Andrew Zimmer
Pier A
Chefs Club by F&W NY
Almanac NYC
Half & Half
Sisters Brooklyn
The Happiest Hour
The Folly
Angela Pham
Underwest Donuts
Sekend Sun
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1. Florian 225 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003 (Murray Hill)

This Murray Hill spot comes from Fireman Hospitality (Redeye Grill, Trattoria Dell’arte, Brooklyn Diner…), and it has a make-your-own negroni program, and fantastic eats like lasagna osso bucco and veal chop parm.

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2. Little Park 85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (Tribeca)

Located in the Smyth hotel in Tribeca, this spot is doing upscale American seasonal plates AND there’s a bar in the lobby called Evening Bar, which features a fireplace.

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3. Bowery Meat Company 9 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

From Chef Josh Capon and the group behind Lure, Burger & Barrel, and El Toro Blanco, this glitzy modern steakhouse in the East Village takes traditional steak and chops up a notch. The menu offers a nice mix of usual steakhouse mains (the meat comes from butcher Pat LaFrieda) and next-level starters and sides (patatas bravas, crispy polenta, salmon sashimi, to name a few), with pasta dishes and oysters rounding out the sophisticated menu.

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4. Concord Hill 374 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This Williamsburg spot is from a couple of folks behind Westville and is a familiar-yet-modern favorite on Graham Ave. It's working up tons of vegetable-forward dishes as well as a great bacon double cheeseburger topped with sesame oil on a sesame seed bun -- it’s completely familiar, yet still very original.

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5. Pier A Harbor House 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

From the team behind nearby Dead Rabbit cocktail bar, this megaplex in a historic Battery Park building houses separate bars and restaurants on each of its three floors, all of which offer breathtaking views of the New York Harbor. The first floor is home to a casual beer hall and oyster bar that's for group outings, while the more intimate second level includes a clubby cocktail bar and a steakhouse-like restaurant that pays homage to the Hudson Valley. The third floor, reserved for private events, is the most exclusive of the three.

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6. Dojo Izakaya 38 Ave B, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

David Bouhadana (of Sushi Dojo) is the man behind the East Village's Dojo Izakaya, a casual, less-raw-fish-focused eatery with goods like uni cream croquette, Japanese-style fried chicken, beef short rib skewers, and all manners of soba.

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7. Chefs Club by Food & Wine 275 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

Located in the Puck Building, Chefs Club, created by Food & Wine, pulls from the magazine's roster of Best New Chefs to head the kitchen and serve up eats like pastrami flatbread; seafood pan roast with grits, Carolina roe & paprika; and Colorado lamb chops with cotechino, endive & faro.

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8. Almanac 28 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Choose a la carte, or from a tasting menu at this West Village spot. Dishes have an intense focus on seasonality -- they even take what phase the moon is in into account when creating dishes.

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9. SHUKO 47 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

This sushi joint offers daily tasting menus of both fresh sushi and dishes cooked in the kitchen. Note it's omakase-only.

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10. Alidoro 18 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)

Alidoro's Midtown outpost serves the same legendary Italian sandwiches that made the Soho original so popular. There are some 40 varieties on the menu, each named after Italian cultural icons from Mona Lisa to Valentino. The deli's greatness starts with the bread, which is soft and crunchy at the same time, then continues with a variety of cured, smoked, and roasted fillings. The staff is notorious for refusing substitutions, but we like to think the uncompromising attitude comes from a good place -- as in, they know what your tastebuds will like best. Just order the Pinocchio (prosciutto, soppressata, fresh mozzarella, sweet roasted peppers, olive paste) and you'll be fine.

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11. Half & Half 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown East)

Like that place with beers and arcade games, except with cocktails and partying and arcade games, Half & Half is a a half dance hall, half arcade drinking destination inside the Hudson Hotel.

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12. Brodo 200 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

It may seem a little out there, but when it’s freezing cold, and you need something to warm you up, this takeout window serving different broths from Hearth’s chef Marco Canora will have your back (no matter how you feel about it).

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13. Sisters 900 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sisters is your Clinton Hill go-to for top-notch coffee by day and new American eats by night (get the seared scallop with bay shrimp, beurre blanc, and roasted fennel). This Brooklyn destination also has a back room with DJ sets and musical acts.

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14. Mastro's Steakhouse 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

A steakhouse chain popular among the who's-who of Beverly Hills and Malibu made its first home in NYC at this location of Mastro's, brining yet another well-appointed meat shrine to Midtown. However, the kitchen differentiates itself by wet-aging steaks, a departure from the more traditional dry-aging technique that New Yorkers are accustomed to. Rich and buttery seafood selections (who doesn't love a lobster tail) are countered by less caloric raw sushi options. The crowd is business-like, as this location has gained a reputation among bankers on Wall Street, but tourists are drawn as well, considering the proximity to major attractions like Radio City Music Hall.

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15. The Happiest Hour 121 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Brace yourself: there is no actual happy hour at The Happiest Hour. But don’t fret, the Happiest Burger more than makes up for it, really. The double-patty, double-cheese, California-style burger is better than an In-N-Out Double Double and comes topped with a similar Russian dressing as the West Coast fast-food fave. The bar's resort vibes shine in its cocktail selection, which includes the Frozen Painkiller, a twist on the Tiki classic that pairs rum with crème de Pêche de Vigne liqueur and coconut, lime, and orange juices.

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16. The Folly 92 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Small batch rums, cocktails like The Bender (spiced rum, averna, ginger beer), and lobster mac 'n cheese in a cast iron pot are on hand at this gastropub, from the team behind Hill & Dale and The Brooklyneer.

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17. The Little Beet Table 333 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (Murray Hill)

The Little Beet Table offers a gluten-free menu focusing on high quality ingredients that go into dishes like slow-cooked salmon with avocado caponata, pistachio pesto, and black olives, grilled beets with yogurt and pumpkin seed-almond granola, and cavatelli with butternut squash, kale, pecans, and grilled bacon. Yep, bacon is gluten free, have as much as you’d like.

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18. Happy Ending 302 Broome St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Located in a one-time massage parlor, this appropriately named bistro now has a Michelin-starred chef serving up hearty French dishes like steak tartare au couteau with "Mediterranean and Japanese flavors", plus lamb two ways: tandoori style and roasted chop.

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19. Via Carota 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This bustling spot from Rita Sodi and Jody Williams is stocked with a grip of top-notch Italian eats, including meats and cheeses, crostini topped with salt cod or white truffle butter, gnocchi, and a fried rabbit with rosemary and garlic.

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20. Underwest Donuts 638 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

An unlikely spot for a donut shop, Underwest operates out of the Westside Highway Car Wash, lodged in a nifty little hallway that cooks up all kinds of glazed, sugared, and old-fashioned fried dough confections. The donuts are the work of Scott Levine, a former Chanterelle sous chef, whose father-in-law is part owner of the car wash.

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21. Sek'end Sun 32-11 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 (Astoria)

If you live in Astoria and have been on the hunt for a neighborhood bar, look no further than Sek'end Sun (pronounced Second Son). The laidback cocktail bar serves riffs on classic drinks, like an amaro Old Fashioned, and seriously good bar bites like chili butter grilled cheese and grilled wings with cilantro, lime, and soy. A giant neon "Queens" sign completes the rustic and industrial decor, proving that the bar scene in the outer boroughs is alive and well.