GUIDE: New York

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    'Cesca

    164 W. 75th St.

    Upper West Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Don’t come to ‘Cesca’s Sunday brunch expecting an Italian affair. After all, Italians don’t do brunch. Not so at ‘Cesca. READ REVIEW

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    Chop Shop II

    41 W. 24th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Asian

    $$

    When veteran restaurateur Danny Emerman decided to try something a little different, opening Chop Shop, the concept caught on quick. In 2015, Emerman and his team expanded with Chop-Shop II, which became a Flatiron favorite nearly overnight. READ REVIEW

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    Cipriani Le Specialità

    110 E. 42nd St.

    Midtown West

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    For breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, La Spcialità makes it easy to trade the brown bag for a picnic in the piazza. READ REVIEW

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    Cipriani Wall Street

    55 Wall St.

    Financial District

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$$

    Cipriani Wall Street is quite an eyeful, and while dining under the gilded ceiling and Wedgwood dome, you can be pretty sure the menu is a match for all the visual majesty. Salty prosciutto from Parma, with syrupy cantaloupe, is a classic, and speck from Alto Adige with regional Asiago is a heartier alpine variation on the theme. READ REVIEW

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    Claudette

    24 Fifth Ave.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    There is no lovelier place in Manhattan on a sunny summer afternoon than Claudette. The whitewashed room is broken up with bursts of color, leaving a space that feels both Provençal and tropical. READ REVIEW

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    Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant

    4 Clinton St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: American, Bakery

    $$

    Japanese tourists simply adore this hot spot, so much that Clinton Street Baking Company now has an outpost in Tokyo. But if Japanese cuisine skews austere, Clinton Street’s goes the opposite way: indulgent, inviting, and luscious. READ REVIEW

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    Club A Steakhouse

    240 East 58th St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    Push through the doors into the scarlet-red dining room, and you’ll think you’ve found a secret portal back to stylish, modernist, late-1950s New York. As you continue past the back-lit wine cubbies—down into the sunken dining room where a jazz duo plucks out a cool Chet Baker number—you run smack into B&W photos of owner Bruno Selimaj, laughing it up over the years with folks like Joe Pesci, A-Rod, Bill and Hilary. READ REVIEW

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    Coco & Cru

    643 Broadway

    NoHo

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    Comodo

    58 MacDougal St.

    Soho

    Cuisine: Latin American

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    Comodo's kitchen magic began with an intimate supper club in the home of Felipe Donnelly and his wife, Tamy Rofe. After receiving a cease-and-desist order from the city, they decided to ditch their day jobs as ad execs and follow their dreams by opening a restaurant. READ REVIEW

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    Convivium Osteria

    68 Fifth Ave.

    Park Slope

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Husband and wife team and chef-owners Carlo and Michelle Pulixi opened Convivium in 2000 on what was then a desolate stretch of Park Slope just off the bustling Flatbush Avenue. Along with the neighborhood, the restaurant has continued to blossom and it's now easily one of Brooklyn’s most under the radar, wonderful dining experiences. READ REVIEW


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