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1. Dominique Ansel Kitchen 137 7th Ave S, New York City, NY 10014 (West Village)

Known for being king of the cronut, Dominique Ansel's West Village branch mixes sweet and savory. Try the mille feuille or the lemon yuzu butter tart, if you have a sweet tooth. For something more savory, the restaurant offers the fancy squid ink brioche as well as classic garlic mashed potatoes.

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2. Lupulo 835 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001 (Flatiron)

The first thing you notice about Lupulo is how gorgeous it is -- there are blue tile-lined walls, hardwood floors, and a huge U-shaped bar serving craft beer, Portuguese wine, and speciality cocktails until close. The rustic Portuguese restaurant from Chef George Mendes' (the chef behind Michelin-starred Aldea) is inspired by Lisbon's cervejarias (breweries), and though the beer list -- featuring domestic and international varieties -- is obviously excellent, the food is something else. The menu is seafood-heavy with understated but impressive dishes like spicy chicken Piri Piri, squid ink rice with clams and blood sausage, and wood-grilled sardines.

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3. BEC 148 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Here, you can get your hands on all kinds of breakfast sandwiches, including a "fresh take" on the classic bacon, egg, and cheese.

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4. Rosie's 29 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Housed in the bright window-walled corner of 2nd and 2nd, Rosie's centers around a central grill and serves up authentic, regional Mexican dishes like tlacoyo (fava-filled masa cakes), brisket tostadas, Veracruz-style octopus salad, and pork ribs stew with plantain, pineapple, olives, raisins, and almonds. The margaritas are equally worth your attention, particularly the namesake version, which is made with mezcal and serrano-infused tequila.

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5. La Gamelle 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (East Village)

In the space that once housed his Bowery Diner, and then the pop-up/prelude to this restaurant Chez Jef, Mathieu Palombino has now unleashed this French brasserie with all the goods you’d want in something like that, including pot au feu, steak frites, and duck confit with sweet garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom jus, and frisee. Okay, almost all the goods you'd want (sorry, frisee).

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6. Oiji 119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

From two Seoul restaurant scene vets, this intimate East Village spot serves seriously impressive Korean fare. The small plates formats means you can try a little bit of everything, like warm honey butter chips and slow-cooked oxtail and pork belly. You won't really know what you're eating but you won't care because it's so good.

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7. Leyenda 221 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Carroll Gardens)

Julie Reiner -- the mastermind behind Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge -- and her protégé Ivy Mix, bring you Leyenda, a “pan-Latin” cocktail spot that specializes in spirits from Central and South America: mezcal, rum, tequila, pisco, cachaca, sotol, and raicilla. The menu offers both traditional cocktails and creative concoctions that are legendary -- which is what Leyenda translates to in Spanish. Alongside the cocktails, they have standard Latin food on the menu, cooked up by the acclaimed Chef Sue Torres. With its gold tin ceiling adorned with crosses and cathedral-pew booth seating, the decor matches the overall authentic vibe.

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8. Alta Linea 180 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

From the team behind L’Apicio and dell’anima, Alta Linea takes al fresco dining to the next-level in the garden courtyard of the High Line Hotel. The emphasis is on Italian aperitivi, aka pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, so expect an all-Italian wine list, negronis, and aperol spritz. The food menu revolves around small bites like bruschetta, burrata, and grilled vegetables, but there are also a few entrées.

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9. Rose’s 295 Flatbush Ave, New York, NY 11217

In the same space as the former Marco’s, the team that brought you Franny's has now created Rose's, a less Italian and more classic American tavern and cocktail outfit. Simple and excellent cuisine like cheeseburgers, spit-roasted pork, and egg sandwiches are all on offer, and they pair perfectly with inventive takes on traditional cocktails like the Burro of Brooklyn, a Moscow Mule made with house-cured "cranberry moonshine."

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10. Station LIC 10-37 Jackson Ave, New York, NY 11101 (Long Island City)

This trendy neighborhood bar has a vague 20th century train station theme going on that we're totally into. Plus it has a solid casual bar food menu with “secret recipe” meatballs, Cubano mac ’n cheese with roast pork, pickle, and ham, and a “Ponzi” burger with pepper Jack and bacon that you’re supposed to buy for someone else every time you get one. Most. Delicious. Scheme. Ever.

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11. Nowadays 56-06 Cooper Ave, Queens, NY 11385 (Queens)

The DJ team behind Mister Saturday Night (Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin) opened up this HUGE outdoor space just over Bushwick's border in Queens. There's pingpong, good food (for carnivores and vegans alike), beer, wine, sangria, open space... It's basically like being at a backyard party. Except the backyard is huge and more awesome than any backyard you've ever seen.

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12. Wildair 142 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

From Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske of Contra, Wildair is a sophisticated wine bar/eatery featuring polished slate countertops, vintage bottles, cocktails, and artisanal spirits. Get comfortable, grab a seat at one of the high tables, and be sure to order the bread and olive oil, which goes perfectly with the beef tartare complete with smoked cheddar and chestnuts.

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13. Sessanta 60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Sessanta serves up southern Italian food in an impeccably designed space inside the SIXTY Soho Hotel. Look out for well-executed pasta dishes, like a beautifully al dente and tangy spaghetti pomodoro, alongside larger mains like pork chop and branzino. To top off, quartinos of red or white wine, or a weekly sommelier pick, will ensure you have the luxe coastal Italian experience with none of the jetlag.

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14. Fuku 163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

David Chang’s fast-casual chicken sandwich shop features one of the county's best fried bird numbers, featuring chicken thighs brined and marinated in a habanero puree that’s later coated in buttermilk and spices, then fried crispy, and finally, served in a Martin’s potato roll with pickles and house-made butter.

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15. The Four Horsemen 295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

Started by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, this Williamsburg wine bar focuses on all-natural wines, which are produced without the sulfites, extra yeast, and sugars that are commonly added to conventional wines. Fear not if you know little to nothing about natural wine, the Four Horsemen is staffed with knowledgeable servers who will help you navigate the menu and let you taste anything. A focused food menu complements the wine, featuring small plates like cheese & charcuterie plus more dinner-satisfying options like flank steak and potato gnocchi. The Grand St space is small and minimal, with a bar upfront and small tables in the back.

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16. Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co. 189 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This is a very serious pastrami (and just sandwiches in general) operation semi-masquerading as a knickknack shop. They're doing some crazy cool stuff like smoking eels from their live eel tank, cold smoking the shit out of everything else (try the smoked butter and cockles), and curing their own meats.

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17. Noreetuh 128 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Noreetuh is casual in atmosphere but serious in its Hawaiian inspired cuisine. Like the fare you would find on the islands, the menu here is a coming together of Filipino, Japanese and Korean influences, and the result is fantastic.

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18. Grand Army 336 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Take the unpretentious attitude of a neighborhood bar, New York food and drink veterans, a cocktail-and-seafood focused menu, and the result is Grand Army in Boerum Hill. The team, which includes heavy hitters from Prime Meats, Rucola, Mile End, and Alder, delivers a reliable roster of oysters and out-of-this-world cocktails that, unsurprisingly, taste best at happy hour.