GUIDE: New York

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    Jun-Men Ramen Bar

    Cuisine: Japanese

    $$

    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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    Kat & Theo

    5 W. 21st St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    Given his background, which includes roles at elBulli, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and Per Se, the chef’s smart interpretation of seasonal New American cuisine should come as no surprise. 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

    $$

    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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    Lazy Point

    310 Spring St.

    Hudson Square

    Cuisine: Bar

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    Owner Jason LaGarenne has dropped (The) Anchor—the nautical-themed bar that formerly occupied this space—along with much of the extravagance that went with it, for a more low-key seaside vibe, in the spirit of the Montauk neighbor that it’s named after. In this new guise, the indulgences are all channeled straight to the cocktail menu, and the deceptively refined bar bites. READ REVIEW

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    Le Coq Rico

    30 E. 20th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: French

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    To say chef Antoine Westermann has a pedigree is something of an understatement: He earned three coveted Michelin stars for his Le Buerehiesel in Stasbourg and now helms a mini-empire of restaurants in Paris. READ REVIEW

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    Le Fanfare

    1103 Manhattan Ave.

    Greenpoint

    Cuisine: Italian

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    A block away from both Lobster Joint and Saint Vitus punk-metal bar in Greenpoint sits Le Fanfare, an Italian-American restaurant-cum-jazz-club from the team that runs Epistrophy Café in Nolita. READ REVIEW


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