GUIDE: New York

Something For Everyone

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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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    Bacaro

    136 Division St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    “Blown-glass chandeliers and a marble bar on the upper floor and a lower level that recalls medieval catacombs are easy on the eyes,” according to Time Out New York. Sounds like the perfect setting for carefully culled Italian wine and great small plates of Italian food. 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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    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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    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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    Claudette

    24 Fifth Ave.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    There is no lovelier place in Manhattan on a sunny summer afternoon than Claudette. The whitewashed room is broken up with bursts of color, leaving a space that feels both Provençal and tropical. READ REVIEW

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    Club A Steakhouse

    240 East 58th St.

    Upper East Side

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    Push through the doors into the scarlet-red dining room, and you’ll think you’ve found a secret portal back to stylish, modernist, late-1950s New York. As you continue past the back-lit wine cubbies—down into the sunken dining room where a jazz duo plucks out a cool Chet Baker number—you run smack into B&W photos of owner Bruno Selimaj, laughing it up over the years with folks like Joe Pesci, A-Rod, Bill and Hilary. READ REVIEW

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    Coco & Cru

    643 Broadway

    NoHo

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    On this sunny corner of Broadway and Bleecker, Coco & Cru is bringing Australian café culture to Manhattanites. 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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    Flinders Lane

    162 Avenue A

    East Village

    Cuisine: Fusion

    $$

    This tiny two-room spot is the coolest place you’ve never been to, and unassuming at the same time. Fitting, seeing as it’s named after the enclaves of Melbourne where art galleries and cutting edge fashion flourish. READ REVIEW


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