GUIDE: New York

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    Hill Country Chicken

    1123 Broadway

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Barbeque, Southern

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    Marc Glosserman's respite for homesick Texans took Manhattan by storm with Hill Country Barbecue back in 2007 and still goes strong, channeling his father’s Lone Star roots. READ REVIEW

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    Hundred Acres

    38 MacDougal Street

    South Village

    Cuisine: New American

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    Hundred Acres is a romantic charmer of a restaurant and sister restaurant to the popular Five Points and Cookshop, Hundred Acres. Expect hearty portions of familiar favorites, each with a slight twist. READ REVIEW

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    Il Buco

    47 Bond St.

    NoHo

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Here’s a place, on sleepy little Bond Street in NoHo, to rival any Tuscan country charmer in the categories of soft candlelight, hanging pots, and antique farmhouse tables. READ REVIEW

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    John's of 12th Street

    302 E. 12th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Italian

    Whether you go for the authentic house-made pappardelle with meaty Tuscan ragu and chicken parmigiana with spaghetti, or for a vegan Italian feast, this may be the one place you’d feel comfortable knowing it would be your last meal. READ REVIEW

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    Jun-Men Ramen Bar

    Cuisine: Japanese

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    Drenched in maple-Bourbon butter and served with aïoli, the humble side of sweet potato fries becomes the most umami-charged dish at this trendy joint. And if you still haven’t quite seen the light, next comes the pork bone broth. READ REVIEW

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    Kesté Pizza & Vino

    271 Bleecker St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Pizza

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    Kesté has the friendliest pizza staff in NYC; and those toppings—all imported—are simply sublime, not to mention regulated by the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani. READ REVIEW

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    Kristalbelli

    Address: 8 W. 36th St.

    Midtown West

    Cuisine: Korean

    $$$

    Kristalbelli, has earned praise from NYT, WSJ, NY Mag's GrubStreet and Time Out for good reasons; this stylish and sophisticated restaurant & lounge uses high-quality and robust ingredients while spotlighting the delicate aspects of Korean cooking. READ REVIEW

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    L&W Oyster Co.

    254 Fifth Ave.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    The fruits of the sea are the stars at this fun, quirky Flatiron District seafood shack, decorated with condiment-filled fry baskets, a vintage sign for Shell gas (are those bullet holes?), and, on the walls, magnetic poetry. Seek out the tender, briny Montauk Pearl oysters; for a fun pairing, try them with a local beer such as Chelsea Brewing’s light Checker Cab Blonde or roasty, chocolaty Black Hole XXX Stout. The fruits of the sea are the stars at this fun, quirky Flatiron District seafood shack. READ REVIEW

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    Lamazou

    370 Third Ave.

    Murray Hill

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    The holiday season can be nerve-wracking, mainly due to the paralyzing inability to answer a single question: What gifts should you get your loved ones and friends? READ REVIEW

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    Landmarc

    Multiple Locations:
    Tribeca, Upper West Side

    Cuisine: Italian, New American

    $$$

    There’s nothing in the least bit fussy about Landmarc, which is part of what makes this spot so appealing. Combine that with a menu designed to please— from a guy who’s cooked with Alain Ducasse and Sylvain Portay, and you can see why this two-story room bustles at breakfast, lunch and dinner. READ REVIEW


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