The coolest bars and restaurants in town

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The coolest bars and restaurants in town
The coolest bars and restaurants in town

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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

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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CHELSEA/MEATPACKING

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

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

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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GRAMERCY

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

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

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

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.

MURRAY HILL

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

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

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

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

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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SOHO/ NOLITA

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.

TRIBECA

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

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.

WILLIAMSBURG

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 (East Village)

You won't find any mixers, sugars, or juices in this tiny, tile-covered sleeve -- just a bitters/amaro-heavy focus on truly classic, uncorrupted cocktails. Head-man-behind-the-rail Sother Teague also peddles everything you need to stock your home bar and make the same exact drinks he does (but probably not as well!).

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2. Edi & The Wolf 102 Ave C, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

The barn-style interior of Edi & The Wolf captures the causal feel of an Austrian wine-tavern. With its quirky, industrial-chic secret patio and a menu of braised short ribs, wiener schnitzel, and goat cheese ravioli, this Lower East Side joint is unlike any other. Try the Austrian cinnamon sugar-caramelized pancake bites with grapefruit, or get a four-course prix fixe with options like English pea dip (with flatbread crisps and ricotta salata), roasted lamb (with mint jus and potatoes).

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3. Empire Biscuit 198 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

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 (Alphabet City)

A dark Alphabet City cocktail parlor named after the concept of a dreamy woman with "many layers," Evelyn features libations like the Hoochie Coochie Mama w/ gin, rye, Cynar, sherry & Cajun bitters. Head here for a date or drinks with friends -- there's plenty of sitting and standing room and cozy booth seating.

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5. Pouring Ribbons 225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

This cocktail lounge, tucked into a wood-paneled, second-floor space, brings an upscale-meets-gentlemen's club feel to Alphabet City. Expert bartenders mix drinks like you’ve never tasted before, like a coconut Tiki martini and an old-fashioned with bourbon, apple brandy, and rum. The bar bites menu, created by the folks at Beecher’s Cheese, is heavy on the cheese and charcuterie.

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6. The Wayland 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

From a duo that spent many years bartending, cooking, and consulting in the restaurant business, The Wayland is a live-music cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City that aces the neighborhood watering hole game. Connected to the bar is a kitchen that specializes in small plates like raw (or fried) oysters, pork belly BLTs, and fried mashed potatoes. The cocktails reflect a DIY approach, with hours of prep work just to produce house-made radish, spiced apple, and key lime-flavored bitters.

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

After establishing the first Toro in Boston, chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette brought their tapas operation to New York. Set in a warehouse-like space on the western edge of Chelsea, Toro serves shareable Spanish plates that revolve around meat and seafood. To experience the full menu, start with a house cocktail and a few pinchos before moving on to hot and cold tapas, like chorizo chickpea stew and Galician octopus with potatoes. Be sure to save room for the paella, made the traditional Valencia way with shrimp, mussels, clams, chorizo, and chicken.

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8. The Dead Rabbit 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

The Dead Rabbit is a cocktail sanctum, taproom, small-plates resto, and "grocery." This Irish-American-inspired duplex in the Financial District -- boasting vintage saloon-like vibes and decor -- will make you feel as if you've traveled back in time. The taproom, which is located on the ground floor, is a traditional Anglo-Hibernian pub, where you can order craft beers, bottled punch, and a variety of whiskeys. If you walk upstairs you'll find the parlor, with an ambiance equally as charming as the pub, but with a heavier focus on communal punch and cocktails. The small "grocery" is actually a corner in the taproom, where they sell an assortment of dry goods, but most notably Irish and British imports that are otherwise hard to find.

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9. Booker and Dax 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Hailing from the same culinary genius that begot New York City's most renowned bowl of ramen, Booker and Dax serves classed-up cocktails with innovative twists. Look for this creative spirit in the simplest of cocktails, like the Banana Justino, which is prepared via a centrifugal spinning process that separates the flavors from the solids that deliver them. The just-large-enough space keeps party groups at bay, so you can properly focus on your milk-washed tea vodka and all its complex, lemon-ey goodness.

