GUIDE: New York

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    Aurora SoHo

    510 Broome St.

    South Village

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The three co-owners (one's the chef, another designed the place) who keep this restaurant in perfect yin-yang shape: It’s hopping but not too hopping, with a pure Tuscan farmhouse ambience. Even the waiter plays his role to a tee. “I’m from Verona,” he says, with barely a trace of an accent. “You know, Northern Italy.” Just like Aurora. READ REVIEW

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    Aurora Brooklyn

    70 Grand St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The trip to this Brooklyn restaurant from Manhattan is much quicker than a flight to Italy “and well worth it” for big bowls of maltagliati Bolognese; and Tuscan-style fish stew, says New York magazine, “… with the biggest benefit of a Brooklyn lease: a huge garden.” READ REVIEW

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    Azuri Café

    465 W. 51st St.

    Hell's Kitchen

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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    Ezra Cohen’s “platters teem with delectable Middle Eastern salads and spreads, and his soups ... have a devoted fan club.”—New York magazine READ REVIEW

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    Babbalucci

    331 Lenox Ave.

    Harlem

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    With exposed brick walls lined with local art, this rustic-leaning Italian find in Harlem revolves around pizzas from the wood-burning oven plus pastas and other classics, matched by an extensive wine list and cocktails by mixologist Enzo Cangemi (Extra Fancy). READ REVIEW

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    Bacaro

    136 Division St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    “Blown-glass chandeliers and a marble bar on the upper floor and a lower level that recalls medieval catacombs are easy on the eyes,” according to Time Out New York. Sounds like the perfect setting for carefully culled Italian wine and great small plates of Italian food. READ REVIEW

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    Bagatelle New York

    1 Little West 12th St.

    Meatpacking District

    Cuisine: French

    $$$$

    Art on the walls radiates a Saint-Tropez luxe street art vibe, while a warm breeze blows in through the open terrace—past the palm trees and the party crowd—to your table, where Chef Nicolas Frézal’s menu is filled with a series of can’t-go-wrong dishes. READ REVIEW

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    Barbalu

    225-227 Front Street

    South Street Seaport

    Cuisine: Italian

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    This rustic yet elegant bar and restaurant—“a skylighted dining room packed with wooden two-tops,” according to Time Out—delivers plenty of classics, from cheese and charcuterie, to appetizers such as the eggplant caponatina, to house-made pastas like the seafood-laden spaghetti alla scoglio.  READ REVIEW

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    Blank Slate Tea

    121 Madison Ave. #3

    NoMad

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    When a space a few storefronts down Madison Avenue from Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen became available, they knew exactly what to do with it: Teas. READ REVIEW

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    Bobo

    181 W. 10th St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    creativity and comfortable nonchalance implied by the hot spot’s name is channeled into an accessible and perfectly curated dining room, amazing backyard deck, and wonderfully hip garden-floor bar. Adorned by trinkets and tomes carefully scattered on mantels and bookcases, the restaurant features small plates and market-fresh entrées that somehow manage to be subtle and over-the-top at the same time. READ REVIEW

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    Boqueria Tapas Bar and Restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Soho, Flatiron, Upper East Side, Fort Greene, Midtown West

    Cuisine: Spanish , Tapas

    $$

    Inspired by tapas bars in Barcelona and named for the legendary market with food stalls in the same city, Boqueria opened up on West Nineteenth in 2006, with the Soho outpost following two years later. READ REVIEW


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