GUIDE: New York

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    Pizzetteria Brunetti

    626 Hudson St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Pizza

    $$$

    Jason Brunetti is a rare breed of human. He gave up a lush life in Naples, Florida to take a chance on a whim his father had: Opening a pizzeria in New York that shunned the typical NYC-style pie. Their first location in Long Island was a smashing success, earning a write-up in The New York Times—a dream fulfilled for the elder Brunetti. Then it came time to set up a new outpost on Hudson Street in Manhattan. READ REVIEW

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    Pokéworks

    63 W. 37th St.

    Midtown West

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    Since its inception, this sliver of a space on Thirty-Seventh Street has drawn lengthy lines that snake down the block. Once inside, diners find plenty reason to have braved the wait, faced with a menu stacked with poké variations that run from the traditional to the modern. READ REVIEW

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    Quintessence

    263 E. 10th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Vegan

    $$

    At the pint-size East Village eatery Quintessence, it's easy to start the year off on a healthy track. Since 1999, the mostly raw foods spot has been enabling diners to indulge in a wide variety of good-for-you options. We dig the Peters Pot, a delightfully bright and creamy sundried tomato, yellow bell pepper, and cucumber soup; or the unique twist on a classic Caesar salad, featuring caramelized onions and avocado. READ REVIEW

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    Red Hook Lobster Pound

    284 Van Brunt St.

    Red Hook

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    Owners Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich bring the briny bounty of Maine to serve as the main attraction at this their flagship location. READ REVIEW

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    Robataya

    231 E. 9th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Japanese

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    In typical fashion, most of the food is grilled before your eyes (if you happen to be sitting at the sprawling front room counter) by Japanese chefs who take their job as entertainers as seriously as they do the cooking. READ REVIEW

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    Rubirosa

    235 Mulberry St.

    Nolita

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    When you’re craving generous portions of baked clams with breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon; pasta e fagioli; hand-rolled manicotti; and chicken Parmigiano like your nonna used to make, get yourself to this handsome restaurant that’s bringing Italy back to Mulberry Street. READ REVIEW

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    Runner & Stone

    285 Third Ave.

    Gowanus

    Cuisine: Bakery, New American

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    There’s simply no chance you won’t be returning to this place again and again—and you’ll have a long list of reasons to do so, since everything they make is of the highest quality. READ REVIEW

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    Rye

    247 S. 1st St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Italian, New American

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    This is the Williamsburg hot spot for those, who insist on cutting-edge cuisine but know that refined decor from a gentler time—not to mention an old-fashioned or two on the side—really helps take the edge off. READ REVIEW

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    Sarge's Deli

    548 Third Ave.

    Murray Hill

    Cuisine: Deli, Sandwich

    $$$

    Those who delight in the intricacies of classic, New York–style Jewish deli are in luck, as this is one of the last remaining spots that braises a brisket better than anyone’s grandma. And if you’ve never tried it, well, there’s no better time than now to get initiated into a whole new kind of comfort cuisine. READ REVIEW

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    Sauce

    78 Rivington St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

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    Sauce is totally devoid of pretention. It serves simple red-sauce plates inspired by Southern Italy by way of New York City—and executed exceptionally well. READ REVIEW


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