GUIDE: New York

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    Tio Pepe

    168 W. 4th St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Spanish

    $$

    Middle-aged or not, this West Village institution has picked up a little swagger as of late, reinventing itself and cultivating some character in the process. READ REVIEW

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    Troost

    1011 Manhattan Ave.

    Greenpoint

    Cuisine: Sandwich, Wine Bar

    $

    Troost is a refreshingly low-key shotgun café and bistro with a carefully careless look and comfortably worn-in feel that serves espressos and bagels at the bar, hosts Bingo on Wednesday nights, and offers a happy hour every weekday as well as all weekend long. READ REVIEW

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    Tía Pol

    205 Tenth Ave.

    Chelsea

    Cuisine: Spanish

    $$

    Dishes fly out of the tiny kitchen in rapid fire: a pile of blistered green peppers, sprinkled with sea salt; a terra-cotta bowl of tender octopus and garlic. READ REVIEW

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    Umami Burger

    Multiple Locations:
    Williamsburg, Greenwich Village, Financial District

    Cuisine: American

    $

    When Adam Fleischman dreamed up the first Umami Burger, a humble-but-high-end burger shop in LA, he couldn’t have possibly imagined the role it would play in the casual dining revolution and burger renaissance. READ REVIEW

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    Union Bar & Kitchen

    300 Spring St.

    South Village

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    The word “union” couldn’t be a better descriptor of the magic happening behind the UBK-emblazoned French doors that line the front of this airy Spring Street space, which brings together all the different forms of inspiration Chef Renert has taken in. READ REVIEW

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    Vaucluse

    100 E. 63rd St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: French

    The beauty of Vaucluse is how effortless it makes being beautiful seem. At this spacious, elegant restaurant on the Upper East Side, Michael White and his team have made the synthesis of slyly elevated plates and comfortable service look downright easy. READ REVIEW

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    Vitae

    4 E. 46th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    The menu tinkers with French-Italian classics just enough to make things interesting whether it’s the Foie Gras Terrine with “Motarda Cremona,” Chestnut Agnolotti with Spinach and Prosciutto or Bone In Ribeye Bordelaise with Frites. READ REVIEW

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    Wallflower

    235 W. 12th St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French, New American

    $$$

    With its 13 tables, dimly lit dining room, and gorgeous press-tinned ceiling, this West Village gem is still a secret to many, but as those who have discovered Wallflower know, the fare here is oh-so fine. READ REVIEW

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    Zenkichi

    77 N. 6th St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Japanese

    $$

    Zenkichi—a "modern Japanese brasserie"—serves small plates to the fashionable crowd in Williamsburg. Not that you get to see who else is eating; every party gets a private table hidden behind dark wood and red fabric or woven bamboo screens. It’s all a bit mysterious, somewhat sexy and not that easy to find: Look for the unmarked wooden door near the end of 6th Street. READ REVIEW

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    Zizi Limona

    129 Havemeyer St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

    $$

    Forget what you already know about falafel and fattoush: The Zizi approach to classic Mediterranean dishes offers a whimsical and refreshing change from the ubiquitous Halal street cart variations you find in the city. READ REVIEW


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