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1. Zuma 261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown)

This scene-y, big deal import from our friends in London brought with it izakaya-style Japanese from Chef Rainer Becker and Sushi Chef Kazutoshi Endo and it doles out elaborate rolls and signatures like spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili, and sweet soy.

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2. Hook & Cleaver 68 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)

This spot comes from a chef who’s appeared on Chopped and The Taste and is serving up daily grilled chops to Greenpoint (ranging from T-bone to ribeye), as well as other non-steak offerings like baby back ribs and fried chicken skin.

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3. Morris Sandwich Shop 569 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Crown Heights)

Formerly a food truck slinging bomb grilled cheese sandos, it settled into a brick and mortar where it's doing stuff like the Pollos Hermanos with roasted chicken, blue cheese, hot sauce mayo, and pickled celery on Rustica, and The Bubie, loaded with pastrami rubbed corned beef, charred onion mustard, and raclette.

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4. Santina 820 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 (Chelsea)

From the team behind Dirty French, Torrisi, Carbone, Parm, and ZZ’s Clam Bar, Santina is situated beneath the High Line and is done up to feel like you're at some tiny restaurant on the Italian coast, even though you're in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The space is full of plants, and pastel colors pop from the chandeliers, dishware, and wall art. The food fits the vibe as well -- the menu is almost entirely made up of seafood and vegetables, keeping everything light, fresh, and delicious.

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5. SRO 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (Noho)

It’s a pizza speakeasy from Giulio Adriani. That’s right, a pizza speakeasy. Enter through a “hidden” door in Espoleta Tapas & Wine Bar that reads vacancy or "no vacancy." Except for the margherita and the deep-fried montanara, the pizzas all change daily.

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6. Ramen Lab 70 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

A culinary laboratory devoted to all things ramen, this pint-sized shop in Nolita cranks out creative iterations of the Japanese noodle soup daily. Run in conjunction with Sun Noodle, the company that makes the noodles used at many of the country's ramen shops, Ramen Lab is constantly experimenting with different broths and toppings. Aside from nightly dinner service, it frequently hosts pop-ups and tasting dinners.

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7. Prova 184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Provo has both classic pizzas and new, inventive pies like the Urcina with Pecorino Sardo and sea urchin or the Capricciosa with giro di latte, roasted ham, baby artichokes, olives di Gaeta, and Pecorino Romano.

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8. Coopers Craft Beer & Kitchen 87 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Chelsea)

Expanding beyond their original home on 2nd Ave, this pub brings the same strong beer and bar food game, from soft pretzels with beer cheese, to poutine with cheddar curds and bacon.

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9. Cafe Clover 10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Focused on health and ALSO being delicious, this corner joint worked with a nutritionist to create dishes like cauliflower “steak” with romesco and veggie chutney, roasted oyster with truffle and pickled shallot, and actual, no-air-quotes-necessary steak, with Brussels sprouts and olive oil potato puree.

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10. Hunt & Fish Club 125 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown)

Hoping to give off an old=school glamour vibe, this steak house combines a beautifully glitzy setting with eats like 2 1/2lb lobster with garlic herb butter, cavatelli w/ wild boar ragu, and of course, STEAKS, including a dry-aged bone-in sirloin and a kosher cut boneless ribeye.

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11. Death Ave 317 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

With a 3.5 seasons of the year garden and food like mac 'n saganaki, 8-hour octopus, and a feta burger, this spot probably didn’t even need it’s 1,500sqft brewery to entice you to come, but there it is, enticing the crap out of you.

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12. Pies-n-Thighs 43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Pies-N-Thighs serves exactly what its name suggests. Its signature menu item is the fried chicken box that includes three pieces of fried chicken with a buttermilk biscuit and choice of side -- and the pies on the dessert menu are equally noteworthy. If you're feeling guilty about going into a food coma afterwards, and take comfort in knowing all of the food and meat is certified organic and humanely raised.

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13. Game 248 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Located in the space that used to be home to SNAP, this sports bar has top-notch chefs from Saul offering up pub favorites like baked cheddar dip, short rib and oxtail chili, and a prime beef burger, plus it's equipped with everything you need to get down with whatever games are on.