GUIDE: New York

Friday Night Out

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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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    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

    $$$

    Just as the public house was historically an anchor of the community in both Europe and North America–a place where everyone could stop by and grab a drink or a bite—Distilled NY brings an updated version of this experience to Tribeca. 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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    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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    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

    $$

    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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    Ofrenda

    113 Seventh Ave. South

    West Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    At this warm West Village haunt, owner Jorge Guzman and chef Mario Hernandez make good on the promise of a “gift” inherent in the restaurant’s name. Here, the classic flavors of Mexican cuisine are focused through a lens of refined elegance without losing any of the fiery spice and rustic comfort. READ REVIEW

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    Osteria Morini

    218 Lafayette St.

    Soho

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    When you serve food this good and wrap it in the country finery of a Tuscan farmhouse, you have what some might call an award-winning formula. READ REVIEW


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