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NEW YORK: An Insider's Guide
By Tejal Rao and Antoinette Bruno

A list is in circulation. It comes from the StarChefs’ office in New York.

"I'm coming to New York for the weekend!" industry friends write in, "where should I go?" So began the list of our editorial team's favorite hole-in-the-wall noodle joints, comfy neighborhood brasseries, and ultra-chic fine dining rooms. This September, we celebrate our 2006 New York Rising Stars and the future of New York’s culinary scene. At the same time, our first International Chefs Congress brings the world’s most influential and innovative chefs from Paris, London, Barcelona, Mexico City and beyond, to present the latest techniques and culinary concepts to their chef peers here in New York. It seemed like the perfect time to get the list in shape for company.

Easier said than done.

How to categorize the huge scope of our favorite New York restaurants? The lines that used to clearly divide savory chef from pastry chef and classic cooking from progressive cooking are decidedly blurry. And in New York it's more complicated than ever to group restaurants strictly by cuisine. New York chefs explore, experiment, and systematically break down the simple genres we use to classify them. Even those reliably Classic French establishments, once caught in a culinary time warp, have younger teams sneaking unusual techniques and flavor combinations into daring dishes.

Categorizing chefs by cuisine alone can conflict with the process of reinvention and evolution that epitomizes the vibrant New York food scene. So we decided to set up our insider's guide to the culinary universe of Manhattan by neighborhood. The second menu is designed to help you choose the restaurant best suited for your budget and your mood—because New Yorkers know "chic" means one thing uptown, and another thing entirely downtown...But regardless of whether you choose the luxurious white tablecloths and champagne trolleys uptown, or the more low-key, unfussy, fine dining that defines downtown, you’re sure to find a fantastic meal at our favorite dives and splurges. The secret’s out! Be sure to read the »Chefs Recommend« list to see where our New York Rising Stars eat on their night off.

Kings of New York:
rulers of fine dining

Alain Ducasse at the Essex House
Per Se
Le Bernardin
Jean Georges

Uptown Chic:
stylish uptown dining

The Modern
Café Gray

Power Lunching:
classy brasseries

DB Bistro Moderne

Just in the Neighborhood:
casual and cozy
classy brasseries

The Harrison
The Tasting Room
Le Zie

Downtown Chic:
classy joints with good eats

A Voce
Fleur de Sel

New New York:
modern Asian

Nobu 57
Spice Market
Bao 111

Degrees of Japanese:
classic and modern

Gyu Kaku
Kuruma Zushi

Little India:
with a little twist

Tabla’s Bread Bar

The Little Plate that Could:
small plate style

Tia Pol
Casa Mono
Stanton Social
Las Ramblas

The City that Never Sleeps:
delicious late nights

Room 4 Dessert
Blue Smoke

Fairytale New York:
most romantic spot


Blue Hill

Scrapple from the Apple:
hole-in-the-wall joints

Fatty Crab
Dimsum GoGo
Oriental Garden
Kuma Inn

New York State of Mind:

Flatiron Lounge
Pegu Club
Temple Bar

Quick Fixes:
fast food favorites

Shake Shack
Uncle Moe’s Burrito and Taco Shop
Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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Time Warner

Café Gray

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019-1158
212 823 6338
Monday-Saturday 7:30am-11am, 11:30am-2:30pm
Monday-Tuesday 5:30pm-10
Wednesday-Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 11am-3pm

The food: Chef Gray Kunz serves elegant and light food informed by his Swiss International background and accented with a bold but careful use of spices
The scene: Critics grumble about Kunz’ kitchen blocking their views of Central Park, but at Café Gray the beautiful kitchen and the delicious plates that come from it are the view! Real foodies go for the inside-the-kitchen views and always excellent food.
What to order: Dishes that show off Kunz’ appreciation and expert use of spices; Kalamansi-Cured Kampachi with Soba Noodles and Flying Fish Roe; Skate Schnitzel with Cucumber Potato Salad, Pumpkin Seeds and Brown Butter

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Per Se

10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
212 823 9335
Monday-Wednesday 5:30pm-10pm
Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11:30am-1:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm

