GUIDE: New York

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    Red Hook Lobster Pound

    284 Van Brunt St.

    Red Hook

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$

    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

    $$$

    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

    $$

    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

    $$$

    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

    $$

    READ REVIEW

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    Semsom Eatery

    Multiple Locations:
    NoHo, Midtown East

    Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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    After successfully launching in several countries in the Middle East, Sfeir decided it was time to do what she had done with Dunkin Donuts, but in reverse, by bringing her take on Lebanese cuisine to the States to franchise it. READ REVIEW

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    Sfoglia

    1402 Lexington Ave.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Put a flea-market chic trattoria across from the intellectual springboard of the 92nd Street Y and serve the kind of food we travel to Italy to find. READ REVIEW

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    Socarrat

    Multiple Locations:
    Chelsea, Nolita, Midtown East

    Cuisine: Spanish , Tapas

    $$$

    Socarrat is a lot like its namesake ingredient: It does the behind-the-scenes—or, if you will, the bottom of the pan—things very well. And unlike many a Spanish destination in the city, the focus here has always been on the paella. READ REVIEW


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