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The coolest bars and restaurants in town

It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go, while other hot spots could not be denied (HELLO, Umami Burger for obvious reasons!). Have a look at the list (organized by hood; this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.


1) Amor y Amargo
443 E 6th St; btwn First and Ave A; 212.614.6817
The bitters specialists at A&A continue to craft extremely alcoholic 'tails for the extremely limited number of patrons they can tuck into their eight-seat bar at one time.
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2) Edi & The Wolf
102 Ave C, btwn 6th and 7th; 212.598.1040
The Austrian wine tavern continues to plate top-notch schnitzel, goulash, and a carbonara-like spaetzle so loaded with Austrian mountain cheese and bacon that the 40ft of ultra-thick rope hanging from the ceiling probably couldn't hold you after you down it.
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3) Empire Biscuit
198 Avenue A; 646.682.9529
Started by a couple of fine-dining vets, this 24hr spot for "breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drunk" food is doing biscuits right, which means stuffing them with sausage gravy, fried chicken, and a crazy assortment of bacons and jams. Bacon butter, anybody?
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4) Evelyn Drinkery
171 Ave C, btwn 10th and 11th
Drop by this cocktail parlor to try their "Spirited Phosphates": housemade sodas concocted using flavored syrups and "a quick punch" of phosphoric acid, then spiked into creations like the vino verde/blanco tequila/serrano agave/pineapple/radish Bone Dry.
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5) Pouring Ribbons
Second Fl, 225 Ave B, btwn 13th and 14th; 917.656.6788
Pouring a tome's worth of old-school and original 'tails, this deco-rec-room clubhouse comes from JoaquĂ­n SimĂł, Tales of the Cocktail 2012 American Bartender of the Year.
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6) The Wayland
700 E 9th St, nr Ave C; 212.777.7022
This Ave C cocktailery serves up some of the city's most interesting cocktails (e.g., moonshine, applewood-smoked ice, and spiced apple bitters served covered by an upside-down, smoke-filled glass) in one of its least pretentious settings.
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7) Toro
85 10th Ave; 617.536.4300
We laid out the 14 reasons you should care about this buzzy, Boston import's opening, but the one reason that really matters is that it's freaking delicious…
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8) The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St, btwn Broad and Coenties Slip; 646.422.7906
Sean Muldoon (of 2010's "World's Best Cocktail Bar" The Merchant Hotel) and Jack McGarry (Milk & Honey London) created this bi-level cocktail sanctum serving an extensive lineup of libations inspired by the Civil War/Tammany Hall era, making it as good a place as any to drink like a boss.
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9) Booker and Dax
207 E 2nd Ave, entrance on 13th st; 212.254.3500
Momofuku's former Milk Bar space is now B&D, a collaboration between David Chang and French Culinary Institute technology honcho Dave Arnold that uses centrifuges, liquid nitrogen, and flaming pokers in a frequently successful quest to make the tastiest tipples in town.
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10) Empellon Cocina
105 1st Ave, btwn 6th and 7th; 212.367.0999
When pastry chef Alex Stupak left Wiley Dufresne's WD-50 and opened his own taco joint, it was met with critical accolades. His second location ups the attention to detail, focusing on more composed plates in addition to tortilla-wrapped goodness.
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11) Han Dynasty
90 3rd Ave; 212.390.8685
This Philadelphia cult favorite brought their Szechuan stylings North with much fanfare, and delivered on it with ultra-spicy, ultra-tasty dishes like their Dan Dan Noodles, rabbit in Szechuan peppers, and wontons in hot chili oil.
12) L'Apicio
13 E 1st St, btwn Bowery and 2nd; 212.533.7400
The Dell'Anima/L'artusi/Anfora team's latest offers up solid Italian to a crowd that looks suspiciously too attractive to enjoy it, and in a space to match.
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13) Mighty Quinn's
103 2nd Ave; 212.677.3733
BBQ is coming into its own in NYC, and this East Village smokehouse is doing some of the best around with tweaked, classic stylings with massive beef rib, brisket, and killer burnt ends.
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14) Proletariat
102 St Marks Pl, btwn Ave A and 1st Ave; 212.777.6707
This brew mecca from the Death + Co team boasts beer cocktails on tap, a nine-tier sequence of sudsy classes "modeled after Dante's descent into the inferno", tinctures for "flash hop infusions", and exclusively rare or unusual brews.
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15) Yuji Ramen
95 E Houston St; 646.262.1358
It's on the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods, it's making top-notch bacon and egg mazemen & market fresh specials by day, and by night it's changing the way you'll think of ramen in the future.
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16) Milk & Honey
30 E 23rd St
It's changed locations and it's more democratized than ever, but it's still turning out some of the best tipples anywhere in the city.
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17) Torst/ Luksus
615 Manhattan Ave; 718.389.6034
Not only do they have probably the best (at least the most interesting) beer bar in the city right now up front, they've also got a mind-blowing chef's table in the back that's pumping out multi-course tasting menus to those who can manage to score a spot.
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18) Mission Chinese Food
154 Orchard St, btwn Stanton and Rivington; 212.529.8800
One of San Fran's most heralded Asian restaurants now has an outpost in NYC. On the plus side, there's a free keg you can hit while you wait for a table. On the downside, you'll be far from the only person trying to crush free keg beer.
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19) American Whiskey
247 W 30th St; 212.967.1070
For too long, Midtown was without a truly quality spot serving whiskey, craft beer, and legit bar food in a massive-yet-inviting, rustic-meets-urban environment.
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20) Betony
41 W 57th St; 212.465.2400
Created by Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey (veteran's of fine-dining establishments including one of the best restaurants in the world, Eleven Madison Park), Betony is a glitzy Midtown establishment that's working up some of the absolute best dishes in town, including the short rib stewed in dry-aged beef fat with grilled romaine & sweetbreads.


