GUIDE: New York

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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

    $$

    In his quest to prove that Hungarian food does not have to be meat-centric or heavily sauced, Jeremy Salamon—executive chef at The Eddy in the East Village—has created a menu so eclectic and so driven by greenmarket finds that it’s frankly tough to pin down. 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

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    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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    The National

    557 Lexington Ave.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: American, New American

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    This David Rockwell-designed hit offers a quiet cool you won’t find elsewhere in Midtown. Small bar tables, round leather banquettes and black and white checker tiling turns an otherwise culinary wasteland around with this booming palatial bistro. And the food matches the vibe. READ REVIEW

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    The Peacock

    24 E. 39th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: British

    $$$

    It doesn’t get much classier than high tea. And at the Peacock, it’s served in floral china sets, with the works—along with a bountiful and boozy brunch. READ REVIEW


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