, 1 Central Park W. at Columbus Cir.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Jean Georges fare at a fraction of the cost and without the fuss.

    • Omai

      158 Ninth Ave., nr. 19th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Omai
      • Chic Vietnamese
      • Chelsea
      • $$

      Stylish, upscale spin on a delicate Southeast Asian cuisine.

    • Oms/b

      156 E. 45th St., nr. Third Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      • Oms/b
      • Japanese Rice Balls
      • Midtown East
      • $

      This teeny tiny neighborhood gem stocks flavorful rice balls and other treats.

    • Oriental Garden

      14 Elizabeth St., nr. Bayard St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Though it’s crowded and raucous, locals and tourists continue to pack in for the great seafood and dim sum.

    • Ouest

      2315 Broadway, nr. W. 84th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Ouest
      • French/American
      • Upper West Side
      • $$$

      This classy bistro shows the sophisticated side of the Upper West Side.

    • Pastis

      9 Ninth Ave., at Little W. 12th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Pastis
      • French Brasserie
      • Meatpacking District
      • $$$

      A bustling brasserie serving up French comfort food to the style set.

    • Pearl Oyster Bar

      18 Cornelia St., nr. Bleecker St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      A cozy, popular fish house that offers some of the best seafood in the city.

    • Peasant

      194 Elizabeth St., nr. Spring St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Rural Italy meets Downtown chic in this romantic dinner restaurant.

    • Peking Duck House

      28 Mott St., nr. Pell St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      One of the best presentations of Peking duck in Manhattan.

    • Per Se

      Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., 4th Fl., nr. W. 60th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      • Per Se
      • New French/American
      • Upper West Side
      • $$$$

      Thomas Keller’s innovative cuisine served up with spectacular Central Park views.

    • Perry Street

      176 Perry St., nr. West St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Jean-Georges Vongerichten wows yet again at this serene yet stylish spot.

    • Peter Luger

      178 Broadway, nr. Driggs St., Brooklyn

      Brooklyn

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      true

      A legendary steakhouse that’s been serving its famed porterhouse since 1887.

    • Picholine

      35 W. 64th St., nr. Central Park W.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      Modern French cuisine is served with Old World class in this lavish dining room.

    • 31 Cornelia St., nr. W. 4th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      • Cozy Italian
      • West Village
      • $$

      A sweet neighborhood eatery offering rustic Italian cooking at equally sweet prices.

    • Prune

      54 E. 1st St., nr. First Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      • Prune
      • American Bistro
      • East Village
      • $$

      A tiny but charming farmhouse-style bistro serving up stellar brunches.

    • Public

      210 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      • Public
      • Australasian Fusion
      • Nolita
      • $$

      Michelin-starred Australasian bites served tapas-style in an industrial-chic space.

    • Quality Meats

      57 W. 58th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      A butcher shop-inspired, high design steakhouse.

    • Robataya NY

      231 E. 9th St., nr. Second Ave

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Entertaining Japanese restaurant with grill-cooked cuisine and showy chefs.

    • Rosa Mexicano

      61 Columbus Ave., nr. W. 62nd St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      The guacamole and frozen pomegranate margaritas at this colorful Mexican restaurant are legendary.

    • Rouge Tomate

      10 E. 60th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Enjoy seasonal ingredients and high-concept fine dining in this eco-friendly restaurant.

    • Sakagura

      211 E. 43rd St., nr. Third Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This serene, hidden restaurant offers an impressive sake menu.

    • Sant Ambroeus

      259 W. 4th St., nr. Perry St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      A swanky pasticceria and Italian eatery famous for its gelati and focaccia.

    • Sarabeth’s

      423 Amsterdam Ave., nr. W. 80th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Enjoy a traditional American brunch at this charming breakfast café.

    • Sasabune

      401 E. 73rd St., nr. First Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      A small space and strict policies don’t deter the fanatics who pack in for this sushi spot’s omakase.

    • Scarpetta

      355 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Scarpetta
      • Italian Trattoria
      • Meatpacking District
      • $$$

      Simple and stark surrounds complement the chef’s earthy, season-driven dishes.

    • Schiller's Liquor Bar

      131 Rivington St., at Norfolk St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Keith McNally’s trendy bistro draws Downtown crowds with its hip scene and delicious frites.

    • Serafina Fabulous Grill

      160 E. 61st., nr. Madison Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Upper East Siders pack in for the crowd pleasing Italian food at this neighborhood favorite.

    • Shake Shack

      Madison Square Park, Madison Ave., at E. 23rd St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This stand’s burgers, hotdogs, and frozen custard have earned it a cult following.

    • Socarrat

      259 W 19th St., nr. Eighth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Cozy up to your neighbors at the communal table dominating this atmospheric paella bar.

    • Soto

      357 Sixth Ave., nr. Washington Pl.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Soto
      • Sushi
      • West Village
      • $$

      Stark white surrounds allow Chef Kosugi’s inventive sushi to shine.