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10. Empellon Cocina 105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

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 (East Village)

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 (East Village)

This fast-casual BBQ joint has multiple outposts in the city, but the original holds strong at its 6th Street East Village location, bringing the sweet smell of smoked meat to 2nd Avenue. There's a real authentic flavor here, whereas many BBQ spots in the city have an artificial smokiness to their meat. The fall-apart brisket at Mighty Quinns doesn't even require sauce, but you might want to add one of the local drafts on tap to your order.

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13. Proletariat 102 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village bar is a craft beer hideaway from the, uh, hustle and bustle of St. Mark's. The bartenders are well-versed in the world of rare and unusual brews, so tell them what you like and let them decide the rest. The small and narrow space isn't great for groups, but it's definitely a place to catch up with a friend, take a super-casual date, or have a solo sip to take the day off.

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

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 MilkAndHoneyReservations@gmail.com.

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15. Tørst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Started by a consortium of "hardcore beer and food" types (including a Momofuku research lab chef, a former beer sommelier from DBGB, and the guy behind Evil Twin Brewing), this temple to all things brew is dedicated to bringing you some of the tastiest and rarest suds. Torst is a Danish bar boasting over 20 carefully-selected beers, which are all kept fresh through a high-tech, temperature-regulating system.

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16. Mission Chinese Food 171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The New York outpost of Danny Bowien's buzzy Chinese restaurant had a shaky start in the city -- after opening on Orchard Street in 2012, the restaurant closed down due to landlord issues and relocated to East Broadway. The Lower East Side spot is a destination for trendy and original Chinese food, far different from what you'll find at the family-owned banquet halls in Chinatown. Some dishes are spicy Szechuan, but for the most part, the menu draws from all over China and just about everywhere else (there's pizza on the menu). Make sure you get the fried rice, it's unbelievable.

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

With a whopping 150-deep whiskey list, AW is one of (if not the best) whiskey bars in the city. On the food menu, you'll find things like lamb “lollipops” with grape pepper glaze and crushed pine nuts, as well as beef brisket sliders that are way better than they need to be. The 6,500sqft space is conveniently located one block from Madison Square Garden and is especially great for lunch and dinner, or a post-game glass of whiskey.

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18. The Cannibal 113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

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 (Noho)

An offshoot of the popular Boerum Hill original, this New York-by-way-of-Montreal resto in NoHo is a modern reinvention of traditional style Kosher delis. Serving up pastrami and other smoked meats, Mile End is known for its massive sandwiches, matzo ball soup, and latkes. Poutine and other classic Canadian snacks are also featured on the inventive, carb-heavy menu.

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20. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.

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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 Durney's Red Hook BBQ joint's smoking some seriously delicious meats, like authentic Texas-style brisket and St. Louis-style ribs. Hometown doesn't stop at plain old barbecue though: the menu is inspired by Durney's childhood spent eating at international food carts along Flatbush Avenue, so options like lamb belly bánh mì and Vietnamese hot wings make the cut as well.

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

Andy Ricker's Michelin-starred restaurant on Brooklyn's Columbia Street Waterfront specializes in Northern Thai food, a regional cuisine that favors pork and deep-frying over spiciness and coconut milk. Pok Pok's menu is filled with family-style plates like deep-fried pork riblets, minced pork salad with crispy fried garlic, and insanely good chicken wings, deep-fried and coated in fish sauce. There's usually a wait at peak dinner times, especially for a table on the back patio in the summer.

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

Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s eponymous SoHo bakeshop is best known as the birthplace of the Cronut, a croissant-doughnut mash-up that attracts lines of tourists every morning. There’s a limit of two Cronuts per customer, but luckily the hybrid pastry isn’t all Ansel has in store. The shop sells bite-size fruit tarts, rich chocolate cookies, and Ansel’s other signature sweet, the kouign amann.

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

From sommelier Thomas Carter, Chef Ignacio Mattos (formerly of Isa), and Mark Connell (Botanica), Estela is a tiny Houston St walk-up focusing on carefully constructed small plates like burrata with radishes, raw scallops with fennel, and beef tartare. Part-bar, part-restaurant, Estela is also known for a serious wine list.

