GUIDE: New York

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    ABC Kitchen + Cocina

    Multiple Locations:
    Union Square, Union Square

    Cuisine: American, Latin American, New American

    $$$

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina share the same distinctive, whimsical-meets-chic aesthetic, seasonal market inspiration, and thoughtful, just-a-bit quirky ethos. READ REVIEW

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    Aburiya Kinnosuke

    213 E. 45th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    Aburiya Kinnosuke's menu is all about time and place. Carefully crafted like a (good) story arc—from cold to hot, and from fresh and light to rich and punchy—the dishes carry with them a sense of adventure. READ REVIEW

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    Ai Fiori

    400 Fifth Ave, 2nd Level

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: French, Italian

    $$$

    Ai Fiori, which means “among the flowers” in Italian, is Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group’s culinary homage to the French and Italian Riviera. READ REVIEW

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    Almond

    12 E. 22nd St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: Italian, New American

    $$

    Almond joy: Pressed-tin ceilings and mirrors that reflect the soft glow of candle light speak of favorite Paris bistros, a motif strongly supported by a menu. READ REVIEW

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    Antler Beer and Wine Dispensary

    123 Allen St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Bar, Eclectic, Wine Bar

    $

    Antler is a throwback to a vanishing era when downtown bars doubled as informal living rooms—and to accompany the imbibing, New Mexico native Cecelia Bye has curated a menu of kicked-up small plates. READ REVIEW

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    Antonucci Café

    170 E. 81st St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    On an impossibly picturesque street on the UES sits Antonucci Café, a gem that wouldn't be out of place on the streets of Milan. Eclectic artwork graces the walls while faucet handles come straight from Italy. White jacketed waiters serve up classically simple Italian fare featuring homemade pastas. If the outdoor dining gods allow it, snag a street-side table and drink it all in. READ REVIEW

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    Aquavit

    65 E. 55th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Scandinavian

    $$$$

    Aquavit is a vetted Midtown kitchen that since 1987 has plated up innovative Scandinavian food and is not afraid to evolve. READ REVIEW

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    Ardesia

    510 W. 52nd St.

    Hell's Kitchen

    Cuisine: New American, Wine Bar

    $$

    Ardesia, a lively wine bar on the fringe of the theater district, must have been designed with New York night owls in mind. The house-cured, house-smoked pastrami sandwich or the bánh mì make a nice little meal, especially if you kick it off with some artichoke-and-crab dip. Nobody’s in a rush here. READ REVIEW

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    Aunt Jake's

    151 Mulberry St.

    Little Italy

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    A far cry from the the multitude of lookalikes on Mulberry Street, Aunt Jake’s demonstrates what a modern Italian-American eatery can be. READ REVIEW

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    Aurora SoHo

    510 Broome St.

    South Village

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The three co-owners (one's the chef, another designed the place) who keep this restaurant in perfect yin-yang shape: It’s hopping but not too hopping, with a pure Tuscan farmhouse ambience. Even the waiter plays his role to a tee. “I’m from Verona,” he says, with barely a trace of an accent. “You know, Northern Italy.” Just like Aurora. READ REVIEW


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