The food: Thomas Keller’s comeback to New York with his signature French-inspired fine dining
The scene: Luxurious, elegant, ultra-fine dining
What to order: The Chef’s Tasting Menu, Mediterranean Turbot “Roti sur Dos,” Peas and Carrots

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80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023
212 805 8881
Monday-Friday 7am-10:30am, 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Saturday 8am-10:30am, 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 8am-10:30am, 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-8:30pm

The food: Slick, modern Japanese
The scene: Everything at Asiate is beautiful—from the outstanding views over Central Park to the fabulous service and the stunning food on the plate
What to order: Pan Roasted Branzino with Risotto; Caesar Salad Soup; Scallop Tartare

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Upper East Side


309 E 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm-10pm

The food: Chef Hitoshi Kagawa, formerly of Kai, presents the art of sushi as well as home style Japanese cooking
The scene: Donguri is small and matter-of-fact, simple and good traditional Japanese
What to order: Sushi and Sashimi

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60 E 65TH St
New York, NY 10021-7056
(212) 288-0033
Monday-Saturday 5:45pm-11pm
Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm

The food: Daniel Boulud’s French fine dining landmark
The scene: A splendid, fancy dining room for really special occasions—regulars need an Upper Eastside pocketbook
What to order: Curried Cream of Caulifower and Apple Soup; Tomato Tarte Tatin
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34 E 61st St
New York, NY 10021
212 319 1660
Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Saturday 5pm-11pm

The food: Dante Bocuzzi’s progressive American food under the influence of Charlie Palmer
The scene: Chic and beautiful--jackets required!
What to order: Orzo Pasta Risotto with Forest Mushrooms and Garlic Scapes; Confit of Lamb and Garlic Scapes with Preserved Lemons and Watercress
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Upper West Side

Japanese Snapper with Sea Beans and Lavender on StarChefs.com

Japanese Snapper with Sea Beans and Lavender

Jean Georges
Trump International Hotel and Tower
1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
212 299 3900
Monday-Friday: Noon-2:30pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm-11pm
Friday, Saturday: 5:15pm-11pm

The food: Calling Jean Georges "French-inspired fine dining" would only be half the story. The cornerstone restaurant of Vogerichten's empire showcases a studied interest in the heightened experience of flavors and textures with luxurious service to match
The scene: Trendy black and white décor from the floor to the soaring white ceilings
What to order: Sea Trout Sashimi with Lemon and Olive Oil Foam and Horseradish; Japanese Snapper with White Sesame Vinaigrette, Lavender, and Sea Beans
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Nobu 57

Uni Chawan Mushi at Nobu 57 on StarChefs.com

Uni Chawan Mushi at Nobu 57

40 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
212 757 3000
Monday-Friday 6pm-11pm
Saturday-Sunday 6pm-12am

The food: Matt Hoyle's inspired take on Classic Japanese, Nobu style
The scene: Huge and bustling dining room and bar
What to order: Let Hoyle cook the Omikase Menu for you and be sure to ask for the Uni Chawan Mushi, a sea urchin custard, and the Seared Arctic Char. But save room for dessert!

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Bar Chef Junior Merino's Ginger Passion Margarita at The Modern on StarChefs.com

Bar Chef Junior Merino's Ginger
Passion Margarita at The Modern

The Modern
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
212 333 1220
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11pm

The food: Alsace native Chef Gabriel Kreuther, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Jean Georges, has an ambitious, technique-driven style that results in beautifully balanced and interesting dishes with French roots and global touches
The scene: Huge floor-to-ceiling windows, larger-than-life skyscraper views inside MOMA
What to order: Hamachi and Green Papaya Tartare with Manila Clams and Ginger Vinaigrette; Sweetbreads Glazed with Chestnuts with Black Truffle Coulis

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Baby Beet Salad at Brasserie

100 E 53rd St
New York, NY 10022
212 751 4840
Monday-Thursday 7am-10am, 11:30am-12am
Friday 7am-10am, 11:30am-1am
Saturday 11am-1am
Sunday 11am-10pm