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26. Uncle Boons 7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Unlike the countless generic pad Thai and pineapple fried rice spots around town, this Michelin-starred basement bungalow serves authentic Thai cuisine broken up into drinking snacks, small plates, large plates, and dishes off the charcoal grill. The Khao Soi Kaa Kai is an absolute must -- a steaming bowlful of yellow curry-soaked noodles and an almost impossibly tender chicken drumstick. Frozen beer slushies pair well with spicier dishes, and the small, always-packed space lends itself to trading a caramelized riblet for a bite of garlic-coated pea shoots with a nearby neighbor.

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

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 (Greenwich Village)

With all due respect to Italian grandmothers everywhere, Carbone -- under the leadership of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick -- may just have the best red sauce, ever. It's not a surprise that this Greenwich Village restaurant requires a reservation a month in advance. If you can get in, be sure to order the outstanding spicy rigatoni vodka. You can believe the Instagram hype.

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29. El Toro Blanco 257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

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 (West Village)

This massive beer hall in the West Village serves 10 craft beers brewed by Greenpoint Brewing Company, the same company that produces beer for Heartland Brewery. On weeknights, its long picnic tables are occupied by corporate happy hour crews whose members may or may not overlap with the frat crowd that takes over on the weekend. The bar food is far from basic, featuring grilled cheese from one of New York’s OG food trucks, Milk Truck.

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31. The Marrow 99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

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 (West Village)

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 (West Village)

Taking its name from the word "to blossom" in Korean, Piora's menu is a lively mash-up of Italian and Korean cuisines and fittingly features plenty of veggie-centric, farm-fresh fare. Housed in a West Village townhouse, the ground-floor dining room is intimate with 32 seats and great cocktails, and overlooks a beautiful private garden. You’re gonna want to get the signature bucatini with black garlic, Dungeness crab, maitake mushrooms, and chilies.

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34. RedFarm 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This brick-walled West Village eatery serves up modern iterations on dim sum in a lively and trendy rustic setting. Snag a seat at a communal table and snack on quirky comestibles like egg rolls made with Katz's pastrami and shrimp-stuffed jalapeño poppers. Mains are hearty and run the gamut from cold noodles to fried rice dishes. For the most part, seasonal ingredients set the course of the menu, which changes regularly.

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35. Tertulia 359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

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 (West Village)

LA's famous burger joint's finally in NYC's West Village so you can experience their flavor-packed patties without booking a flight. You need to stop by and see for yourself why Umami Burger is always topping our list of recommended burger joints in both LA and NYC.

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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

This pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar serves up classic Texas-style brisket, ribs, and BBQ. Its fatty cuts are especially memorable, but the tender bite and peppery bark of most of the meats will have you coming back for a ton more. Your taste buds could be satiated with a carnivorous entree alone, but sides like tangy collard greens and creamy mac 'n cheese round out the savory, umami-ful experience.

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

This Williamsburg fusion Japanese-Jewish spot marries the heritage cuisines of the shop's married owners, with plates like Panko Caraway lamb ribs and pastrami chicken that are meant to be shared, and paired with your choice of wine, beer, or cocktails. In keeping with the fusion cuisine, the decor is also a cultural mix, with highlights like a high-tech Japanese toilet, Star of David kosher soap, and Japanese lantern-esque lighting that romantically softens the whole space.

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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 (East Village)

Han Dynasty is an East Village haven for Sichuan fare that ranges from mild to fiery and maintains a reasonable price range. The wooden tables are brightly polished and adorned with chopsticks in red paper, and the dining counter has lucky coins embedded in its top. There's a vibrant, homestyle feel to the food and diners are clued into the cooking process with certain menu items like the dan dan noodles, which are tossed tableside.

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42. Yuji Ramen 95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

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 (Midtown West)

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 (Greenwich Village)

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

One of the best steakhouses in NYC, this rustic Williamsburg spot has probably the least amount of frills than any other in the city, focusing all its attention on simple, beautifully grilled meats and seafood. It's mainly a dinner spot during the week, but Saturdays and Sundays turn out a solid lunch.

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47. Sweet Chick 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Brooklyn favorite's LES location has some of the best chicken & waffle combos in the entire city. Creations in the past have included chicken and Parm waffles and a special, weekend-only chicken & foieffles, and definitely don't sleep on the tasty cocktails, which are all original creations.

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