GUIDE: New York

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    Hill Country

    30 W. 26th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    $$

    Hill Country has become the superlative city ’cue, its Texas dry-rub style—smoked “low and slow” over post oak—even making some critics’ national best barbecue lists. READ REVIEW

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    Hill Country Chicken

    1123 Broadway

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Barbeque, Southern

    $$

    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

    $$

    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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    I SODI

    105 Christopher St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Carrie Bradshaw and Marc Jacobs have radically changed the West Village, but Christopher Street still dotes on unhip bars and sex-toy boutiques. In the middle of it all sits I Sodi, whose owner, Rita Sodi, once a Calvin Klein executive, takes food as seriously as she once took jeans. The menu is small, but you’ll want everything. Villagers descended in ones, twos and threes, eating right at the bar, chatting with the chef and turning “the Sodi’s” little restaurant into one big block party. 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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    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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