Narcissa
Gato
Navy
Antonioni's
French Louie
Colonia Verde
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
DANIEL KRIEGER
Andrew Zimmer
Margaux
Andrew Zimmer
The Clam
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
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1. Narcissa 21 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Inside The Standard East Village, Narcissa crafts a seasonal menu based around farm-fresh Hudson Valley ingredients that are both light and filling. Two dining rooms and an outdoor space with a private garden view give off a cozy, upscale vibe complemented by a crowd of downtown regulars and hotel guests. The menu gives equal play to meat, fish, and vegetables, with an emphasis on roasted dishes. Be sure to order a side of the carrot fries -- they give their fried potato counterparts a run for their money.

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2. Gato 324 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012 (Noho)

Brought to you by Chef Bobby Flay, Gato is located in a 100yr-old building and it serves fine Mediterranean fare in a casual and enjoyable environment.

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3. Navy 137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

There’s no shortage of chic, hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Soho; the narrow streets -- constantly crawling with polished tourists and lower Manhattanites -- are stacked with open-windowed storefronts, and Navy on Sullivan St. is, seemingly, unremarkable. But what sets the 40-seat, seafaring hideaway apart is its personality and minimalist menu. The restaurant’s name speaks to its design: the interior is reminiscent of a World War II naval ship, with studded copper plating and canvas from old US Navy duffle bags lining the walls, blue and white floor tiles and flags, and a wall display of stacked sardine cans. The season-dependent menu is themed accordingly: it’s straightforward, simplistic American food with fish at the forefront (as you’d expect from a restaurant with a maritime motif), while maintaining its appeal to the Soho masses with its penchant for vegetables. You can have the market salad (vegetables!) with the daily fish -- which can be as simple as tinned smoked salmon (I didn’t say it was fresh). For the seafood-averse, the open-faced egg sandwich with bacon, cheese, and avocado is a one-time staff-meal-turned-menu-item -- a ringing endorsement from the restaurant’s nearest and dearest. It’s served with French fries (potatoes are vegetables!) that are eerily reminiscent of those from McDonald’s, but in the best way: they’re the thin, uniformly cut, crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside fries you didn’t know existed outside of the double arches. They do. During dinner, the menu opens with raw bar options like oysters, crudos, and house-cured fish topped with caviar, then dives into larger, market dishes like the popular whole trout en croute. Again, you can avoid sea creatures with an all-beef cheeseburger, which can and should be topped with the agave-drizzled Billionaire Bacon. A meal at Navy isn’t complete without a beverage; the wine -- which is secured to the back wall by leather straps in case the ship rocks -- is primarily old world, with lesser known varieties and regions accounted for (like the Grecian Assyrtiko or a Black Vermentino). Beer -- including the local Catskill Pilsner and Ommegang Witte, among other fish-friendly brews -- is poured from unmarked wooden taps. And somewhat antithetical to a ship’s nature, there’s no liquor here: the cocktail program is anchored by light-on-the-palate, crisp, soju- and wine-based aperitifs. For simple, satisfying food and a seaside departure to decades past, Navy is your port of call.

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4. Antonioni's 177 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 (Nolita)

This Italian bar/resto has a menu absolutely loaded with unique and tasty options for every meal of the day, whether you're dropping by for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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5. French Louie 320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This Boerum Hill establishment slings French-American fare and mixes up superb craft 'tails.

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6. All’onda 22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Located right near the heart of Union Square is All'onda, a Japanese and Venetian hybrid restaurant housed in a rustic duplex building. The first floor has a spacious bar (complete with sake) where you can drink or dine without having made a reservation, and the second floor is dimly-lit with cozy booths and wooden rafters. The menu is limited, but the smoked uni bucatini is a must-try.

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7. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union Street, Gowanus, NY 11215 (Gowanus)

A massive hall of Florida kitsch (Cabanas! Drink umbrellas!) mixed with industrial not-kitsch (Concrete!), RPSC is officially NYC's first and only bar outfitted with 10 bonafide sunken shuffleboard lanes.

