Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Facebook/ Jolly Monk
Mark Bloomgarden
Amen Focus
Instagram/ Egg Shop NYC
Facebook/ 2 Duck Goose
Facebook/ Mighty Quinn's
Miguel Castillo
Facebook/ Lovecraft NYC
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1. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. 114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

At Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., you can expect to find only the highest quality of sustainably sourced seafood. This narrow spot -- awash in white tile and blonde wood with a seating area surrounding a marble bar and open kitchen -- is nothing short of a seafood haven. Head to the market in the front and do some grocery shopping of your own, where you'll find plenty of options on the ice.

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2. Cherry Izakaya 138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Cherry Izakaya is a dual-level contemporary Japanese eatery near the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg with tempting eats like Suntory-glazed short ribs, chorizo-stuffed calamari, and traditional and unusual sushi dishes.

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3. Calle Dão 38 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)

A nod to Havana’s Chinatown in its 1870s heyday, this Chinese-Cuban fusion spot from Chef Humberto Guallpa and owner Marco Britti hits the mark on its weirdly specific historical target with duck empanadas, Peking-style roasted chicken, a goat burger, and whole roasted fish with Jinjua ham and chili bean sauce.

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4. Egg Shop 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

This small NoLita shop reimagines the simple egg in a variety of sandwich, meat, and salad combinations, breaking the humble ingredient out of its breakfast-only role. The menu is seriously creative -- with dishes like "The Beast," which pairs sunny side-up eggs with pulled pork, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup, and cilantro -- and is well-balanced with rich sides like deep-fried hash browns. Though the shop is open all day, we recommend stopping by during daylight hours, when the open-front facade lets you enjoy your sunny side-up in sunny peace.

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5. Balvanera 152 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

In addition to the traditional Argentine focus on lots and lots of meat (skirt steak, strip loin, bone-in rib eye), this spot is making moves to please the veggie lovers out there with a focus on meatless dishes as well, including burrata with grilled peaches and ricotta cavatelli with tomato confit, lava beans, spinach, and fiore sardo cheese.

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6. tuome 536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Asian-influenced contemporary American fare from Thomas Chen, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Commerce. The menu is concise, and broken down into categories like "cold small," "hot small," and "big;" it also features a pork "Pig Out" for two.

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7. The Jolly Monk 701 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

This Hell's Kitchen Belgian pub offers Belgian imports and American craft brews alongside dishes like mussels and frites. It also features TVs airing games, as well as a solid happy hour.

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8. Le Jardin Bistro 115 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

This bi-level French bistro (from the owners of the old Le Jardin in NoLita) has an oyster bar, dining room, and small patio on the first floor, and an open kitchen dining room on the second. The menu features sophisticated classics like Steak Tartare, Coq au Vin, and Pâte de Campagne.

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9. Yonekichi 238A E 9 Street, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

This East Village rice burger stand churns out rice buns with "patty" options like Unagi (BBQ eel, avocado, tempura, and shredded egg crepe) and Ginger Mugi-Fuji (pork shoulder, ginger soy sauce, and lettuce). They also offer a pickle on a stick and a number of seasoned fry varieties.

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10. Lovecraft 50 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

This spooky Alphabet City cocktail den is home to a sultry/freaky vibe, strong drinks, and an eclectic crowd.

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11. 2 Duck Goose 400 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Gowanus)

This Cantonese spot (opened by a native of Hong Kong who trained at the French Culinary Institute) offers a roast duck feast that requires 24 hours notice, serves four/five people, and includes silken tofu, wilted seasonal greens, sour plum compote, and saffron rice, in addition to several versions of char siu, spicy pulled chicken salad with Sichuan peppercorn dressing, and imperial sweet & sour with fried pork chunks and pineapple.

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12. Mighty Quinn's Barbeque 75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

An outpost of the original Mighty Quinn's, this spot is easily accessible for Westsiders, and serves up some of the best BBQ in the city. Pro tip: get the beef rib.

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