GUIDE: New York

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    Thalassa

    179 Franklin St.

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: Greek

    $$$$

    Curvy, mosaic walls and waves of blue lighting are the first clues that thalassa means “sea” in Greek. The massive display of fresh fish, piled high on a mountain of ice near the open kitchen of this Tribeca favorite, is matched only by a wine list that features more Hellenic selections than anywhere outside of Athens. READ REVIEW

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    The Bar Room

    117 E. 60th St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: American

    $$

    Hidden away from the bustle of Midtown East on a quiet stretch of East 60th Street, this is the kind of place where you can do your thing in a variety of ways. READ REVIEW

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    The Barrel Room

    155 Varick St.

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: Wine Bar

    $$

    You’re dining at a winery, amid its steel tanks and oak barrels, drinking wines made on the spot, and watching cabs fly by on the busy city street. Cabs? That’s right—you’re not in Napa Valley. You’re at City Winery, Manhattan’s only fully functioning winery. READ REVIEW

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    The Black Ant

    60 Second Ave.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    At the East Village’s The Black Ant, Chef Mario Hernandez oversees an adventurous menu of modern Mexican fare. READ REVIEW

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    The Bounty

    131 Greenpoint Ave.

    Greenpoint

    Cuisine: New American

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    Though located just a short stroll from the East River and Transmitter Park’s sweeping view of Midtown Manhattan, this cozy Greenpoint spot might as well be in a fishing town somewhere on the coast of Maine. READ REVIEW

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    The Eddy

    342 E. 6th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: American, New American

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    Essentially every dish at The Eddy undersells and overdelivers, and that’s a high bar to meet in these days of trumped up, media blitzed sensations. READ REVIEW

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    The Finch

    212 Greene Ave.

    Clinton Hill

    Cuisine: American, New American

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    The Finch is everything a truly special neighborhood spot should be, which is no surprise considering Chef-owner Gabe McMakin lives in the neighborhood himself. It’s a lot like home, only more delicious. READ REVIEW

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    The Gander

    15 W. 18th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: American, New American

    $$$

    At this bar room and dining room in the Flatiron, acclaimed chef Jess Schenker (Recette) pairs his exquisitely refined technique with a trademark dedication to progressive American cuisine, all backed up by one of the best wine lists in the city. READ REVIEW

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    The Green Table

    Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave.

    Chelsea

    $$

    Maybe it’s ironic that the Chelsea Market—a building that gave birth to that processed-food miracle, the Oreo—houses one of the city’s most serious practitioners of farmer-focused cuisine. READ REVIEW

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    The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Oyster Bar

    Multiple Locations:
    East Village, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$$

    If New England and Manhattan suddenly collided, the first restaurant to set up shop after the dust settled might look something like the Mermaid Inn.
    READ REVIEW


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