The food: Chef Franklin Becker’s playful take on French brasserie fare
The scene: Minimalist and ultra-modern styled space--the only thing reminiscent of a Brasserie is the noise level: high
What to order: Scallops with Pork Belly Confit; Baby Beet Salad with Baby Beet Puree

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Alain Ducasse at the Essex House

155 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019
212 265 7300
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm

The food: Chef Tony Esnault’s decadent Classic French dishes
The scene: Ultra-classic French dining room with all the stops pulled out
What to order: Foie Gras-Tapioca Ravioli with Truffles and Sunchoke Foam; Steamed Dover Sole with Tastov Leaves, Periwinkles, and Yellow Wine Sauce

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DB Bistro Moderne

55 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036-6609
212 391 2400
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm-2-15pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Wednesday 11:45pm-2:15pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Saturday-Sunday 5:30pm-11pm

The food: Olivier Muller heads Daniel Boulud’s updated French Bistro with pairings by Rising Star Sommelier Arnaud Devulder
The scene: Smart business lunches
What to order: The DB Bistro Moderne Hamburger

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65 E. 55th St.
New York, NY 10022
212 307 7311

Daily noon-2:30pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10-30pm
Friday, Saturday 5:15pm-10:30pm

The food: Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s playful and modern Swedish innovations
The scene: Modern and minimalist Scandinavian lounge
What to order: The Smorgasbord or Swedish Bites; The Calf’s Liver Pate Sandwich

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Lower East Side

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Carrot Coconut Sunny Side Up at WD-50

50 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002-2401
212 477 2900
Monday-Saturday 6pm-11pm
Sunday 6pm-10pm

The food: Chef Wylie Dufresne's experimental futuristic food and Pastry Chef Alex Stupak's equally innovative desserts
The scene: Understated
What to order: Beef Tongue; Foie and Nori; Pork Belly

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Kuma Inn

113 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
212 353 8866
Tuesday–Sunday 6 pm–midnight
Cash only

The food: Chef Phojanakong’s small plates inspired by his Thai and Philippino family with French accents
The scene: Casual, comfortable and not fussy with a great sake and rice wine menu

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Cocoa Flavoured Pappardelle on StarChefs.com

Cocoa Flavoured Pappardelle at Falai

68 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
212 253 1960
Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 6pm-11pm
Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm

The food: Chef Iacopo Falai's homemade Italian pastas, breads, and chocolates
The scene: Tiny 40-seat store front reminiscent of an old, white-tiled kitchen
What to order: The Gnudi; Rosemary Polenta with Chicken Livers, Hen of the Woods and House Pumpkin Croutons; Polipetti Baby Octopus with Cannelini Beans

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Shake Shack
Madison Ave. at 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
212 889 6600
April-November: Daily: 11:00am-11:00pm

The food: Locals line up on the street at all hours for Danny Meyers excellent burgers. The coffee milkshake and fries are a must!

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Uncle Moe’s Burrito and Taco Shop
14 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
212 727 9400

The food: Ultra-cheap burritos for those late night munchies

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Il Laboratorio del Gelato
95 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
212 343 9922
Hours: Sunday-Monday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm

The food: Gelato is serious business at Il Laboratorio, where an extensive menu of gelato and sorbet includes delicious and exotic flavors like wasabi, red bean, orange bitters, avocado and Guinness. Traditionalists needn’t worry: chocolate and vanilla are always available.

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98 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
212 614 0473
Monday-Friday 12pm-3am
Saturday-Sunday 10am-3am

The food: Authentic Italian small plates made with breads from Blue Ribbon Bakery
The scene: A busy neighborhood favorite, open-late and bustling all day
What to order: The Panini

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Stanton Social Burger at The Stanton Social on StarChefs.com

Stanton Social Burger at The Stanton Social

The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
888 287 3657
Sunday 11:30am-4pm, 5pm-2am
Monday-Wednesday 5pm-2am
Thursday-Friday 5pm-3am
Saturday 11:30am-4pm, 5pm-3am

The food: Chef Chris Santos' internationally boundless, eclectic small plates for sharing
The scene: Cozy groups with drinks splitting a variety of small plates
What to order: Nori Spiced Tuna Tartare Roll; Ancho-Caramel Glazed Pork Tenderloin; French Onion Soup Dumplings

