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ABC Kitchen

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

While plenty of New York restaurants have lately made the environment a priority—sourcing their ingredients locally and crafting dining rooms from salvaged materials—none have done so with quite as much visual and gastronomic panache as chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new ABC Kitchen. The

  1. ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E 18th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South, 10003
  2. Average main course: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Balthazar

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Not only is the iconic Balthazar still trendy, but the kitchen rarely makes a false step. At dinner, the place is perennially packed with rail-thin lookers dressed to the nines. But the bread is great, the food is good, and the service is surprisingly friendly. The $99 three-tiered seafood platter

  1. 80 Spring St, between Broadway and Crosby St, 10012
  2. Average main course: $23. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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The NoMad

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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In the golden age of robber baron New York—we’re talking turn of the last century—there were hotel restaurants like the NoMad all across the city, their grand dining rooms buzzing with beau monde patrons morning till night. The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip

  1. 1170 Broadway, at 28th St
  2. Average main course: $32. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Jack's Wife Freda

  • Price band: 2/4

Keith McNally protégé Dean Jankelowitz (Schiller's, Pastis, Balthazar) is behind this morning-to-evening café. The 40-seat restaurant—sporting dark-green leather banquettes, brass railings and marble counters—serves homey fare, like Jankelowitz's grandmother's matzo ball soup made with duck

  1. 224 Lafayette St, between Kenmare and Spring Sts, 10012
  2. Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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Dirty French

  • Rated as: 3/5

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. The same restaurateurs, however, are a completely different story, particularly when you’re Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, the ball-swinging trio who’ve turned Major Food Group into a hit-making machine, captivating critic and

  1. 180 Ludlow St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Average main course: $24. AmEx, M, V
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Sarabeth's Central Park South

Find Sarabeth Levine's legendary baked goods at the base of Central Park.

  1. 40 Central Park South, 10019
  2. $30 and under
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Keens Steakhouse

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

The ceiling and walls are hung with pipes, some from such long-ago Keens regulars as Babe Ruth, J.P. Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt. Even in these nonsmoking days, you can catch a whiff of the restaurant’s 120-plus years of history. Beveled-glass doors, two working fireplaces and a forest’s worth

  1. 72 W 36th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10018
  2. Average main course: $37. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Osteria Morini

  • Price band: 2/4
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Chef Michael White (Alto, Marea) is one of New York’s most prolific and successful Italian-American chefs, and this terrific downtown homage to a classic Bolognese tavern is the most accessible restaurant in his stable. The toque spent seven years cooking in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, and his

  1. 218 Lafayette St, between Broome and Spring Sts
  2. Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V
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The Commodore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

First came the gastropub, an import from Britain featuring upmarket pub grub in an ale-drinking setting. Now, welcome the gastrodive, which further blurs the lines between restaurant and bar. The Commodore in Williamsburg, with its old arcade games, Schlitz in a can and stereo pumping out the

  1. 366 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Average main course: $9
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Beyond Sushi

  • Price band: 1/4

Former caterer Guy Vaknin doles out vegan sushi at this diminutive Gramercy spot. At three wood tables, diners choose from colorful rolls packed with fruits and vegetables from nearby Union Square Greenmarket. Combos include the Crunch N’ Munch (alfalfa, baked tofu, English cucumber and kiwi) and

  1. 229 E 14th St, between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Average sushi roll: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Tertulia

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

New York is spoiled rotten with top-shelf trattorias, great casual spots for weekday Italian, where the food is fresh but not fussy, and you don’t have to think much about what’s on your plate. But most of the city isn’t as blessed with the Spanish equivalent. A few years back, chef Seamus

  1. 359 Sixth Ave, between Washington Pl and W 4th St
  2. Average small plate: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Del Posto

  • Price band: 3/4
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Mario Batali has the toughest act to follow in New York dining: himself. I’ve eaten at his Italian restaurants—Babbo, Lupa, Esca and Otto—over two dozen times and never had a bad meal. Consistent excellence, and relentless Food Network appearances, have turned molto Mario into the most

  1. 85 Tenth Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts
  2. Average main course: $29. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Locanda Verde

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Robert De Niro is no restaurant-biz neophyte. It’s true that Ago, the train-wreck trattoria he opened last year in Tribeca, was savaged by critics. But like a savvy restaurateur, instead of tweaking the place into the ground, the impresario-actor simply scuttled the project and started over from

  1. 377 Greenwich St, between Franklin and North Moore Sts
  2. Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V
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Perla

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A young chef can go only so far in the shadow of a superstar. Many of the cooks running New York’s top kitchens toil in obscurity for years—at restaurants like Jean Georges, Daniel and Babbo—keeping their egos at bay until an opportunity presents itself for a stage of their own. But Michael

  1. 24 Minetta Ln, between Sixth Ave and MacDougal St, 10012
  2. Average main course: $27. AmEx, MC, V
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St. Anselm

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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As cooking methods go, grilling may be the ultimate American art form. But New York restaurants, hamstrung by tight urban quarters (and by the Building and Fire Departments), rarely explore its smoky, greaseless, flame-licked potential. St. Anselm in Williamsburg may be the city's most impressive

  1. 355 Metropolitan Ave, between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts
  2. Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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