GUIDE: New York

Shaken & Stirred

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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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    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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    Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room

    6 W. 24th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: American, Bar, Creole/Cajun

    $$

    The long zinc bar in the front of Bo's is a sort of alluring beacon of what’s to come. The Big Easy looks pretty good in the Big Apple—and it tastes good, too. 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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    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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    Gardenia

    64 Downing St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: Latin American, Mediterranean

    $$$

    What's so appealing about Gardenia in the West Village? It has the feel of a contemporary restaurant in the Mediterranean, with a diverse menu that expertly fuses ingredients and cooking styles from around the world. READ REVIEW

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    Hecho en Dumbo

    354 Bowery

    NoHo

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    A light coating of vinegar-spiked oil clings like dew to each julienned strip of radish in the tangy ensalada de rábano. Delicious. But what are those silver-dollar-size slivers with the cherry pink centers, pretty enough to wear as a brooch? The chef, who just made the salad, is but a few feet away, looking out occasionally across the counter from the eat-in bar, so why not ask? Without missing a chop, Danny Mena shoots back: “Watermelon radishes, from Satur Farms on Long Island.” READ REVIEW

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    Kat & Theo

    5 W. 21st St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    Given his background, which includes roles at elBulli, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and Per Se, the chef’s smart interpretation of seasonal New American cuisine should come as no surprise. READ REVIEW

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    Lazy Point

    310 Spring St.

    Hudson Square

    Cuisine: Bar

    $

    Owner Jason LaGarenne has dropped (The) Anchor—the nautical-themed bar that formerly occupied this space—along with much of the extravagance that went with it, for a more low-key seaside vibe, in the spirit of the Montauk neighbor that it’s named after. In this new guise, the indulgences are all channeled straight to the cocktail menu, and the deceptively refined bar bites. READ REVIEW

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    Mace

    649 E. 9th St.

    East Village

    Cuisine: Bar

    $$

    Mace's "it factor" commands cocktail connoisseurs to pay it a visit—but reducing what they do to “spice-themed cocktails” would be an injustice to the magic elixirs expertly prepared here. READ REVIEW


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