21) The Cannibal
113 E 29th St, btwn Park and Lexington; 212.686.5480
This offshoot of Belgian restaurant Resto is a brewy oasis in the middle of the dining desert that is Murray Hill, offering an unparalleled selection of avant garde beers that you can pick from the fridges up front, and enjoy in the garden out back.
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22) Mile End Sandwich
53 Bond St, btwn Bowery and Lafayette; 212.529.2990
You no longer have to trek out to Brooklyn to get Mile End's famed, Montreal-style smoked beef thanks to their sandwich shop outpost, which also dishes traditional poutine.
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23) NoMad
1170 Broadway, nr 28th; 347.472.5660
11 Madison Park's more "affordable" sibling still has an $80 chicken for two, but what are you, some kind of loser who doesn't appreciate an $80 chicken!?
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24) Talde
369 7th Ave, nr 11th; 347.916.0031
Dale Talde of Top Chef notoriety opened this casual Park Slope Asian eatery that serves fare equally inspired by his time at Morimoto & Buddakan, his Filipino mother, and the very Western culture that apparently can't spell "Philippines". So, you know, shrimp toast w/ Chinese sausage gravy and stuff.
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25) Hometown BBQ
454 Van Brunt St; 347.294.4644
After getting rocked by Hurricane Sandy, this Red Hook warehouse of meats and Americana finally opened, and delivers on all levels with an outdoor smoker for ribs, some supremely flavorful brisket, live music, and whiskey. This is the kind of place that you make a destination and spend the entire day at.
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26) Pok Pok Ny
127 Columbia St, btwn Kane and Degraw; 718.923.9322
This BK outpost of Portland Chef Andy Ricker's rightfully famous Thai restaurant may just be better than the original, and certainly requires a less arduous trek to enjoy real-deal peasant grub.
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27) Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St; 212.219.2773
If you haven't had a Cronut by now, you should really step up your pasty game, though even when you look beyond the buzzy mashup, this place is home to all kinds of intriguing goodness and constant innovation -- including a great breakfast sando, frozen s'mores, and the magic souffle.
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28) Estela
47 E Houston St; 212.219.7693
Chef Ignacio Mattos and Sommelier Thomas Carter teamed up with Mark Connell (of the downstairs Botanica) to create this bistro that's at-once adventurous and familiar with small shared plates like burrata w/ salsa verde & charred bread, ricotta dumplings with shaved discs of 'shrooms, larger goods like steak, and some really top-notch cocktails.
29) Uncle Boon's
7 Spring St; 646.370.6650
Created by a group who earned their stripes at Per Se and other places considered the finest-of-dining, Uncle Boon's is dishing up plates of Thai drinking food like fried blowfish tails, boneless beef ribs, and traditional crab fried rice, as well as traditional Thai beer slushies... yeah, now you're jealous those aren't traditional here.


