Food & Drink

The coolest bars and restaurants in town

Umami Burger

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.

ALPHABET CITY

Amor y Amargo nyc

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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Edi & The Wolf

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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Empire Biscuit
Andrew Zimmer

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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Evelyn Drinkery

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 Joaquín Simó, 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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CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

Toro

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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DOWNTOWN

The Dead Rabbit nyc

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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EAST VILLAGE

Booker and Dax nyc

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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Empellon Cocina

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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han dynasty

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.

L'Apicio

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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Mighty Quinn's
Kimberly Mufferi Photography

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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Proletariat

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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Yuji Ramen

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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GRAMERCY

MILK AND HONEY

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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GREENPOINT

Torst/ Luksus

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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LOWER EAST SIDE

Mission Chinese Food

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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MIDTOWN

American Whiskey

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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betony
Burcu Atalay Tankut

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.

MURRAY HILL

The Cannibal

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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NOHO

Mile End Sandwich

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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NOMAD

NoMad

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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PARK SLOPE

talde

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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REDHOOK/ COLUMBIA ST. WATERFRONT

homeTown

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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Pok Pok Ny

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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SOHO/ NOLITA

Dominique Ansel Bakery

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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Estela

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.

Uncle Boon's

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.

TRIBECA

khe-yo

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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WEST VILLAGE

carbone nyc

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.

El Toro Blanco

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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Houston Hall

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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The Marrow

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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perla

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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RedFarm

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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Tertulia

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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Umami Burger

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.

WILLIAMSBURG

aska nyc

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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BrisketTown
Kimberly Mufferi Photography

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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Shalom Japan

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.

The Shanty

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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St. Anselm

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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Sweet Chick

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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The Elm

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.