GUIDE: New York

Carnivore Dreams

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    American Cut Midtown

    109 E. 56th St., at The Lombardy Hotel

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    At American Cut, celebrity chef Marc Forgione—the mohawked man who won Season Three of The Next Iron Chef and in 2010 was the youngest American to win a Michelin star—plays with his food in ways you just won’t find at other midtown meat emporiums. READ REVIEW

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    Club A Steakhouse

    240 East 58th St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    Push through the doors into the scarlet-red dining room, and you’ll think you’ve found a secret portal back to stylish, modernist, late-1950s New York. As you continue past the back-lit wine cubbies—down into the sunken dining room where a jazz duo plucks out a cool Chet Baker number—you run smack into B&W photos of owner Bruno Selimaj, laughing it up over the years with folks like Joe Pesci, A-Rod, Bill and Hilary. READ REVIEW

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    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

    700 West 125th St.

    Harlem

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    $$

    When you arrive you’ll find the best barbecue in town, or at least you’ll encounter the most fun you can have while eating barbecue anywhere in town. Find a seat at one of the picnic tables and as the sign says, “If you leave hungry, it’s your fault.” 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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    Fornino Williamsburg

    291 Kent Ave.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    An industry veteran who opened his first restaurant in 1977, Fornino’s chef and owner, Michael Ayoub, became the first Brooklyn chef to be reviewed by The New York Times, and was dubbed the “First Chef of Brooklyn” by them. READ REVIEW

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    Hank's Juicy Beef

    84 Chambers St.

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: Sandwich

    $

    The man behind the meat is Henry Tibensky, a Chicago-area native who found himself in NYC over a decade ago with no place to score the beloved Italian beef sandwiches that were a staple during his youth in Oak Park, Illinois. READ REVIEW

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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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    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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    Lamazou

    370 Third Ave.

    Murray Hill

    $$

    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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