30) Khe-Yo
157 Duane St; 212.587.1089
NYC's best, and maybe only, Laotian hotspot from Marc Forgione and Soulayphet Schwader's got an almost temple-like vibe; they've got excellent dishes like crunchy coconut rice with kaffir lime sausage, and takes on the traditional Whiskey Lao Lao.
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31) Carbone
181 Thompson St; 212.254.3000
This Torrisi team project's maybe the buzziest spot in the city, and delivers a veal chop that is really something special.
32) El Toro Blanco
257 6th Ave, btwn Bedford and Downing; 212.645.0193
The team behind SoHo seafood standby Lure opened this modern Mexicaneria, which has garnered accolades from industry standouts including Chris Santos and John McNulty. Get the fondue of Mexican cheese, jalapenos, and chorizo, or risk being not totally fat.
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33) Houston Hall
222 W Houston St, btwn Varick and Bedford; 212.675.9323
This gargantuan West Village suds temple boasts 10 tap brews made exclusively for it, and is probably Manhattan's best claim to beer halliness, with huge communal tables set under exposed beams, gigantic windows, old-timey coal ovens, and more bricks than game seven of the 1994 NBA Finals.
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34) The Marrow
99 Bank St; 212.428.6000
Top Chef Harold Dieterle's German/ Italian spot delivers on all fronts, has an outrageous duck schnitzel, and one of the absolute best desserts around with their Ginger Stout Cake, which might be the only time ever you'll hear us describe something as magical.
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35) Perla
24 Minetta Ln, btwn 6th Ave and MacDougal; 212.933.1824
Didn't want to wait for a table at Chez Sardine? Then don't bother with Stulman's popular West Vill Italian offering, either, because you're not the only one who wants bacon-wrapped rabbit.
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36) Piora
430 Hudson St; 212.960.3801
Aside from having an amazing and impressive beast of a steak dish off-the-menu (it's bathed in butter!), their everyday Korean-/ Italian-influenced menu is impressive throughout.
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37) RedFarm
529 Hudson St, nr Charles St; 212.792.9700
Joe Ng's farm-to-table dim sum house serves up the most inventive dumplings in town, and his crispy beef is like eating meaty chicharrones dipped in a vat of sweetened umami. Note: there's basically no rhyme or reason to the seating process, so just stick around and keep bugging them for a table.
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38) Tertulia
359 6th Ave; nr W 4th St; 646.559.9909
An Irishman from Vermont preparing some of the city's most heralded tapas? Yep. Be sure to try a Basque cider, and order the suckling pig if it's available.
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39) Umami Burger
432 6th Ave; 212.677.8626
This West Village burger heavy-hitter finally made its debut in NYC, and brought with it its scientifically-proven-to-be-more-delicious-than-other-burgers burgers, like the Manly topped with beer cheddar, bacon lardons, and onion rings battered in malt liquor.
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40) ZZ's Clam Bar
169 Thompson St; 212.254.3000
Another one from the can't-miss Torrisi/Carbone guys, ZZ's has got a tiny, sexy seafood counter with the freshest of fish dishes, and amazing cocktails to match.


41) Aska
At Kinfolk Studios: 90 Wythe Ave, nr 11th St
Thought-provoking, minimalist Scandinavian fare and a daily changing tasting menu make this one of the most intriguing concepts to hit New York in years.
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42) BrisketTown
359 Bedford Ave; 718.701.8909
This Williamsburg meat-haven is constantly making improvements to their already-authentic, Texas-style brisket, as well as creating things like the Deckle Back, a shot of whiskey backed by meat, and their brisket & bagel breakfast sando.
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43) Shalom Japan
310 S 4th St; 718.388.4012
Much more than a gimmick, Shalom is the creation of a couple (an actual couple) of fine-dining vets who are mixing their respective Japanese and Jewish heritages into glorious, culinary stylings like matzah ball ramen and sake challah.
44) The Shanty
79 Richardson St, btwn Leonard and Lorimer; 718.878.3579
This distillery from a Brooklyn Brewery co-founder, a Manhattan Cocktail Classic board member, and a Pegu Club vet uses its own spirits to whip up top-notch drinks on the premises.
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45) St. Anselm
355 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer; 718.384.5054
From the owner of nearby Fette Sau and Spuyten Duyvil, this temple of meat is rivaled only by Lex Steele's pants, and has won national acclaim for its garlic-laced butcher's steak, casual atmosphere, and shockingly low prices.
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46) Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Ave; 347.725.4793
Started by a couple of neighborhood guys, this Williamsburg joint serves up next-level chicken and waffles, along with other really top-notch Southern fare.
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47) The Elm
160 N 12th St; 718.218.1088
Paul Liebrandt's airy spot in the King & Grove Hotel might be the place to finally sustain fine-dining in Williamsburg.
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1. Amor y Amargo 443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Sip on fancy cocktails like the herbacious Orchard St Cel'ry Soda (Applejack, genever, club soda, celery bitters), or the Tequila Gibson, made with citrus-forward Boston Bittahs.

