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ABC Kitchen (212-475-5829; 35 East 18th St; View MENU $$$): Locally sourced ingredients and a creative menu at this creation of chef jean-georges vongerichten and phil suarez in the ABC Home building (www.abchome.com/systemPage/services/restaurants/abckitchen)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

ABC Cocina (212-677-2233; 38 East 19th Street; View MENU $$$): Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina features new spins on Latin dishes and much like its adjacent sister restaurant ABC Kitchen, focuses on seasonal local ingredients. (www.abccocinanyc.com)

Reviews: MadParkNews; Yelp (4 stars)

Aldea (212-675-7223; 31 West 17th Street; View MENU $$$): Refined and contemporary seasonal cuisine inspired by the Iberian Peninsula, which includes Spain and Portugal. (http://aldearestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Almond (212-228-7557; 12 East 22nd Street; View MENU $$$): The sister restaurant to Almond in Bridgehampton, Almond opened in 2008 in the Flatiron serving French bistro fare. (www.almondnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Asellina(212-317-2908; 420 Park Ave South; View MENU $$$): Contemporary Italian inside the new Gansevoort Park Hotel (togrp.com/asellina).

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

A Voce (212-545-8555; 41 Madison Avenue; View MENU $$$): Carefully crafted contemporary Italian cooking featuring pastas, meats and fish. (http://www.avocerestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Cellar (212-466-3340; 900 Broadway; View MENU $$): The Seattle cheese producer recently opened a shop in the Flatiron, with a restaurant in the Cellar featuring a full menu including their famous mac ‘n cheese. (www.beechershandmadecheese.com/Locations/NewYork)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Ben and Jacks (212-532-7600; 255 5th Avenue; View MENU $$$): Waiters from the famous Peter Lugers opened their second Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse location in 2009 just north of Madison Square Park. (http://www.benandjackssteakhouse.com/bnj_5th/)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Birieria (212-937-8910; 200 5th Avenue; View MENU $$$): The rooftop brewery restaurant on the top of Eataly serves a dozen craft beers, homemade sausages,three types of pork shoulder, has a mushroom menu and more. (www.eataly.com/birreria)

Reviews: Yelp (  stars)

BLT Fish (212-691-8888; 21 west 17th street; View MENU $$$): The ground level BLT Fish Shack offers a raw bar, fish cooked to order, lobster rolls, and other new england style clam shack food. Above is the fancier BLT Fish, preparing whole fish and shellfish by the pound. (http://www.bltfish.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Blue Smoke (212-447-7733; 116 East 27th St; View MENU $$$): Authentic pit barbeque right here in New York City. As far as BBQ goes, it’s on the higher end, but the quality of the food makes it worth every bite. Jazz fans note, downstairs from Blue Smoke is the Jazz Standard, where you can enjoy Blue Smoke food and world class jazz. (http://bluesmoke.com/blue/)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Bocca (212-387-1200; 39 East 19th street; View MENU $$$): Creative Italian cuisine by head chef, David Buico. (www.boccanyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Boqueria (212-255-4160; 53 west 19th Street; View MENU $$): Tapas and raciones are prepared to perfection in the Catalonian and Basque tradition from Spain. (http://www.boquerianyc.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Breslin (212-679-1939; 20 west 29th street; View MENU): Opened summer 2009 in the new Ace Hotel from the people behind the Spotted Pig. (http://thebreslin.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

China Latina (646-397-9881; 127 West 28th Street; View MENU $$): China Latina is the creation of the team behind Chelsea Mexican restaurant Crema, with Chef Julieta Ballesteros running the kitchen. China Latina combines the flavors of Mexican and Chines cuisine, or more broadly, Latin and Asian flavors and preparations.. (http://chinalatinanyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

craft (212-780-0880; 43 east 19th street; View MENU $$$): The foundation of Tom Colicchio’s restaurant empire features the highest quality ingredients prepared as single plates to be shared family style. craft won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2002 (www.craftrestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