    • Sparks Steak House

      210 E. 46th St., nr. Third Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      Atmospheric New York steakhouse rich in mobster history.

    • Spice Market

      403 W. 13th St., nr. Ninth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Sexy Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant dishing up spicy street stall cuisine.

    • Stumptown Coffee Roasters

      Ace Hotel, 18 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This outpost of the cult Portland coffee company pairs West Coast brews with vintage Manhattan style.

    • Sugiyama

      251 W. 55th St., nr. Eight Ave

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Prepare to marvel at Nao Sugiyama’s mastery of the Japanese art of kaiseki.

    • Sushi Azabu

      428 Greenwich St., nr. Laight St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Feel like a true connoisseur at this subterranean sushi speakeasy.

    • Sushi Zen

      108 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      A tranquil atmosphere accentuates the focus on chef Suzuki’s sublime sushi.

    • Szechuan Gourmet

      21 W. 39th St., nr. Fifth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      These fiery Sichuan eats attract those with well-developed taste buds.

    • Tamarind

      41-43 E. 22nd St., nr. Park Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      High-end Indian eats that please the upscale neighborhood crowds.

    • Tang Pavilion

      65 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This tasteful restaurant serves Shanghai classics to the upscale Midtown set.

    • Tartine

      253 W. 11th St., at W. 4th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Petite corner bistro with a hip sidewalk scene and decadent fruit tarts.

    • Telepan

      72 W. 69th St., nr. Columbus Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • Telepan
      • American Slow Food
      • Upper West Side
      • $$$

      This townhouse restaurant excels with seasonal farm-fresh fare and an award-winning wine list.

    • The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

      Ace Hotel, 16 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Faux-vintage, meat-focused hotel restaurant from the team behind The Spotted Pig.

    • The Central Park Boathouse

      E. 72nd St. at Park Drive North

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Scenic Manhattan lakeside dining.

    • The Four Seasons

      99 E. 52nd St., nr. Park Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      true

      This luxurious New York classic is a haven for the Park Avenue power set.

    • the little owl

      90 Bedford St., at Grove St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Simple, classic flavors and décor make this tiny bistro an in-demand Village hotspot.

    • The Mermaid Inn

      96 Second Ave., nr. E. 5th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Warm, refined, and pleasingly affordable seafood restaurant.

    • The Modern

      The Museum of Modern Art, 9 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      A vision of design and polish, this restaurant perfectly represents the museum it calls home.

    • The Odeon

      145 W. Broadway, nr. Thomas St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      This legendary brasserie is a mainstay of Tribeca’s style scene.

    • the shop

      Andaz 5th Avenue, 485 Fifth Ave., nr. E. 41st St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Farm-fresh eats from big names make their mark at this sleek, airy “shop.”

    • The Spotted Pig

      314 W. 11th St., nr. Greenwich St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Foodies pack in for the great grub at this legendary Michelin-starred pub.

    • The Standard Grill

      The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St., at W. 13th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      The Standard Hotel’s flagship restaurant draws Manhattan’s fashionable set.

    • The Stanton Social

      99 Stanton St., nr. Orchard St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      This swanky Downtown eatery serves shareable plates in a dark, mood-setting space.

    • Tía Pol

      205 Tenth Ave.. nr. W. 23rd St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Tiny, crowded Madrid-style tapas bar serving authentic Spanish bites.

    • Tomoe Sushi

      172 Thompson St., nr. Houston St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Famously large portions of reasonably priced sashimi make this a sushi mecca.

    • Tortilla Flats

      767 Washington St., nr. W. 12th St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This kitsch, colorful spot throbs with fun-loving friends throwing back margaritas.

    • Union Square Cafe

      21 E. 16th St., nr. Union Square W.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      Hearty food and warm hospitality keep Danny Meyer’s original restaurant a Manhattan favorite.

    • Ushiwakamaru

      136 W. Houston St., nr. Sullivan St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This affordable, quality sushi den has thankfully managed to stay under the radar.

    • Via Quadronno

      25 E. 73rd St., nr. Madison Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      This chic panini bar serves one of the best cappuccinos in town.

    • Wallsé

      344 W. 11th St., nr. Washington St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      true

      Chic yet classic Viennese venue known for its fine art and Austrian-inspired cuisine.

    • wd-50

      50 Clinton St., nr. Stanton St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Current

      • wd-50
      • New American
      • Lower East Side
      • $$$

      wd-50 offers one of the most inventive and innovative dinner menus in the country.

    • Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

      4 Park Ave., at E. 33rd St.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Formal

      Wolfgang Zwiener’s four decades of experience shows at this swanky steakhouse.

    • Yakitori Totto

      251 W. 55th St., nr. Eighth Ave.

      New York

      NY

      Restaurant

      Local Gems

      Meat lovers pack in for the traditional grilled-to-perfection skewers.