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2. Edi & The Wolf 102 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

Edi & The Wolf mirrors the casual atmosphere of an Austrian wine-tavern. The barn-style interior provides a perfect aesthetic to capture the masculine, yet causal space of an "Austrian joint".

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3. Empire Biscuit 198 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Empire Biscuit is exactly as it sounds... a manically obsessive eatery based around the wonder that are biscuits. They're not ordinary, either -- try one of their custom biscuits, or go with a friend and split the the Snuggah Boo -- a plum, prune & port, goat cheese, and black pepper buttered wonder.

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4. Evelyn Drinkery 171 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

The Evelyn Drinkery is a cocktail parlor named after the concept of a dreamy woman with "many layers." The menu, however, is a reality and it features libations like the Hoochie Coochie Mama w/ gin, rye, Cynar, sherry & Cajun bitters.

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5. Pouring Ribbons 225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Pouring Ribbons boasts arched windows that overlook Avenue B and allow you to submerge yourself in an extensive menu of cocktails, as well as munch of some small bites that include Flatiron's Beecher's Cheese plates and hummus.

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6. The Wayland 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

From a duo that's spent many years bartending, cooking, and consulting in the restaurant biz comes The Wayland, a live-music cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City. Connected to the bar is a kitchen that specializes in small plates, including cheese selections, oysters, and BLTs with pulled pork. The cocktails reflect a DIY approach, with hours of prep work just to produce homemade radish, spiced apple, and key lime-flavored bitters.

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7. Toro 85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette deliver Spanish tapas to Chelsea with a menu that rotates daily and has eats like paellas, grilled corn with Cotija, and duck wing drumsticks.

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8. The Dead Rabbit 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004

The Dead Rabbit is a bi-level cocktail sanctum, taproom, and grocery serving a crazily extensive lineup of libations inspired by the Civil War and the Tammany Hall era.

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9. Booker and Dax 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Booker and Dax takes cocktails to a new level, employing crazy stuff like centrifuged liquors and liquid nitrogen to craft 'tails like the Banana Justino, which is spun vigorously in a centrifuge to separate flavors from the solids that deliver them.

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10. Empellon Cocina 105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Empellon makes a great date spot, or just a cool, classy place to relax with friends over some impressive eats. Empellon's second location in the East Village boasts a curvaceous, white brick interior that sets the mood for shareable mariscos (mezcal-cured ocean trout w/ roe & cream cheese), quesos (lobster, fried tomato, and Tetilla cheese), and small plates ranging from bay scallops w/ rutabaga and brown butter mole, to prime beef rib eye cap w/ puffed tendon and menudo. You can also hit up Empellon's original location, a taqueria on W. 4th in the West Village. The newer Cocina Empellon in East Village is a deeper dive into serious Mexican fusion cuisine with intense attention to detail. Chef Alex Stupak, previously a pastry genius at Manhattan's WD-40, brings his skills and fine touch to Empellon's inventive menu, and delivers one of NYC's best desert menus.

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11. L'Apicio 13 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

L'Apicio is an Italian-inspired restaurant that serves family-style portions in a cabin-style atmosphere modernized with leather couches, fur rugs, and a wooden bar.

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12. Mighty Quinn's BBQ 103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

This previous Smorgasburg-only joint now has a home in the East Village, serving casual BBQ butchered on premises and smoked in-house and pouring 16 craft beers to go along your meat.

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13. Proletariat 102 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Proletariat in NYC is known for its rare, new, and unusual beers and elevated bar food like pretzel chips and reuben burger.

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14. Milk & Honey 30 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

The Cocktail Bar That Birthed A Million Not-As-Cool Cocktail Bars is bringing its bespoke offerings and a slightly less strict door policy to a larger spot just south of Madison Square Park equipped with art deco lighting, smooth features, and a big mirrored bar so you can look at yourself not talking to women unless they want to talk to you. Best of all, there's a bunch more seating, and they're accepting walk-ins day of, but if you're smart you'll make a reservation at least a day out -- don't call or text anymore, now you gotta email them at

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15. Torst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Torst offers a high-tech 21-line draft system which allows them to slide you one of their 100+ beers to you at exactly the right temp, with the right amount of nitrogen/carbon dioxide.

