GUIDE: New York

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    Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen

    262 Irving Ave.

    Bushwick

    Cuisine: Vietnamese

    $

    When chef and owner of Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen, Johnny Huynh, decided to open this phở and bánh mì shop in March, there was only one neighborhood he would consider: Bushwick, where he was born and raised by his grandmother, Lucy. READ REVIEW

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    Mace

    649 E. 9th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Bar

    $$

    Mace's "it factor" commands cocktail connoisseurs to pay it a visit—but reducing what they do to “spice-themed cocktails” would be an injustice to the magic elixirs expertly prepared here. READ REVIEW

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    Manousheh

    193 Bleecker St.

    Greenwich Village

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

    A brick wall, a Lebanese flag, hard mahogany seating, and some street signage crown the interior, but once you settle in, you notice the real highlight: the fire of the brick oven. READ REVIEW

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    Manzo Ristorante

    200 Fifth Ave.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Imagine losing yourself—well almost—in the most amazing Italian market, then being able to enjoy a meal of all of those ingredients and more. That’s about how it feels to step inside Manzo, the sit-down restaurant nestled inside the renowned Eataly marketplace. READ REVIEW

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    Marc Forgione

    134 Reade St.

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: Italian, New American

    $$$

    If the script calls for a romantic scene with a gorgeous couple putting little bites of food into each other’s mouth while basking in the bright glow of medieval-strength candlelight, shoot the movie here, at supper-club chic Marc Forgione. You might lust after the specials for two—like baby halibut from a wild fishery in Maine—but once you look over the regular menu, don't be surprised if you're not quite ready to share everything with your partner just yet. READ REVIEW

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    Market Table

    54 Carmine St.

    Greenwich Village

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    There are NY hotspots that aren’t that easy to get into. And there are countless other NY restaurants serving high-quality comfort food where you kick back and relax. How do you find that elusive frisson that separates a night out from a night in—a scene without the snooty attitude? Enter Market Table. READ REVIEW

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    Massoni

    11 E. 31st St., in the Arlo NoMad

    NoMad

    Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Italian

    $$$

    You’re going to have a tough decision to make at Massoni, chef Dale Talde’s colorful, buzzy restaurant at the Arlo NoMad hotel. Make that a few tough decisions. READ REVIEW

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    Megu

    355 W. 16th St.

    Chelsea

    Cuisine: Japanese

    $$$

    The new Megu, which opened in the Dream Hotel on West Sixteenth Street last year, employs some of the theatrics of the original, but on a smaller, more intimate scale. READ REVIEW

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    Mile End Delicatessen

    97A Hoyt St.

    Boerum Hill

    Cuisine: Deli

    $$

    Montreal’s Jewish delis are famous for their fatty, oak-smoked slabs of pastrami. Try some with a side of poutine, knowing “you won't find a bigger or more satisfying heap of grease, salt, protein, and starch anywhere in Boerum Hill.”—Village Voice READ REVIEW

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    Mimi's Hummus

    1209 Cortelyou Rd.

    Flatbush

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

    $$

    The tiny but sumptuous interior—pressed-tin ceiling and Mimi Kitani’s collection of black-and-white photos glued directly to eggshell blue walls, as if in a makeshift album—will hook you even before the warm-hearted “hello.” READ REVIEW


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