craftbar (212-461-4300; 900 Broadway; View MENU $$$): Around the corner from sister restaurant craft, craftbar features a more informal environment for equally as impressive of a new American restaurant using the finest seasonal ingredients. (http://www.craftrestaurant.com/craftbar.html)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Devi (212-691-1300; 8 East 18th Street; View MENU $$$): Authentic yet craftfully refined Indian cuisine which achieved a Michelin star for its quality and creativity. (www.devinyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Duke’s (212-260-2922; 99 E. 19th Street at Park Ave South; View MENU $$): A favorite in the neighborhood since 1995, Duke’s serves Southern inspired comfort food in a casual environment with your favorite sports on the big screen. (www.dukesnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Dos Caminos (212-294-1000; 373Park Avenue south; View MENU $$$): Made to order guacamole, margaritas and traditional Mexican cooking in a modern setting. (http://www.brguestrestaurants.com/restaurants/dos_caminos_park)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Eataly (212-229-2560; 200 Fifth Avenue): Mario Batali’s mega Italian artisinal market plus 6 restaurants (Manzo, La Pizza & Pasta, Le Verdure, Il Pesce, La Piazza, La Bireirra). (http://eatalyny.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop (212-675-5096; 174 Fifth Avenue): Founded in 1929, Eisenberg’s is an old-style New York diner serving city classics like Bacon & Egg Sandwiches, Egg Creams and Pastrami on Rye . (www.eisenbergsnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Eleven Madison Park (212-889-0905; 11 Madison Avenue; View MENU $$$$): An elegant restaurant right off of Madison Square Park featuring impeccably-prepared  contemporary French cuisine. (www.elevenmadisonpark.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars)

Gramercy Tavern (212-477-0777; 42 E. 20th Street; View MENU $$$):The highest quality seasonal ingredients come together in  a warm environment in this well-respected contemporary American restaurant.(www.gramercytavern.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars)

 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (646-484-5665; 656 6th Avenue; View MENU $$): Grimaldi’s roots go back to the first pizzeria in America in 1905 and they are still famous for their coal-fired brick oven pizza. Grimaldi’s is almost always named as one of the top 5 (often top 2) pizzas in New York City.(http://www.grimaldisnyc.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Hanjan (212-206-7226; 36 West 26th Street; View MENU $$): The latest from Chef-Owner Hooni Kim (of Danji fame) is a modern joomak, featuring Korean tavern food best enjoyed with drinks. (www.hanjan26.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Harding’s (212-600-2105; 32 East 21st Street; View MENU $$$): The theme here is American dishes and spirits, and the kitchen is run by chef Ariel Fox (previously at ACME). (www.hardingsnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Hill Country BBQ Market  (212-255-4544; 30 west 26th street; View MENU $$):Winner of the Best BBQ in New York City for 2008 by New York Magazine, Hill Country styles itself after Texas BBQ, with dry rubbed and smoked meats and all the sides and trimmings. (http://www.hillcountryny.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Hill Country Chicken (212-257-6446; 1123 Broadway; View MENU $$):Spinoff of the Hill Country BBQ market, HCC focuses on fried chicken, sides, and homemade pies. (www.hillcountrychicken.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3 stars)

Incognito Bistro (212-414-1231; 30 West 18th Street; View MENU $$$):An Italian menu of fish, meats, pizza, and pasta by Chef /co-Owner Paolo Montana (www.incognitobistro.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

ilili (212-683-2929; 236 5th Avenue; View MENU $$):Authentic yet contemporary Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish setting. (http://www.ililinyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

John Dory Oyster Bar (212-792-9000; 1196 Broadway; View MENU $$): April Bloomfield’s John Dory Oyster Bar features a raw bar, crudo and an assortment of cold and hot plates including the famous Oyster pan roast with uni crostini, plus a drink menu by by Sasha Petraske of Milk &  Honey fame. (http://thejohndory.com/index.html)

Reviews: Yelp (3 stars)

