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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczPrime boneless short rib at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

New York food resolutions that everyone needs to keep this year

Written by
Christina Izzo

Work out more, eat less junk—every new year, you plot out the same tired resolutions. But this year, we've got some food-and-drink goals that New Yorkers' discerning diners can happily keep up well into 2016.

Welcome the newbies
Year 2015 saw plenty of top-notch new restaurants debut around town, from the modern Korean at Oiji to the white-clothed Alsatian at Gabriel Kreuther. Spice up a dinner out by trading one of your restaurant mainstays for a fresh newcomer. 

But appreciate the oldies, too
If the past year taught us anything, it's that no restaurant, no matter how beloved, is safe from high rents and even higher condominiums. (R.I.P. wd~50, Cafe Edison, et al.) Keep your golden-oldie favorites off of the shutter list by showing them love in 2016. 

Build a better brunch
New York may never outgrow its penchant for fratty bottomless brunch but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. Instead, give your hangover's favorite meal a civilized upgrade with a crab-legs-and-cocktails Bloody Mary Platter at Grand Army or a perusal of the not-so-traditional dim-sum carts newly rolled out at Mission Chinese Food. 

Embrace the veg
If "eating more greens" is on your 2016 to-do list, you're in luck—2015 gifted New York with veg-forward eateries like Avant GardenDirt Candy and Superiority Burger. Because eating those greens inside of a cheese-smothered veggie burger totally counts, right? 

Drink less (and spend less on) booze
Looking to lessen those aforementioned hangovers? Opt for a shorty, or a a short-pour cocktail. A section of the menu at the Up & Up is dedicated to $8 "Halfies" like the Slam Busy (gin, Montenegro, aquavit), and this year's resurrected Holiday Cocktail Lounge offers dark and stormy and Long Island Ice Tea shorties on tap for only five bucks.

Break out of your culinary comfort zone
Never tried Hawaiian? Check out Noreetuh. Haven't ventured into the smoky depths of Korean bulgogi? Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong's got your back. Still have no freakin' clue what okonomiyaki is? Okiway and Bar Goto are here to translate. Go, explore and, most importantly, eat.

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