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1. Jams 1414 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

The original Jams helped lead the farm-to-table movement in the '80s from the Upper East Side. Now it, along with Chef Jonathan Waxman, has resurfaced at 1 Hotel Central Park. The California-style menu includes dishes like the Jams Pancakes with red pepper, smoked salmon, corn sauce, caviar, lobster with blood sausage, and squid ink rigatoni with crab, garlic, and chili.

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2. La Pecora Bianca 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Located in a historic NoMad building, La Pecora Bianca is reminiscent of an Italian farmhouse, albeit an upscale one. While it's one of those all-day power restaurants that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, definitely go when you’re in the mood for pasta: spaghetti, lasagna, risotto, and other specialities are all made in-house, and available in gluten-free varieties. The drink menu is as Italian as the food, with more than 100 bottles of wine, plus Aperol Spritzs and Negronis.

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3. Leaf Bar & Lounge 133-42 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354 (Flushing)

Flushing is know more for its abundance of cheap Asian dining options than flashy rooftop lounges, yet Leaf Bar & Lounge manages to combine the two ideas in a rustic-chic take on an izakaya with Taiwanese street foods joining quality cocktails. The bar menu by chef Henry Lin, from Taiwan himself, is filled with satisfying snacks like pork belly buns and popcorn chicken. The unexpected drinks have both flavor and character, exemplified by the Pineapple Express -- vodka and sherry with pineapple puree and salted-caramel syrup in an ornamental copper cup.

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4. Joe's Pizza 216 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Joe's Pizza is the epitome of an NYC slice joint. The West Village original has been doling out perfectly simple slices of New York and Sicilian-style pies since 1975, while the Williamsburg outpost is much newer, having set up shop in 2015. No matter which Joe's you're at, the process is simple: wait in line, pay for a slice, fold it in half, and eat it while standing.

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5. Davey's Ice Cream 201 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

You say "old-school ice cream parlor," we say, "Davey's Ice Cream." Based out of the East Village, this purist's ice cream joints whips up its flavors from scratch, crafting decadent flavors like Mexican vanilla bean and double chocolate. As if the retro storefront aesthetics weren't convincing enough, vintage wooden stools and jazz-ey typography will help transport you to a happier, sweeter state of mind.

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6. Manhattan Brew & Vine 998 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

This Upper West Side wine bar serves craft beers and, well, lots of wine. Eats are limited, but what is there (courtesy of chef Denzell Washington, not kidding) are great.

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7. Broken Spoke Rotisserie 439 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

If this spot is any indication, more places should be rotisserie-ing more meats. Check out the "beast of the week" with tortillas, pickled veggies, and chimichurri.

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8. Macchina 2758 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

True to it's name, the interior of Macchina gives has definite industrial vibes, but also celebrates American rock 'n' roll. The rustic Italian food is cooked in two wood burning ovens, while drinks are made at a welcoming bar.

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9. Tiki Tabu 190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This Lower East Side pop-up is open until September 2015, and serves all your favorite tiki drinks (including scorpion bowls) and then some. Find it at the top of SIXTY Lower East Side.

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10. Drexler's 9 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

From the team at Boulton & Watt comes Drexler's, where large format cocktails, classic cocktails, and beers that are iced in vintage bathtubs are the norm.

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11. Nazca Restaurant 34-20 Broadway , Astoria, NY 11106 (Astoria)

The city doesn't have a lot of Peruvian restaurants, but this Queens spot serves classic dishes like fluke tiradito and skirt steak with chimichurri.

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12. Petite Cocotte 110 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

"Petite" applies to both the space and the food at this tiny, French tapas style restaurant in Soho. It's more casual than it's sister Cocotte, which is next door, and serves dishes like mini burgers on focaccia bread and octopus carpaccio.

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