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Las Ramblas

170 W 4th St
New York, NY 10014
646 415 7924
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-1am
Friday, Saturday 4pm-2am

The food: A fantasy line-up of traditional Spanish tapas with high-quality ingredients and perfect execution in New York Village style
The scene: A bustling hole-in-the-wall that seats no more than 25. Dark wooden tables, exposed brick walls and low lights.
What to order: Fideoa; Gambas; Ensalada de Pulpo; Chorizo con Alubias; Bacalao Salad with Marinated Eggplant; Croquetas

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Maremma – Trattoria Toscana

228 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10014
212 645 0200
Monday 5:30pm-10:15pm,
Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30pm-10:45pm
Thursday–Saturday 5:30pm-11:30

The food: Chef Cesare Casella’s Tuscan menu plays on the American frontier spirit and Italian rustic cooking
The scene: A truly Italian-American experience with interesting, whimsical touches
What to order: Rodeo; The Sloppy Gio; Bengodi; Jack Rabbit Salad

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203 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 995 9511
Dessert Bar: Wednesday-Sunday: 3:00pm-10:45pm
Closed: Monday-Tuesday

The scene: Don and Chika Tillman’s 20-seat eatery around an open kitchen serves dessert as a whole meal, in courses
What to order: The Prix Fixe for $12 which gets you an amuse-bouche, a dessert, and a tray of petit fours

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24 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011-8858
212 529 1700
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-11pm

The food: Chef Shea Gallante reinvents crudo with an excellent wine cellar
The scene: Understated Milano retro
What to order: Crudo; Capon-Truffle Tortellini with Natural Consommé and Sage Emulsion; Maine Soft Shell Lobster with Bacon, Cranberry Beans, and Pearl Onions

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154 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
212 989 7699
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11pm

The food: Chef Josh DeChellis' devil-may-care attitude works together with his interest in the elemental concepts of Japanese cooking to produce his own style of sophisticated and clean, Japanese-inspired cuisine
The scene: Sumile is the sleek, romantic equivalent of a modern bento box: a beautiful minimalist space divided up into cosy nooks
What to order: Poached Hamachi with Pickled Melon and Nori Salt; Kumamoto Oysters with Pineapple Vinegar, Tea Waffle with Bay Leaf Ice Cream and Blueberries

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34 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
212 475 2989
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-12:00am, Sunday: 5:00-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 5:00pm-6:30pm

The food: Cook-your-own Japanese Barbecue with a small fire pit at each table
The scene: Totally kid friendly and fun, interactive cooking and eating in a casual atmosphere
What to order: Ribeye; Mushrooms; Smores, which you roast yourself over a flame

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Blue Hill

75 Washington Pl
New York, NY 10011-9174
212 539 1776
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 5:30pm-10pm

The food: Dan Barber’s elegant, 100% seasonal and garden-fresh American fare
The scene: Quiet, romantic, but not stuffy
What to order: The dishes that show off seasonal produce grown at Stone Barns and the local meats and fish. Save room for the Chocolate Bread Pudding

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359 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
212 929 4774
Monday-Thursday 12pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Saturday 11am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-12am
Friday 12pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-12am
Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm

The food: Chef Tony Liu’s seasonal, barely manipulated, Italian small plates
The scene: Sit in the garden and enjoy this tiny, candlelit, neighborhood spot
What to order: On the weekend Liu’s German Pancake breakfast; Baked Eggs. Dinner: Beet and Blood Orange Salad; Serrano Ham Croquetas.

