GUIDE: New York

Dinner With The Parents

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Aurora Brooklyn

    70 Grand St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The trip to this Brooklyn restaurant from Manhattan is much quicker than a flight to Italy “and well worth it” for big bowls of maltagliati Bolognese; and Tuscan-style fish stew, says New York magazine, “… with the biggest benefit of a Brooklyn lease: a huge garden.” READ REVIEW

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    Babbalucci

    331 Lenox Ave.

    Harlem

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    With exposed brick walls lined with local art, this rustic-leaning Italian find in Harlem revolves around pizzas from the wood-burning oven plus pastas and other classics, matched by an extensive wine list and cocktails by mixologist Enzo Cangemi (Extra Fancy). READ REVIEW

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    Barbalu

    225-227 Front Street

    South Street Seaport

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    This rustic yet elegant bar and restaurant—“a skylighted dining room packed with wooden two-tops,” according to Time Out—delivers plenty of classics, from cheese and charcuterie, to appetizers such as the eggplant caponatina, to house-made pastas like the seafood-laden spaghetti alla scoglio.  READ REVIEW

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    Bobo

    181 W. 10th St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    creativity and comfortable nonchalance implied by the hot spot’s name is channeled into an accessible and perfectly curated dining room, amazing backyard deck, and wonderfully hip garden-floor bar. Adorned by trinkets and tomes carefully scattered on mantels and bookcases, the restaurant features small plates and market-fresh entrées that somehow manage to be subtle and over-the-top at the same time. READ REVIEW

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    Boqueria Tapas Bar and Restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Soho, Flatiron, Upper East Side, Fort Greene

    Cuisine: Spanish , Tapas

    $$

    Inspired by tapas bars in Barcelona and named for the legendary market with food stalls in the same city, Boqueria opened up on West Nineteenth in 2006, with the Soho outpost following two years later. READ REVIEW

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    Bottino

    246 Tenth Ave.

    Chelsea

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Don't miss the lush garden in the back of this joyful Chelsea gem where gallery hoppers feast on old-school Italian fare. Expect art industry mainstays to be holding court at one of the large tables in the back. READ REVIEW


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