Andrew Zimmer
Burger & Lobster
Rossopomodoro
Takumi Taco
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Adalya
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
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1. Tijuana Picnic 151 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

From the team behind Acme and Indochine, Tijuana Picnic focuses on Asian-inflected Mexican eats, like galangal-marinated chicken tacos (w/ guacamole, scallion, and chicken chicharron) and family style pork chop, marinated in coconut milk and served with a Thai spice chimichurri.

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2. Threes Brewing 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Gowanus)

Threes Brewing is a state-of-the-art brewing facility in Gowanus boasting a restaurant -- helmed by the guys from The Meat Hook -- and a Ninth Street Espresso outpost. Greg Doroski and his team consistently top critics' picks lists with some of the best beers in New York State state, focusing on farmhouse styles. Beers like Hereyago and Superf*ckingyawn show a great balance between a malty backbone, blended hop character, and finishing bitterness.

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3. Mu Ramen 1209 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101 (Long Island City)

What started in the back of a bagel shop in Queens has become a molten-lava-hot spot. Expect top-notch ramen like the namesake Mu Ramen, with an oxtail and bone marrow-based broth, brisket, a half sour pickle, menma, cabbage, and scallions, plus delicious non-ramen touches like deep-fried chicken wings stuffed with foie and brioche.

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4. Momofuku Ko 8 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The fanciest and hardest-to-get table in the Momofuku empire is tasting menu-ing it up in a larger space in Extra Place alley.

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5. Burger & Lobster 39 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011 (Flatiron)

They serve burgers and lobsters, that’s it. Seriously.

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6. The Bourgeois Pig 124 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

After it's EV location closed, this second Bourgeois Pig opened with a completely refreshed menu, filled with s’mores fondue and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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7. Rossopomodoro 118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

What started out as a pizza counter inside Eataly is now a full-service Italian restaurant in the West Village. Rossopomodoro is known for its soft but charred Neapolitan-style pizzas, which emerge hot and fluffy from the gold-tiled wood-burning oven in a matter of minutes. A host of elegant pastas, including sea urchin linguine and tagliatelle Bolognese, round out the menu, as do cocktails with distinctly Italian ingredients like Aperol, Campari, and limoncello. The corner restaurant is surprisingly large with four separate dining rooms and a bar area, and luckily, the atmosphere is nowhere near as tourist-ridden as its Flatiron parent.

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8. Mission Chinese Food 171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The New York outpost of Danny Bowien's buzzy Chinese restaurant had a shaky start in the city -- after opening on Orchard Street in 2012, the restaurant closed down due to landlord issues and relocated to East Broadway. The Lower East Side spot is a destination for trendy and original Chinese food, far different from what you'll find at the family-owned banquet halls in Chinatown. Some dishes are spicy Szechuan, but for the most part, the menu draws from all over China and just about everywhere else (there's pizza on the menu). Make sure you get the fried rice, it's unbelievable.

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9. Takumi 601 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

The golden age of upscale food courts is evident more than ever at Takumi in Chelsea Market. In this first permanent location, Takumi is rolling out burritos, tacos, and bento boxes that can be washed down with a selection of brews.

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10. Eugene & Co 397 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Bed Stuy)

With a chef on hand from Le Bernardin and Mary’s Fish Camp, this Brooklyn spot fills a low lit, black brick walled, intimate space with hot-right-now stuff like roasted Brussels sprouts, a meatloaf sandwich, a negroni, and a braised short rib.

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11. Adalya 55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Adalya is a gorgeous spot on Irving Place to swing by for some Mediterranean Turkish plates, like octopus with black garbanzos, English peas, and manzanilla reduction; a series of flatbreads loaded with braised lamb, hedgehog mushrooms, feta, and zaatar; or bigger plates like duck breast with couscous, leeks, and golden raisins.

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12. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong 1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016 (Korea Town)

The family-style dining of Korean BBQ -- shareable plates and interactive atmosphere -- is always ideal for large groups, and Kang Ho Dong is no exception. Founded by comedian and wrestler Kang Ho Dong, this South Korean chain's Koreatown location delivers an authentic KBBQ experience, starting with the banchan -- small side dishes -- served as soon as you take a seat. We recommend the Beef Combo: nibble on kimchi and steamed eggs while you throw the sliced brisket, prime rib, and short rib on your tableside grill. Sojo cocktails -- a yogurt and Sprite option is a classic -- and beer finish off the meal.

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13. Red Stixs 216 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown)

After opening out East in Southampton, this upscale Beijing-style joint has done it again in the city and brought its seven-pound tableside-carved Peking duck, soup dumplings, salt & pepper prawns for two, Maine lobster rolls, and hand-pulled noodles with it.