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Mas (farmhouse)

39 Downing St
New York, NY 10014
212 255 1790
Monday-Saturday 6pm-11:30pm with a limited menu til 4am

The food: Chef Galen Zamarra’s daily inspired, seasonal French and Creole fare
The scene: The best of both worlds: the feel of a snug downtown spot with fantastic fine dining and comfortable service
What to order: Grilled Striped Bass Skewered with Licorice, Zucchini-Mint Puree, and Fresh Cranberry Beans; Pistachio Ravioli with Blood Orange Sorbet

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170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
212 982 5089
Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-2:15pm, 4:45pm-11:30pm

The food: Elegant but low key rustic Italian cuisine with a lot of attention on seasonal ingredients, homemade pastas, and house-cured meats.
The scene: Great for a late night, lots of atmosphere
What to order: Sweetbreads with English Peas and Lemon Confit; Shaved Cremini Mushroom, Fennel and Arugula Salad; Fresh Pastas; House Cured Salumi, Testa and Coppa; Dates with Mascarpone

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240 W. 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Sunday: 4pm-11pm
Monday - Thursday: 5 pm-11:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 5 pm-12am

The food: Chef Frank Crispo’s fantastic Italian fare
The scene: Cozy neighborhood spot with an outdoor garden
What to order: Homemade gnocchi and ravioli; pot au chocolat

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775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
212 924 9700
Sunday-Thursday noon-11pm
Friday-Saturday noon-midnight

The food: Jonathon Waxman’s rustic Italian eatery
The scene: Hip Village diners fill this noisy, cool, converted garage and fill their bellies on a budget
What to order: House Duck Sausage; Oven Roasted Pork Cheek with Savoy Cabbage; Grilled Opah with Black and Green Olive Tapenade

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Temple Bar

332 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
212 925 4242

The scene: An interesting mix of old-school dark wood and new-school art and design, Temple Bar serves an amazing range of beers, cocktails, vodkas and gins.
What to order: The Lemondrop Martini

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403 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
646 602 1300
Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 6pm-11pm

The food: Chef Marco Canora’s excellent Florentine cuisine
The scene: Low-key, a great place for a date or a special occasion dinner
What to order: Fava-Pecorino Salad with Smoked Lamb Tenderloin

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Bao 111

111 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
212 254 7773
Monday-Saturday 6pm-2am
Sunday 6pm-12am

The food: Fun, super-spicy Vietnamese style nibbles and cocktails
The scene: Hip and loud
What to order: The Saketinis; Duck Confit Salad, Sambal Chili Spiced Octopus

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Pegu Club

77 W. Houston St., 2nd fl.
New York, NY 10012
212 473 7348
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-2:00am, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-4:00am
Closed: Monday

The scene: Audrey Saunders is squeezing her own fruit juices, pouring soda from bottles, and crafting her own infusions on a quest to keep true cocktail culture alive
What to order: The Pegu Club Cocktail

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194 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
212 965 9511
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 6pm-11pm, Sunday: 6pm-10pm
Wine bar: Tuesday-Sunday: 8pm-2am
Closed: Monday

The food: Frank DeCarlo’s rustic, authentically Italian peasant fare
The scene: Earthy, comfortable space with wooden beams, whitewashed brick walls, and open flames
What to ord
er: Any one of the crisp, wood oven pizzas; pasta dishes; offal dishes; Razor Clams

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The Tasting Room

264 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
212 358 7831
Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday: 5:30pm-2:00 am
Closed: Sunday and Monday

The food: Chef Colin Alevras serves elegant American dishes with French accents and the occasional homey surprise like Renee’s Grandmother’s Cheesecake
The scene: The cozy comfortable space is set up with small white tables and chairs and exposed brick walls
What to order: The Guinea Hen Terrine; The Fried Whole Blowfish
note: The Wine Bar & Cafe at 72 First Street is currently closed for renovations, and will re-open with expanded hours in fall 2006.

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Le Zie

172 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011-1809
212 206 8686

The food: Venetian trattoria fare, made-to-order, cheap and delicious
The scene: A charming hole-in-the-wall—make sure to reserve one of the tables in the back room, another world entirely from the front
What to order: Linguini with Clams, Garlic and Parsley; Fried Artichokes; Lamb Shank with Roasted Potatoes

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Tia Pol

205 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
212 675 8805

The food: Authentic Spanish small plates and amazing tapas from an absolutely miniscule kitchen
The scene: No reservations means waiting on the street at this happening, crowded tapas bar. When you do get in—and it’s worth the wait for the small plates—the long, narrow bar is crowded around the busy little kitchen.
What to order: Ham croquettes, Lamb Skewers, Fried Chickpeas

