Il Principe
Chalk Point Kitchen
The Gander
Baker & Co/Paola Beretti
Tavern on The Green
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1. The Gander 15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011 (Flatiron)

From Jesse Schenker (of recette in the West Village), The Gander is a refined restaurant in the Flatiron District that highlights seasonal comfort food and -- unsurprising given it's named after a male goose -- meats. The lofty space is split between a dining room that serves nightly prix fixe and chef's tasting menus, and a bar room with all-day à la carte service. The Gander has a standout wine program with over 650 selections and seasonably-minded cocktails.

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2. il Principe 525 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10013

This Hudson Square resto offers authentic Italian cuisine (by Executive Chef Carlo Bigi), an interior of Italian woodwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, and hand-crafted 'tails w/ an Italian/Mediterranean twist.

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3. Chalk Point Kitchen 527 Broome St, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Seasonally-driven, market-to-table fare like handmade burrata and grilled Long Island squid powers the menu here, with especially colorful platings and a bar serving post-Soul Cycle-appropriate kale martinis. The rest of the space projects the same clean, curated vibe, with mason jars and flower pots dotting the interior.

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4. Racines 94 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 (Tribeca)

Hailing from Tribeca, Racines is a French haven offering Parisian neo-bistro cuisine (like like Mangalitsa pork with pigs feet croquette, veal tartare, etc.) and a number of phenomenal wines.

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5. Tavern on the Green 2 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

This iconic Central Park institution has been the focal point in many rom-com films for its picturesque setting on the western edge of the park. Truth be told, you go to Tavern of the Green for the ambience more than the food, but the menu of upscale country club-like dishes -- think Cobb salad, a house burger, and grilled salmon -- is well-executed.

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6. Sopra 115 E 60th St, New York, NY 10065 (Midtown)

This communal Mediterranean dining experience in Midtown West is superbly reminiscent of being on a sun-soaked vacation, eating geniusly-curated culinary treats, in the comfort of your own friends' home (not some stuffy restaurant). Interact with the chef, sommelier, and owner as you dine on some seriously impressive eats.

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7. Barchetta 461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Barchetta means "little boat", appropriate for this Italian spot bringing super-fresh, local seafood to Chelsea -- they're known for their crudo plates, of which there are 11 on the menu.

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8. Baker & Co. 259 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

From the folks who brought you Emporio, this West Village eatery serves up simple Italian eats like rabbit meatballs with ricotta and mac 'n cheese "cacio e pepe".

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9. Huertas 107 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Executive Chef Jonah Miller is behind this Basque-inspired Spanish spot, which brings a four-course, beverage-paired "menu del dia" to the East Village with eats like pork shoulder w/ turnip and Hudson Canyon tilefish with smoked garlic.

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10. Heartwood 184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Serious pizza and serious cocktails (we're talking James Beard-winning Chef Bradford Thompson-serious) are what you can expect from this wood-burning oven-heavy spot in Chelsea.

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11. Tessa 349 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

With a handsome, rustic interior, Tessa is home to quality Mediterranean fare prepared by Executive Chef Cedric Tovar. Their menu contains temptations like duck lasagna, venison carpaccio, and cavatelli with rabbit and ramps.

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12. Troy Liquor Bar 675 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

Hidden below Bill’s Bar and Burger and Dos Caminos, Troy resembles a retro basement from the ‘80s with graffitied walls and worn-in leather couches. With games like billiards and foosball, it's less swanky than other Meatpacking spots, but still upscale (there's bottle service and $16 cocktails).