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1. Choza Taqueria 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

This Hell's Kitchen spot doles out excellent Mexican beachside-style eats including tacos, burritos, tostadas, and the somewhat rare, breakfast tacos.

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2. ESH 98 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

ESH, which means “fire” in Hebrew, takes over the space formerly occupied by The Gorbals. The open kitchen's wood-fired grill turns out heavily spiced meats and vegetables that are the backbone to Chef Ilan Hall’s modern Israeli BBQ menu. Warmer weather offers the option of enjoying the full menu at the rooftop bar, which pairs perfectly with a boozy slushie and a Brooklyn Sunset.

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3. Ă©lan 43 East 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

This David Waltuck spot in Gramercy dishes out contemporary cuisine like grilled seafood sausage, sea urchin guacamole, stuffed chicken wings, General Tso’s sweetbreads, and fettuccine with scallops and duck fat.

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4. Ample Hills Creamery 305 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Gowanus)

The nationally famed ice creamery's Gowanus location boasts an insane outdoor roof deck to eat your unique ice cream flavors on. Choose from your choice of cone (pretzel, anyone?!) and move onto flavors like beer-infused chocolate.

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5. Wilma Jean 345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Gowanus)

Armed with Southern hospitality, Wilma Jean in Gowanus serves up stackable portions of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and its signature fried chicken, the latter of which is served atop a potato bun, on a stick, and in half-portions. Run by a husband and wife duo, the counter-service spot is a solid option for brunch, happy hour (its daily beer and wine deals are an added bonus), or for a late dinner, with the kitchen open until 10pm seven days a week.

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6. 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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7. Crif Dogs West Village 120 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

Everyone's favorite late-night hot doggery finds itself in the West Village, so you can grab any of their roughly 4,000 varieties of dogs, plus fries, shakes, beer, and more without having to travel across the island.

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8. UFC - Unidentified Flying Chickens 60 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Previously only out in Jackson Heights, this Korean Fried chicken spot has landed in the East Village, and it brought it’s juicy/crispy fried chicken along with some other options like a pork bulgogi burger too.

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9. Luke's Lobster 211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Luke is bringing the lobster roll madness to Midtown East, plus this location has outdoor seating in a small park for picnicking and happy hour. You know you want lobster rolls.

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10. Grand Banks Pier 25, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This seasonal oyster bar perched atop a historic fishing boat at Pier 25 serves an incredible selection of soft-shell crabs, lobster rolls, and of course, lots of oysters. It's best to make a reservation for dining, but you can easily snag a seat at one of the two on-deck bars if you're there for drinks. Refreshing nautical cocktails, wine, Champagne, and craft beer round out the drink menu. Grand Banks is open from May to October.

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11. Humboldt & Jackson 434 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This Williamsburg spot comes with a rotating roster of chefs from places like Brooklyn Brewery, Best Pizza, and OTB. They’ll each come on different nights and hook diners up with creative menus featuring everything from beer cheese to pork belly cracklins and root beer floats.

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12. Pasar Malam 208 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This Malaysian spot in Williamsburg is overflowing with extremely innovative eats. Head in for the s'mores roti, Ais, soft-shell crab ragu, and a drink called the Michael Jackson. Get it all.