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369 W. 16th St.,
New York, NY 10011
Sunday-Wednesday 6pm-midnight
Thursday-Saturday 6pm-1am

The food: Chef Tadashi Ono returns to classic Japanese cooking with impeccable dishes that showcase traditional, quality seafood
The scene: The restaurant is simple and beautiful with the quiet and unassuming theater of the great chef and his dishes taking center stage
What to order: You won’t see it on the menu, but ask Chef Ono for the braised yellowtail collar

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210 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
212 343 7011
Sunday-Wednesday 6pm-12am
Thursday-Saturday 6pm-2am;
bar: Sunday-Wednesday 6pm-2am; Thursday-Saturday 6pm-4am

The food: Chef Brad Farmerie’s trendy, edgy food
The scene: A young, loud, and hip crowd make Public very much the scene
What to order: Smoked Coconut Laksa with Grilled Maya Prawns; Grilled Kangaroo on a Coriander Falafel with Tahini; Grilled Pork Belly with Eggplant, Cumin and Preserved Lemon

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Energy from Pastry Chef Will Goldfarb at Room 4 Dessert on StarChefs.com

Energy from Pastry Chef Will Goldfarb at Room 4 Dessert

Room 4 Dessert
17 Cleveland Pl
New York, NY 10012
212 941 5405
Monday-Thursday 8am-1pm, 6pm-12am
Friday-Saturday 8am-1pm, 6pm-1am

The food: Pastry Chef Will Goldfarb’s smart, beautiful, cutting-edge desserts
The scene: The sleek bar overlooks the open kitchen with modern 60’s design on the walls
What to order: Apples in Various States; White Chocolate Margarita; Energy

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281 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
212 226 4944
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday: 5:00pm-1:00am, Wednesday-Thursday: 5:00pm-2:00am; Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-3:00am

The scene: Ultra trendy Soviet Chic caviar and vodka bar with elegant Russian bar snacks
What to order: The Leninade; The Bohemian; The Pomegranate Martini; The Blood Orange Cocktail; The Sake Martini

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The Harrison

355 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm,
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm,
Sunday 5:00pm-10pm

The food: Brian Bistrong's simple, sincere American fare
The scene: Casual, fun, with bustling outdoor seating and views over the Hudson
What to order: Roasted Sea Scallops with Warm Potato Salad and Horseradish Foam; Chocolate Orange Vodka dessert

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397 Greenwich Street
(multiple locations, delivery)
New York, NY
212 780 0577
Monday-Thursday 7am-8:30pm
Friday 7pm-6pm
Saturday, Sunday 8:30am-6pm

The food: Tom Colicchio's vision finds fine dining made into accessible, tasty snacks and sandwiches
The scene: Wichcraft is all about delivery and lunch time pick-ups
What to order: The BLT

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Spice Market

403 W 13TH St
New York, NY 10014-1104
212 675 2322
Monday-Friday 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-12am
Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm, 5:30pm-12am

The food: Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s fun, spicy, Asian food
The scene: A totally hip scene with decadent, exotic Asian décor
What to order: Striped Bass with Wok Fried Napa Cabbage, Waterchestnut and Cucmber; Thai Tea Ice Cream Sandwich with Tamarind Sherbert

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Chili Crab at Fatty Crab on StarChefs.com

Chili Crab at Fatty Crab

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
212 352 3590
Tuesday-Wednesday, Sun 12pm-12am
Thursday-Saturday 12pm-4am

The food: Chef Zak Pelaccio serves delicious, inexpensive Malay street food
The scene: A bustling hole-in-the-wall packed with happy diners
What to order: The infamous Chili Crab; Fried Sardines; Grilled Scallops with Bonito Flakes and Pineapple; Pork Belly Salad with Pickled Watermelon

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Shikaimaki from Chef Makoto Okuwa at Morimoto

88 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
888 354 8842
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-12am
Lounge open until 1am

The food: Chef Mark Andelbradt’s phenomenal tasting menu and Chef Makoto Okuwa’s omakase from the raw bar
The scene: Huge, hip and busy space in Stephen Starr style: modern and clean
What to order: Prosciutto de Parma-Wrapped Shikaimaki; Wagyu Beef Tartare; Steamed Sea Bass with Edamame Puree