Junoon (212-490-2100; 27 West 24th Street; View MENU $$$):Refined Indian cuisine featuring 5 cooking styles of India: Tandoor (Clay Oven), Sigri (Open Fire Pit), Patthar (Stone Cooking), Tawa (Cast Iron Cooking) and Handi (Pot Cooking). (www.junoonnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars)

L & W Oyster Company (212-203-7772; 254 5th Avenue; View MENU $$$):The focus here is oysters, or more broadly, a clam/fish shack style spot. It’s the creation of Almond’s Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides along with Antonio Rappazzo, with Chef David Belknap from Per Se as chef de cuisine.  (http://landwoyster.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Le Pain Quotidien 646-395-9926; 931 Broadway; View MENU $): They serve house-made breads, favorites like pain au chocolat, open-faced sandwiches called tartines, and soups and salads among other things.  (www.lepainquotidien.us)

Reviews: Yelp

Les Halles (212-679-4111; 411 Park Avenue south; View MENU $$$):Parisian-style brasserie serving traditional French seafood and steak and the home base of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. (http://www.leshalles.net)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Lulu & Me Gastropub (212-290-2460; 253 5th Avenue; View MENU $$): Lulu & Me is owned by husband and wife team, Michael Miele and Karen Fohrhaltz, and serves up shareable small/medium/large plates of predominantly Italian style and flavors. (http://luluand.me/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Magia Osteria Italiana (646-596-7864; 27 East 23rd Street; View MENU $$$):Italian contemporary wine bar and restaurant with Italian wine by the glass and high-end prosciutto and Italian deli meats. (http://www.magiany.com)

Reviews: Yelp ()

Markt (212-727-3314; 676 6th Avenue; View MENU $$): Relocated from the MeatPacking Distict, Markt offers waffles, mussels, meats, beers, and other traditional Belgian cuisine. The dame blanche dessert with Belgian chocolate sauce is a crowd pleaser. (www.marktrestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Maysville (646-490-8240; 17 West 26th Street; View MENU $$): Sean Josephs, who owns Char No 4 in Brooklyn, opened up Maysville featuring New American fare with quite a bit of seafood on the menu, as well as seasonal dishes. They also have bourbon cocktails, a diverse beer list, and wines by the glass. At the helm in the kitchen is Chef Kyle Knall, the former sous-chef at Gramercy Tavern. (http://maysvillenyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Millesime (212-889-7100; 92 Madison Avenue; View MENU $$$): Casual French seafood brasserie headed by Chef Laurent Manrique, the former executive chef at San Francisco’s Aqua restaurant which received 2 Michelin stars in 2006-2008. (http://millesimerestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Nomad Restaurant (347-472-5660; 1170 Broadway; View MENU $$$): Celebrated Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park opened the Nomad as a more casual yet still composed restaurant featuring contemporary French/European/American dishes. Also offering the open air Nomad rooftop dining experience during the summer. www.thenomadhotel.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars)

No. 7 Sub (212-532-1680; 1188 Broadway; View MENU $$): Some of the best and most innovative sub sandwiches you are going to find anywhere, pairing interesting combinations of the freshest ingredients. (www.no7sub.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Parea (212-777-8448; 36 E 20th Street; View MENU $$$): A modern Greek restaurant featuring classic Greek appetizers and entrees with Mediterranean and American influences. (www.pareabistro.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Raymi (212-929-1200; 43 West 24th Street; View MENU $$$): Richard Sandoval’s modern Peruvian restaurant which feature ceviches, tiraditos (Peruvian sashimi), meat and seafood skewers, and entrees such as Hot Rock Ceviche, Arroz con Pato, Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, and more. Plus 30 pisco infusions. (www.richardsandoval.com/raymi)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Petit Abeille (212-727-2989; 43 east 17th street; View MENU $$): Traditional Belgian food in a cafe-like atmosphere with a popular brunch and outstanding hot chocolate. (http://www.petiteabeille.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Punch (212-673-6333; 913 Broadway; View MENU $$): Eclectic and affordable new American dishes focused on seasonal ingredients. (www.punchrestaurant.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Resto (212-685-5585; 111 E 29th Street; View MENU $$): Casual bistro environment offering well-prepared Belgian dishes and beers, including what was rated the best hamburger in New York City for 2008 by New York Magazine. (www.restonyc.com/)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Sagaponack (212-229-2226; 4 West 22nd Street; View MENU $$): A raw bar, conch bar, and seafood restaurant in the heart of the Flatiron. (www.sagaponacknyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen (212-233-1025; 23 East 23rd Street; View MENU $): High quality modern diner feel serving up burgers, a large selection of freshly grilled chicken sandwiches and fresh salads such as the Asian Chop, the Fig & Blue Cheese, and the Fresh Beet & Goat Cheese. (www.schnippers.com)

Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars)

Sen Restaurant (212-388-5736; 12 W 21st Street; View MENU $$$)Popular Sag Harbor Japanese spot Sen just opened up a new location in the Flatiron with Executive Chef Bryan Emperor and Executive Sushi Chef Hiro Sawatari running the kitchen. Sen features Japanese dishes plus a full sushi menu. (www.senrestaurant.com/nyc/)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Shake Shack (in Madison Square Park; View MENU $): The Shake Shack serves up burgers, hot dogs, sausage, fries, frozen custards, concretes, and beer and wine in the middle of Madison Square Park. Some people consider their Shack Burger the best in the city. Lines are long but check out the Shack Cam before you go. (www.shakeshack.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Shorty’s Authentic Philly Steaks & Sandwiches (212-725-3900; 66 Madison; View MENU $): Shorty’s serves up steak sandwiches, chicken steak sandwiches and roast pork and chicken cutlet sandwiches, all Philly style. The freshly baked Italian rolls are shipped in from Philadelphia. (www.shortysnyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Stix Mediterranean Grill (212-673-6666; 112 E 23rd Street.; View MENU $): Stix serves up contemporary, local, sustainable and organic kebabs (“stix”) as well as Mediterranean salads and spreads.The kebabs range from free range chicken, to seasoned ground lamb and beef, to shrimp, tuna, pork, and vegetarian. (http://stixny.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Sweetgreen (646-449-8884; 1164 Broadway; View MENU $): Sweetgreen features farm to table salads, wraps, frozen yogurt and pressed juice. An excellent healthy lunch spot (open late) where you can eat in or take it away. (http://sweetgreen.com/menu)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Tamarind (212-674-7400; 43 East 22nd street; View MENU $$$): Excellent dishes from across Indian cuisine served in a higher-end atmosphere. Food is prepared and served with great care using the finest ingredients. (www.tamarind22.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Tappo Thin Crust Pizza (212-674-7400; 49 West 24th street; View MENU $$): The name doesn’t lie. This is super-thin crust pizza with dozens of topping choices and 11 house pies.  (www.tappothincrust.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Terri (212-647-8810; 64 West 23rd street; View MENU $): 100% vegan and Kosher sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh juices and smoothies at affordable prices. (terrinyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Wahoo’s Fish Taco (212-466-3330 ; 333 Park Avenue South near 25th St); View MENU $): Wahoo’s serves up all kinds of tacos in addition to fish (carne asada, carnitas, veggie, etc) as well as burritos, burrito bowls, soups, and salads. (www.wahoos.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars)

Zero Otto Nove (212-242-0899; 15 West 21st Street; View MENU $$): Zero Otto Nove is much beloved on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, and while they may be known for their pizza, they also serve a full menu of pastas and entrees. (www.roberto089.com/ZeroManhattan/index.htm)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

Zio (212-352-1700; 17 West 19th Street; View MENU $$$): Innovative southern Italian and Mediterranean inspired food with Chef Massimiliano (Max) Convertini, originally from Ostuni, at the helm.. (www.zio-nyc.com)

Reviews: Yelp (4 stars)

$=You can eat for ~$10/person    $$=You can eat for ~$15-30/person    $$$=You can eat for ~$30-50    $$$$ ~50-100+/person     (Does not include drinks)