GUIDE: New York

Friday Night Out

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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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    Bagatelle New York

    1 Little West 12th St.

    Meatpacking District

    Cuisine: French

    $$$$

    Art on the walls radiates a Saint-Tropez luxe street art vibe, while a warm breeze blows in through the open terrace—past the palm trees and the party crowd—to your table, where Chef Nicolas Frézal’s menu is filled with a series of can’t-go-wrong dishes. READ REVIEW

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    Brooklyn Cider House

    1100 Flushing Ave.

    Bushwick

    Cuisine: Spanish

    The dinner experience at Brooklyn Cider House in Bushwick transports you to Spain. In between courses, guests take trips to the gorgeous, huge European Chestnut barrels, where the cider expert will talk you through the deliciousness that shoots from the spouts. READ REVIEW

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    Cipriani Wall Street

    55 Wall St.

    Financial District

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$$

    Cipriani Wall Street is quite an eyeful, and while dining under the gilded ceiling and Wedgwood dome, you can be pretty sure the menu is a match for all the visual majesty. Salty prosciutto from Parma, with syrupy cantaloupe, is a classic, and speck from Alto Adige with regional Asiago is a heartier alpine variation on the theme. READ REVIEW

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    Distilled NY

    211 West Broadway

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    If you’ve ever wondered how fine-dining chefs might interpret bar staples (not to mention brunch), this is the place to feast and find out. READ REVIEW

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    Epistrophy

    200 Mott St.

    Nolita

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    Since 2005, Epistrophy and its Sardinian owners have been serving up Italian cuisine, and Sardinian fare in particular, to a loyal clientele. READ REVIEW

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    Fonda

    40 Avenue B

    East Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    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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    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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    Le Coq Rico

    30 E. 20th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: French

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    To say chef Antoine Westermann has a pedigree is something of an understatement: He earned three coveted Michelin stars for his Le Buerehiesel in Stasbourg and now helms a mini-empire of restaurants in Paris. 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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