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5 Ninth

5 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
212 929 9460
Daily 5pm-12am

The food: Zak Pelaccio’s upscale, eclectic menu of Asian favorites with French influences
The scene: Cozy brownstone townhouse
What to order: Rib and Egg Clay Pot Congee; Cuban Sandwich; Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich

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43 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010
212 929 1800
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-12:30am
Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm, 11am-4pm

The food: Chef Patricia Yeo’s well-executed high-concept Asian
The scene: A mixed crowd in a beautiful, well-designed space
What to order: Spicy Tuna Rolls; Wet Cucumber; Beef Moo-Shu

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The Bread Bar at Tabla

11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
212 889 0667
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

The food: High-end Indian bar snacks from Floyd Cardoz that are perfectly suited to accompany the specialized beer menu and designer spicy cocktails
The scene: A lofty duplex over Madison Square
What to order: The Bread Bar Chicken Tikka; The Chutney Sampler

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45 E 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
212 982 8422
Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm

The food: Always excellent Italian
The scene: Homey and comfortable
What to order: Grilled Jack Rabbit Salad over Radicchio; Veal Cheeks with Tomatillo Salsa

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Mango Cheesecake at Devi on StarChefs.com

Mango Cheesecake at Devi

8 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
212 691 1300
Monday-Thursday 12pm-2:30pm,
Friday-Saturday 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 5pm-10pm

The food: Chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur's eclectic and excellent high-end Indian food
The scene: Flowing curtains and hanging colored lanterns
What to order: Idli Upma with Tomato Chutney; Tandoori Prawns; Falooda with Noodles, Honey-Soaked Basil Seeds, Coconut Tuile, and Choco-Coco Samosa

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Flatiron Lounge

37 W. 19th St
New York, NY 10011
212 727 7741
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-2:00am, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-4:00am
Closed: Monday

The scene: The drink is king at the hip Flatiron Lounge, with tongue-in-cheek throwbacks to old-school style in the form of modern cocktails
What to order: The Lychee and Lemongrass Fizz

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Casa Mono

125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
212 253 2773

The food: Mario Batali’s Spanish small plates and wines by the glass galore
The scene: Perfect for sexy lunches or a dinner with a special friend
What to order: Razor Clams a la Plancha; Skirt Steak with Onion Marmaleda; Dorada with Ramps

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Fleur de Sel

5 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 460 9100
Monday-Saturday 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm

The food: Chef Cyril Renaud artfully composes some of the most beautiful and delicious French food in the city
The scene: The downtown chic space is decorated with Renaud's own whimsical watercolor paintings
What to order: go for the prix fixe lunch at $25

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1 E. 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
Monday-Saturday 11:45am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm

The food: Chef Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky are a husband and wife team whose labor of love has proven to be a valuable part of the French-American fine dining scene in New York
The scene: Tocqueville has just been self-redesigned into an elegant and classy space
What to order: The Crabcakes, The Pumpkin Soup with Mushrooms

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Dimsum Go Go

5 E Broadway
New York, NY 10038
212 732 0796
Daily 10am-11pm

The food: Authentic Chinese dimsum and the best dumplings in the city
The scene: Comfortable Sunday Brunchers enjoy an unexpected scene in Chinatown: hip, modern décor and colorful fabric screens
What to order: Chive and Shrimp Dumplings; Abbot’s Delight Dumplings

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41-43 E 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
212 674 7400
Daily 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm

The food: Modernized Northern Indian food
The scene: The muted colors of Tamarind make for an elegant, modern Indian restaurant that's always busy
What to order: Lamb Vindaloo; Saag Paneer

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Blue Smoke

116 E 27th St

Chocolate Layed Cake with Milk Benzie at Blue Smoke

Chocolate Layed Cake with
Milk Benzie at Blue Smoke

New York, NY 10016
212 447 7733
Monday-Wednesday 11am-11pm
Thursday-Friday 11am-1am
Saturday 12pm-1am
Sunday 12pm-11pm

