Russ & Daughters
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Mokbar
The Eddy
Horchata
Andrew Zimmer
Delaware and Hudson
Andrew Zimmer
Bacchanal
Tender
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1. Russ & Daughters Cafe 127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Around the corner from the iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop of the same name, Russ & Daughters Cafe serves everything you love about the original (pastrami-cured salmon, whitefish salad on a bagel, caviar) in a sit-down luncheonette space. Cafe-specific dishes like babka French toast and halvah ice cream cater to the brunch crowd, as do Jewish classics like knishes, latkes, and matzoh ball soup. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, R&D Cafe is proof that Jewish noshes are the perfect anytime food.

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2. Cafe El Presidente 30 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

From the Tacombi team, Cafe El Presidente is a one stop shop for all your Mexican cravings. The Flatiron market-style restaurant sells pastries and coffee (sourced from Mexico) in the morning, quesadillas and spiked juices for lunch, and ice-cold beer and rounds of tacos, from familiar al pastor and carnitas varieties to more unique sweet potato and spicy shrimp ones, all day long. All of the tortillas are made at the in-house tortilleria.

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3. Après 60 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Vegeteble-centric does not equal meat-adverse at this eatery. This means that while the focus of the brasica is on the broccoli, cabbages and turnips, protein sifts through by way of the short rib garnish. A seat at one of eleven seats on the bar will see you imbibing garden-focused cocktails, like a ramps fusion that mixes that vegetable with gin and dry vermouth.

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4. Ivan Ramen 25 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

There’s so much more than noodles to be had at Ivan Orkin’s NYC flagship, especially at lunch when fusion sandwiches like the Herbie’s International (Chinese-style roast pork and Tokyo duck sauce on a toasted miso garlic hero) and pork meatballs make an appearance. But don’t get us wrong, there’s a reason “ramen” is the name of the game: noodle guru Ivan Orkin has fused his Long Island upbringing and Tokyo training with age-old ramen traditions to make original and delicious dishes right here at home. The weekend brunch features a combination of whole-wheat noodles, cheddar broth, crispy bacon and scallion omelet ramen.

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5. The Pavilion 20 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Right around the corner from the Greenmarket, this sexy, French Riviera-inspired spot is an al fresco dining destination worth hitting up. It's drenched in gorgeous chandeliers, lush greenery, and exposes entrees like Blue Maine mussels and fries & roasted chicken with potatoes, and's got strong Summery 'tails to wash it all down.

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6. Claudette 24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Greenwich Village)

This spot with French farmhouse vibes goes part French, part North African, and part Middle Eastern, home to menu items like grilled lamb with za'atar and yogurt vinaigrette. With a James Beard award-winning chef in the back, the space features 200 year-old barnwood floors -- we're sure you can flip that into some sort of first date dinner conversation

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7. Mokbar 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This Korean-style ramen stand in Chelsea Market makes two styles of the noodle soup: "brothy" and "saucy," both of which infuse traditional Korean soups with ramen noodles. The brothy kimchi Jigae -- a kimchee bacon broth topped with braised pork, stewed kimchee, and scallion -- is by far the best bowl on the menu. The thick, bright orange soup tastes and smells pungent (spicy kimchee and smoked bacon are in a league of their own), so for the sake of others, eat your ramen at Mokbar's counter instead of taking it elsewhere in the market. Kimchee fans will find a nice selection of the fermented speciality to take home, as well.

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8. The Eddy 342 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Bacon tater tots are an obvious winner at this restaurant that nods to Italy and seafood dishes. Scallop crudo, grassfed ribeye, and oil-poached salmon are must tries for dinner, but if you're just around to snack, the beef tendon or those tots are the way to go.

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9. Blenheim 283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

We can't tell you exactly what to order at this 45-seat restaurant, named for the owners' farm, because the menu changes daily depending on what is produced on said farm. One day that might mean lamb with roasted spinach and mentholated yogurt, and another it might be Guinea hen with steamed lettuce and hazelnuts. Our solution: go for the five-course tasting menu.

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10. Horchata 470 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011 (Greenwich Village)

Multi-colored decor and bench tables will make you feel like you've stepped inside a pinata at this Mexican eatery. Belly up to one of two communal tables in the dining room for dishes like salmon tostadas and fish quesadillas served with spiced pumpkin seeds, roasted poblano chile, Cotija cheese, and cream fresca -- all crafted by Top Chef alum Manuel Trevino.

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11. The Derby 167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Derby -- a LES Southern-fare staple -- is doling out serious eats, ranging from chicken-fried steak, Pimento patty melts, and strong, unique whiskeys.

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12. Bâtard 239 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

Named for French wines, this eatery only seves up two-, three-, and four-course meals that can start with anything from warm Kusshi oysters, fried pig tails, and pickles, and end with caramelized milk bread with fennel yogurt, blueberries, and brown butter ice cream.

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13. Delaware and Hudson 135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

Northeastern cuisine with an old farm feel fits this small Williamsburg restaurant well, where chef/owner Patti Jackson serves a prix-fixe, family-style menu nightly. Seasonal fare isn't a trope at Delaware and Hudson, and there are no gimmicks, just superbly prepared dishes that are rustic in character but artful in presentation, like braised short rib with squash puree and duck breast with corn polenta. Brunch is an Ă  la carte and more casual affair that draws heavily on mid-Atlantic recipes for dishes like Pennsylvania Dutch scrapple and buckwheat pancakes with blueberry syrup. Pass the pretzel rolls.

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14. Decoy 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Located just below its sibling restaurant Red Farm, Decoy can be a tight fit, but the Decoy Chips -- which are actually fried branzino skin with black garlic dip (they're usually offered for free to start the meal) -- help immediately. Follow those with the main star; only 24 ducks are served each night , and the flavors mix traditional with fusions thanks to the sauces, including hoisin, sesame, and cranberry, and the pancakes manage to hold up to stuffing despite being incredibly thin.

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15. Bacchanal 146 Bowery, New York, NY 10013 (Nolita)

A party spot like the name implies, Bacchanal will treat you to dishes like hand-carved jamon iberico, braised short ribs, and slow-roasted chicken. Thirsty? You'll be able to pair those with old world wines and a bar program led by Naren Young.

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16. Bar Primi 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Bar Primi is a delicious pasta outpost in the East Village, where you can treat yourself to the likes of fiore di carciofi with smoked bacon and pecorino; a roast beef, italian peppers, and provolone number known only as "The Sandwich"; and bucatini with lamb amatriciana.

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17. Tender 132 47th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown)

Tender, inside the Sanctuary Hotel, is all about the finer things in life. Part lounge, part steakhouse, and part sushi joint, this place offers you decadence like the omakase from a former Sushi of Gari chef, or premium cuts of beef like a dry-aged NY strip.

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