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8. Bodega Negra 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011 (Meatpacking)

Inside the Dream, this taco joint is superbly unique and delicious.

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9. Black Crescent 76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

A fire in 2015 couldn't keep Black Crescent down -- the Lower East Side raw and cocktail bar came back with a thirst for sating yours. Notable on the corner of Rivington and Clinton for the serpentine mural that covers the building's edifice, the spot is low-key on the interior, with simple wood and chrome accents. Oyster happy hours are made happier by strong riffs on classics, like a take on the Negroni called the Hempen Halter, with hickory-smoked Italian vermouth, sweet vermouth, Campari, and gin.

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10. BarBacon 836 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

NYC's seen its fair share of single-item centric bars and restos but none captures the zeitgeist more than BarBacon. An ode to everything pork, you'd be remiss to go to this Hell's Kitchen spot and not try a bacon flight, a riff on the omnipresent beer sampler showcasing a selection of four artisanal cured variations on the fatty treat, or at least the bacon guac. Non-bacon options (aka a beer and wine list) are also spot on.

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11. Mission Cantina 172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Danny Bowien may be best known for his creative eats at Mission Chinese, but similar culinary aptitude is found at his Mexican outpost, Mission Cantina. The cooking is playful, clever, and often includes Asian touches. The vegetarian options are as good as the braised meats, and no matter what you order, be sure the tortillas make it to your table. The unforgettably golden, hot corn rounds are durable enough to support whatever you pile on top. If the food isn't enough of a pull, Mission Cantina's fiesta-forward atmosphere surely is, but the most entertaining part might be watching the chefs crank out tacos in the partially open kitchen.

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12. Telepan Local 329 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This swank, American-fare Tribeca joint is doling out delicious cocktails, perfectly-portioned entrees, and fresh, innovative desserts.

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13. Empire Diner 210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Empire Diner in Chelsea brings in all walks of life, at all hours. Check out the burger or more innovative apps to start.

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14. Margaux at The Marlton Hotel 5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011 (Greenwich Village)

Margaux can be found inside the Marlton Hotel -- head in for some delicious 'tails from a lauded mixologist, great apps, and excellent service.

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15. Rarities 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

This ultra-pricey, ultra-rare bar inside of The New York Palace Hotel is one for the books.

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16. The Clam 420 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

The Clam has brought an ode to everybody's favorite mollusk, and the Atlantic Seaboard at large to the city with the titular shellfish worked up in a bunch of interesting ways.

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17. Emily 919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This cozy Clinton Hill spot was founded by two foodies who sparked a relationship in college over a shared pizza. Today, they're serving up an overwhelming selection of creative pies in their intimate restaurant. In addition to pizza -- split between red and white on the menu -- Emily is known for the critically-acclaimed Emmy Burger, featuring a dry-aged patty topped with rich cheddar, sweet caramelized onions, and a buffalo-like sauce inside of a pretzel bun. A limited amount of burgers is served every night, but luckily, they're available in (near-unlimited) amounts during Sunday lunch service.

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18. Dirck the Norseman 7 N 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This spacious Brooklyn haunt features an industrial-looking interior and serves the likes of brisket, pig knuckles, and other tasty options, as well as excellent beers.

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19. General Assembly Restaurant & Bar 360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (Murray Hill)

This bistro looks sorta like a giant indoor courtyard -- there's a bar up front plus three distinct dining areas all manned by Chef Craig Kokestsu and Michael Stillman (of Quality Meats and Quality Italian) who're feeding lively diners with epic eats and top-notch cocktails developed by Clover Club veteran Bryan Schneider.

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20. Colonia Verde 219 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (Fort Greene)

Colonia Verde's the place to go when you're feeling especially carnivorous -- they've got Latin American-style buttermilk fried chicken, grilled steaks, and slow-braised pork shoulder.

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