The food: Danny Meyer’s Urban Barbecue with Pastry Chef Jenn Giblin’s American comfort food desserts
The scene: Barbecue restaurant upstairs, swinging late-night jazz club downstairs
What to order: The Ribs; Banana Cream Pie with Toasted Walnuts Crust and Vanilla Wafers; Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Deconstructed Carrot Cake on StarChefs.com

Deconstructed Carrot Cake

37 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016
212 213 2328
Daily 5:30pm-11pm

The food: Chef Alex Ureña’s high-concept, experimental Spanish cuisine presents classic Spanish ingredients with unusual pairings. It’s risky, but successful
The scene: A brightly lit ultra-modern space filled with foodies
What to order: Texturas de Foie Gras; Veiras Asadas; Salvelino Ahumado

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A Voce

41 Madison Ave (Cross Street: 26th Street)
New York, NY 10010
212 545 8555
Daily 11:45-2:30, 5:30-11pm

The food: Andrew Carmellini makes classic Italian dishes hearty and stylish
The scene: Downtown style meets old world Italian leather and dark wood
What to order: Meatballs; Ravioli

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Theater District:

The Milk Chocolate dessert at Le Bernardin on StarChefs.com

The Milk Chocolate dessert
at Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
212 554 1515
Monday-Thursday 5:15pm-10:30pm
Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 5:15pm-11pm
Saturday 5:15pm-11pm

The food: Eric Ripert’s 3 Michelin Star paradise with Michael Laiskonis’ desserts
The scene: Totally Uptown style fine dining in luxurious old world décor with elegant pre-theatre diners
What to order: Sheep Milk Panna Cotta with Kumquats; Mango Parfait with Coconut Tapioca and Mango Tuile

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Pastry Chef Pichet Ong likes the desserts at wd-50

Chef Noriyuki Sugie likes late night ramen noodles at Kenka and Yakitori Taisho

Chef Wylie Dufresne likes Mario Batali’s Lupa

Chef Josh DuChellis goes to Fatty Crab for the rough, half-cured, delicious sausages, and Karuma Sushi for sushi. At Aturn’s he orders the Scungilli pasta dish.

Chef Marco Canora goes to Al Di La in Brooklyn, Bar Piti for the veal meatballs and bread soup, and Café Boulud for incredibly satisfying meals.

Chef Jonathan Benno loves Al Di La and Woo Lae Oak, a Korean restaurant, as well as Café Boulud.

Chef Mark Andelbradt loves the buns and kimchee at Momofuku, and the date pudding at Etats Unis on the Upper East Side.

Chef Makoto Okuwa goes to Wakamaru for good sushi and Momofuku for noodles

Chef Greg Brainin loves La Esquina, Noodletown, and Degustation

Chef Tony Esnault goes to The Burger Joint at Le Meridien for burgers, and Del Posto for excellent flavors and produce

Chef Tony Liu goes to Christies, a Jamaican beef patty place in Brooklyn. His other favorites are Tia Pol, and Fuleen Seafood in Chinatown

Chef Galen Zamarra goes to Homara Ahn for soba noodles. He also loves 360 in Brooklyn, and Blue Smoke

Chef Adam Shaw likes ‘inoteca for their different wines and great food, Heathers, a nice little hideaway for drinks, and Café Gray

Chef Michael Harlan Turkeu goes to Kuma Inn for the best Chinese sausage and Lil’ Frankies for huge meatballs and a pitcher of Sixpoint Brownstone

Chef Paul Buchanan likes the tapas with attitude at Alta in the East Village

Chef Josh DeChellis like Rai Rai Ken in the East Village for the Shoyu flavor Ramen and Winnie’s a dive bar in Chinatown for watching Karaoke

Chef Chris Santos likes Cafecitoin in the East Village for their amazing, cheap and delicious Cuban food and the definitive rock n’ roll dive Motov City in the Lower East Side

Chef George Mendez like Johnny’s in the West Village because it’s cheap and dirty with excellent beer and cocktail specials. He goes to La Esquina for the tacos – it’s cheap, cool and sexy

Chef Phillip Ruskin goes to Tintoc in Times Square for the Sardines and Blood Sausage


   Published: September 2006