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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    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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    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

    $$$

    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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    EDEN Local

    508 W. 42nd St.

    Midtown West

    Cuisine: American, New American

    Though it’s located right on Forty-Second Street, Eden Local is a calm, lovely spot where you’ll find welcome relief from the buzz outside, whether you come for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. 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: Mediterranean

    $$$

    Co-owners Antonio Pezzella and Vitor Proenca have curated the menu into a greatest-hits package of southern European dishes they’ve been eating all their lives. 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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