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16. Mission Chinese Food 171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

This buzz-y Chinese resto (whose first location was closed down due to problems with their landlord) reopened at this spot, offering many of their popular classics and some surprises (wood fired pizza!!).

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17. American Whiskey 247 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

This classy whiskey bar in Chelsea serves 12 cocktails and over 20 kinds of rye and bourbon whiskeys in 6500sqft of rustic space, making it one of the largest cocktail bars in the country.

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18. The Cannibal 113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

This cozy, low-key spot is tiny on the inside, with only wooden stools and metal counters for seating, but opens up to a heated patio with an additional 40 seats. The meat-heavy menu focuses on tapas-style plates and charcuterie with remarkable exceptions like an entire pig's head. The beer and wine menu is extensive and includes a broad range of both domestic and European options. Refrigerators full of beer bottles line one wall, and patrons are invited to pluck their choices right out. This is a great date spot as long as neither of you are into the whole veggie-only thing.

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19. Mile End Sandwich 53 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Mile End Sandwich provides standing room communal tables to taste their wide variety of smoked and cured fish and meats, pickled goods, and even some freshly baked rolls, breads, and bagels.

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20. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

The NoMad features a glass ceiling-topped atrium, a stand-up bar area, a "library" (for sipping on French wines), and a Victorian parlour with burgundy rugs and velvet chairs.

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21. Talde 369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Talde showcases eponymous owner and chef Dale Talde's (of Top Chef fame) BBQ prowess in dishes like BBQ platters piled with brisket, pork shoulder, smoked bacon, shrimp, and black pepper-butter toast. Desserts swing weirdly awesome, from potato chip-crusted cookies with caramel ganache to a shaved ice sundae topped with Cap'n Crunch.

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22. Hometown Bar-B-Que 454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Pitmaster Billy Durden's Brooklyn-waterfront BBQ joint's smoking some seriously delicious meats, like authentic Texas-style brisket and St. Louis-style ribs.

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23. Pok Pok Ny 117 Columbia St, New York, NY 11231

Pok Pok Ny's menu sports some of the original Portland location's greatest hits (chicken wings, spicy pork bone soup w/ smoked frog legs, whiskey-marinated soy/honey/ginger baby backs…), plus newness including a rotisserie La Belle Rouge hen stuffed with lemongrass, garlic & cilantro, and a garlic-/coriander-rubbed Mangalitsa boar collar.

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24. Dominique Ansel Bakery 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

This bakery on Spring is producing incredible treats, namely The Cronut.

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25. Estela 47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10003

From sommelier Thomas Carter, chef Ignacio Mattos (formerly of Isa), and Mark Connell (Botanica) comes this modern spot on Houston where you can sip on wine, while snacking on small plates like burrata with radishes, raw scallops with fennel, and beef tartare.

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26. Uncle Boon's 7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Located in charming Nolita, Uncle Boons's a Thai rotisserie and grill serving up authentic bites that you're encouraged to eat with your hands (!).

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27. Khe-Yo 157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Marc Forgione brings New York one of its only Laotian restaurants with Khe-Yo, a dark, moody space serving up pretty, traditional dishes -- crunchy coconut rice, skewered quail, an amazing little thing called "bang bang sauce" -- from this under-repped SE Asian country.

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28. Carbone 181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

From Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, this Italian-American spot's serving favorites like Lobster Fra Diavola and Veal Marsala.

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29. El Toro Blanco 257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

El Toro Blanco is plating pan-Mexican eats in a modernish Southwestern vibe'd space, featuring cowhide barstools and plenty of made-to-order guac, Mexican corn, tacos, and 75+ tequilas/mezcals.

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30. Houston Hall 222 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014

Houston Hall's a gargantuan new West Village suds-temple boasting 10 tap brews made exclusively for it, huge communals amongst exposed beams, gigantic old window, old-timey coal ovens, and exposed brick walls.

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31. The Marrow 99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

The Marrow's a West Village contemporary Italian-German resto serving up braised brisket "braciole" w/ Pecorino & red sauce and Germanic plates like pan-fried duck schnitzel w/ quark spaetzle & wolfberries.

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32. Perla 24 Minetta Lane, New York, NY 10012

At Perla, indulge in Italian fare from the former Manzo chef, whose meat-forward dishes include beef tongue with cannellini beans & broccoli rabe, lobster with caviar & leek vinaigrette, and pancetta-wrapped rabbit.

