GUIDE: New York

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    Do Hwa

    55 Carmine St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Korean

    $$

    In Korean dining culture, cocktails and food often play partners in crime—at West Village Korean spot Do Hwa you’re served well to indulge in the custom. READ REVIEW

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    El Colmado

    Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave.

    Hell's Kitchen

    Cuisine: Spanish

    $$

    With snappy service and superb Spanish-style tapas, this bustling counter is the kind of place where one can pop in and out of for lunch or make a night of it at dinnertime. READ REVIEW

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    El Quinto Pino

    401 West 24th St.

    Chelsea

    Cuisine: Spanish

    $$$

    At El Quinto Pino, you can stop by in the morning for an omelet and a café con leche, then later on in the afternoon for a quick plate of garlic shrimp and a glass of beer, and then—why not?—circle back around at evening’s end for a digestif. READ REVIEW

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    Epistrophy

    200 Mott St.

    Nolita

    $$

    This eminently comfortable Mott Street space, which transforms into an Italian wine bar when the sun sets—and a music venue on Sunday evenings—seems like it’s designed specifically for lounging READ REVIEW

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    Flinders Lane

    162 Avenue A

    East Village

    Cuisine: Fusion

    $$

    This tiny two-room spot is the coolest place you’ve never been to, and unassuming at the same time. Fitting, seeing as it’s named after the enclaves of Melbourne where art galleries and cutting edge fashion flourish. READ REVIEW

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    Fonda

    40 Avenue B

    East Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    While it's never been easy to find great Mexican food in New York, Mexico City–born, Paris-trained chef Roberto Santibañez of Fonda works it out. READ REVIEW

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    Fort Defiance

    365 Van Brunt St.

    Red Hook

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    This restaurant possesses that rare ability to transform itself from casual café to romantic bistro after the sun sets over Red Hook’s storied piers, once the workplace of thousands of hungry longshoremen. The owner, Pegu Club alum St. John Frizell, plays keep behind a tidy bar, while an eye-catching crowd from the neighborhood nibbles deviled eggs and sips house-made sodas while guarding the fort against the inevitable onslaught from Manhattan. READ REVIEW

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    Gardenia

    64 Downing St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Latin American, Mediterranean

    $$$

    What's so appealing about Gardenia in the West Village? It has the feel of a contemporary restaurant in the Mediterranean, with a diverse menu that expertly fuses ingredients and cooking styles from around the world. READ REVIEW

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    Gente Ristorante Italiano

    153 E. 45th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Great Italian food—from a menu that seems to go on forever—is hiding in plain sight, just around the corner from Grand Central. READ REVIEW

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    Georgia's Eastside BBQ

    192 Orchard St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    $$

    Whether you’re a homesick Georgia transplant or a jaded Lower East Side tenant, Georgia's Eastside offers the kind of stick-to-your-ribs soul food everyone craves on a winter day. READ REVIEW


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