    In the film New York, I Love You, when speaking about immigrants to the Big Apple, Julie Christie's character quips, "That’s one of the things I love best about New York. Everyone came from somewhere else." We couldn't agree more, especially when we get to enjoy that diversity on the plate. Over the centuries, each new wave of newcomers has brought their distinctive cuisine to New York's doorstep, resulting in a motley crew of imported fare that's incredibly regionally specific. It's a town where you don't just go out for Chinese, Spanish, African, or Italian food–you go out expressly for Sichuan, Basque, Senegalese, or Sardinian.

    The sheer diversity of cuisine here can make choosing a restaurant as dizzying as it must have been to navigate the throng of new arrivals at Ellis Island. If you know where to go, though, you can have just as great of a meal at a corner neighborhood spot as in the most refined dining room. What varies is the dining experience, ushering you into polished luxury, white-hot trendiness, or neighborhood conviviality.

    Just as immigrants have come here seeking opportunity, so too have the most talented chefs, who flock here to make bold, high-profile culinary statements. Chef David Bouley cooks up all-natural, seasonal fare at his namesake Bouley, where the warm décor and dishes lend a down-home feel to the elegance. French chef (and Top Chef judge) Eric Ripert also manages to preserve a measure of quaintness on the plate at his seafood venture Le Bernardin; though it's ensconced in a Midtown office tower with modern décor, the artful dishes transport you to a small French fishing village. Fellow Frenchman Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings romance to the Trump Tower locale of his Jean Georges restaurant with gorgeously presented, Asian-inflected French cuisine and sweeping Central Park views. Thomas Keller also exploits those views at Per Se, where stone and wood detailing adds an earthy backdrop to lavish French/New American dishes.

    Then there are those elite few restaurants whose all-around excellence has made them "native" New York institutions. Since 1959, the chefs at The Four Seasons (no relation to the hotel chain, BTW) have been dishing up traditional American cuisine like crisp-skinned duck to the power-player set. The big-top décor at refined-French Le Cirque (open since 1974) adds a touch of whimsy to the well-coiffed atmosphere, in which crisp waitstaff glide about with platters of foie gras ravioli and crème brûlée. The newcomer in this set is institution-in-the-making Marea (opened in 2009), specializing in sumptuous Italian seafood–delicacies like sea urchin and octopus are flown in from far-flung sources.

    Considering the constant waves of newcomers to New York, space is always at a premium, and a seat at one of the town's trendiest eateries is often one of the hottest properties. If you're feeling lucky, you might want to throw your hat in the ring at Momofuku Ko, where on any given day over 1,000 people vie online for a reservation for one of the 12 (yes 12!) seats to sample chef David Chang's Japanese/Korean fusion. Seats are similarly scarce at Mario Batali's Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, where you'll likely wait up to a month for a shot at the chef's divine pasta tasting menu. And don't be surprised if you have to take a place in line behind the likes of Natalie Portman or Beyoncé and Jay-Z to snag a table at chic French bistro Pastis, where celebs and stylish locals pile in for the vintage Parisian stylings and steak frites.

    But if you want to put trendy aside for more casual eats, you'll be best served at neighborhood faves that preserve the original cuisines and spirit of 19th and early 20th century immigrants that shaped the city. What could be more quintessentially New York than pastrami on rye at Katz's Delicatessen? The Lower East Side eatery–the oldest deli in New York–keeps the Yiddish culture of the area's Eastern European émigrés alive with every hand-cut slice. On the Italian tip, Grimaldi's in Brooklyn does New York-style thin crust pizza to cheesy perfection–but be prepared for epic waits. And Barbuto, housed in a former West Village garage, excels in rustic Italian that would make even a Mulberry Street mamma proud. For real-deal dim sum, head to Oriental Garden, where the kitschy Chinatown interior and gruff staff only add to the authenticity of the scrumptious bites on offer. Get your Japanese fix at either Menchanko-Tei, a ramen house popular with the business set, or Sushi Azabu, a hidden sushi speakeasy.

    After this taste-bud-driven romp through the world, you might just be craving some familiar American comfort fare. At landmark burger joint J.G. Melon, there are absolutely no frills in décor, toppings, or service, yet the (arguably) best-in-town burgers and cottage fried potatoes have a cult following. When the weather's nice, brave the lines (seriously: lunchtime waits can up be up to two hours) at retro-chic Shake Shack for its crave-worthy burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custard. End it all on a sweet note at Magnolia Bakery, known for its just-like-grandma's banana pudding and cupcakes (as well as its cameos in Sex and The City).

    And finally, this being the city that never sleeps, you'll of course want to know where to go for the best coffee fix. Pint-sized Bluebird Coffee Shop updates the boho coffeehouse culture of the East Village with hot-rod espresso machines and skinny-jeaned baristas. For a more luxuriant experience, head over to Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the the Ace Hotel New York, where you can settle into the deep sofas in the lobby with a gorgeous coffee drink (latte foam art!) and PBJ donut. The baristas may channel classic New York with 1920s newsboy caps and ties, but the coffee chain itself started in Portland. It's just another fine example of New York taking the very best of what the world has to offer, adding its own unique spin, and making it its own.

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