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33. Piora 430 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

This 55-seat West Village resto is headed by Chef Chris Cipollone and Simon Kim who're bringing you a modern American menu that's also inspired by Italian, French, and Korean cuisines, which you can pair with their extensive wine list, creative cocktails, whiskeys, brandies, and Champagne-based 'tails.

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34. RedFarm 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Get creative with Chinese at RedFarm, which's serving up Katz's pastrami egg rolls, steamed lobster, and pan-fried beef wonton cakes. Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose La Poire "I’m A Pepper Too" with muddled black peppercorns or a Bombay Sapphire "Lavender Mumbai" with tarragon for $16.

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35. Tertulia 359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10012

Tertulia serves up Spanish tapas (from Iberico ribs to grilled clams) alongside much larger platters (bomba rice with sepia, lobster, and clams) in an exposed beam- and weathered brick-heavy space on 6th Ave.

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36. Umami Burger 432 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

LA's famous burger joint's finally in NYC's West Village so you can experience their flavor-packed patties without booking a flight.

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37. Aska 90 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Scandinavian joint's tasting menu changes daily, but the impressively artistic bar menu's always available and isn't exactly "cheeseburgers": choose among bites like pork belly and heart w/ parsnips & anchovies, and poached egg w/ black kale.

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38. BrisketTown 359 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dan Delaney's BBQ spot started as a pop-up and then, with people flocking to his unreal Texas-style brisket and BBQ, BrisketTown was built out as his full-on restaurant. And because "the wheel doesn't need to be reinvented", Delaney's serving classic Texas-style BBQ that's up there on the list of some of the best in NYC.

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39. Shalom Japan 310 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This spot's exactly what the name implies: a combination of Japanese and Jewish food, which, by the way, is awesome. Their plates -- like Panko Caraway lamb ribs or pastrami-stuff chicken -- are meant to be shared so order a bunch to try a bit of everything, then wash it down with your choice of wine, beer, or 'tails.

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40. The Shanty 79 Richardson St, New York, NY 11211

The brick-walled Shanty classes up consumption via a large white-oak-and-steel bar, an antique still, and a window overlooking the fully operational distillery's "beautiful, brand-new Christian CARL still".

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41. Han Dynasty 90 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Han Dynasty is an East Village haven for Szechuan grub and a good time.

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42. Yuji Ramen 95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Yuji has some of the best ramen options South of 14th St -- tucked inside Whole Foods, the menu changes often and features things like a bacon egg mazemen.

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43. Betony 41 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Betony is a new-American, chic grubspot that's doling out fresh and innovative eats in a 35-seat bar and lounge, and 85-seat dining room.

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44. The Elm 160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Elm is a spot in Williamsburg that's doling out French/new American eats.

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45. ZZ's Clam Bar 169 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

This upscale seafood spot offers up small-plate specials featuring a variety of raw bar items, including a large selection of oysters. And should spirits be your ambition, they also present a refined menu of original cocktails.

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46. Sweet Chick 164 Bedford Ave, New York, NY 11211

Sweet Chick is a the place to score chicken and waffles, plus other Southern-inspired soul foods. The one-room Williamsburg space has a down-country, homey feel with a huge blackboard, waffle irons dangling from the walls, and wainscoting salvaged from a retired fireman in Bed Stuy. But the main draw here is the soul food -- the fried chicken is made in a sweet tea brine, a house spice blend, and comes with biscuit and collard slaw. And of course you need to pair it with waffles, which come in flavors like bacon and cheddar or mushroom and rosemary. Sweet Chick also has a killer pork tenderloin, sloppy joe's, mac n' cheese, and the best mistake ever: jerky fries that the chef accidentally discovered one day when there was some extra jerky around. And because it wouldn't be southern food without dessert, save room for double chocolate pudding, or the most simple and awesome thing ever: cookies and milk. Rounding things out is the menu of southern-inspired cocktails -- drink moonshine out of mason jars, or order yourself a "Tiger Woods, Y'all," made from cognac, honey bourbon, and a Arnold Palmer soda specially made by Brooklyn Soda Works.

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47. St. Anselm 355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

St. Anselm features an ultra-lacquered front bar, a curvy, jigsaw-esque slatted ceiling, fixtures made of table saw blades, and walls of exposed brick/barnyard wood covered with photos of the owner's grandpa and more vintage saws.

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