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15 of New York's Most Underrated Restaurants

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2013_underrated_restaurants12.jpegLast week, Eater asked readers to name the most underrated restaurants in New York, and both the comments section and the tipline were flooded with nominations. Some of these restaurants are small neighborhood places that have been quietly serving great food for years, while others are newer establishments that haven't exploded yet. We sifted through the pile and chose our 15 favorites. Obvious shills were ignored.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Redhead

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349 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-6212
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Meg Grace's tiny East Village restaurant serves some of the best gussied up comfort food in the city. The bacon peanut brittle, waffle chips with dip, low country shrimp, and buttermilk fried chicken are all great. Frank Bruni chose The Redhead as the subject of his final review for the New York Times, writing, "It isn't exactly like any other downtown restaurant I know — its semi-polished, Southern-inflected pub grub is all its own." [Photo: Foursquare]

2. Dovetail

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103 W 77th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-3800
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At Dovetail, John Fraser serves market-driven modern American cuisine in a quiet, very adult setting. Fraser has a knack for working with seasonal produce, and all of his dishes — even the roasted chicken and filet mignon — have some type of fresh vegetable component. Dovetail offers a nightly four-course prix fixe for $85, a Sunday supper for $52, and Monday night four-course vegetable-centric menu for $52.[Photo: Foursquare]

3. Sorella

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95 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 274-9595
Sorella is a great choice for date night. The dining room at Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen's Lower East Side Italian restaurant is blessed with great light. The menu always has a few solid entrees, but the best thing to do here is to order several of the small plates and pastas and share them. Make sure to get the fried broccoli, the pici with spicy pork ragu, and the crispy sweetbreads. [Photo: Sorella]

4. Potlikker

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338 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-9808
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At Potlikker, chef Liza Queen serves quirky, market-driven New American fare with a slight Southern accent. The menu changes all the time, but you will always find hearty sandwiches and shareable vegetable dishes, as well as serious proteins like a brick chicken and a strip steak. It's not an expensive restaurant, and the dining room is bright and comfortable. Make sure to get the Dutch baby pancake topped with fried oysters and goat cheese. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Corsino

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637 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-3093
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The pastas, antipasti, and crostini are the main attractions at this casual West Village restaurant. Most dishes are priced under $20.[Photo: Corsino]

6. Apiary

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60 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-0888
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In 2009, Adam Platt wrote that Apiary's Scott Bryan was "one of New York’s more gifted under-the-radar chefs." Bryan's menu at this East Village New American restaurant includes things like a roasted organic chicken with potato puree, Scottish salmon with trout roe, and a New York strip steak with roasted shallots. Entrees are priced in the mid 20s, and the restaurant also offers a five-course tasting for $67, as well as a seven-course tasting for $82. [Photo:

7. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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It may not be as trailblazing as Torrisi Italian Specialties across the street, but Rubirosa always delivers satisfying Italian-American fare that's a few notches above what you find at most moderately priced pasta parlors. Pro tip: Chef Al Di Meglio always runs some great specials. [Photo: Rubirosa]

8. Jack's Wife Freda

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224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550
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The menu at this cute Soho restaurant has something for everyone. Jack's Wife Freda serves a terrific cheeseburger for $14, plus things like matzo ball soup, a skirt steak sandwich, vegetable curry, and moules frites. The prices are surprisingly low for Soho. [Photo: Jack's Wife Freda]

9. Resto

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111 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-5585
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People have always loved the burger and the large format feasts at Resto, and now Preston Clark's new menu is also starting to get some serious buzz from the food bloggers. The chef's menu has a few shareable dry aged steaks, as well as things like schnitzel with beef heart, crispy chicken with roasted mushrooms, and a roasted bone-in lamb shoulder. Several readers also recommend Resto's casual sister restaurant Th Cannibal, which specializes in charcuterie and craft beer. [Photo: Resto]

10. Tocqueville Restaurant

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1 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 647-1515
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The menu at Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky's elegant French-American restaurant is a mix of vegetable-based creations and dishes made with top-notch proteins and luxury ingredients. If you want something rich, go for the seared scallops with foie gras or the sensational sea urchin and angel hair "carbonara." Tocqueville offers an a la carte menu as well as five course and seven course tasting menus. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the restaurant also serves a $55 three-course greenmarket menu during the week. [Photo: Tocqueville]

11. Five Points

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31 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 253-5700
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Marc Meyer's Mediterranean-influenced American restaurant is a good choice for a breakfast meeting or a casual weeknight dinner. Five Points serves an underrated burger and a great roasted Amish chicken. This is a relaxed neighborhood restaurant that happens to be right in the middle of one of the hottest dining districts in Manhattan right now. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Mas (farmhouse)

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39 Downing St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1790
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Galen Zamarra's West Village charmer is still going strong after almost a decade in business. Zamarra cooks French-influenced American fare made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Right now, the menu includes things like roasted duck breast with yogurt, gnudi made with farmer's cheese, scallop-crusted halibut, and corn soup with butter-poached lobster. Mas offers a nightly three-course prix fixe for $78.[Photo: Mas (Farmhouse)]

13. L'Artusi

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228 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-5757
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Chef Gabe Thompson has a gift for making rustic pasta dishes. At L'Artusi, he serves things like potato gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce, fettuccine with rabbit cacciatore, and pici with peekytoe crab. Most pastas are under $20.[Photo: Horine]

14. Ushiwakamaru

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136 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-4181
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Although it may not be one of the top Japanese fish parlors of this city, Ushiwakamaru serves very good sushi at a reasonable price. It's constantly busy, but you should be able to make a reservation with a few hours notice. The restaurant offers an omakase as well as a la carte sushi, plus soups, salads, and appetizers. [Photo: Ushiwakamaru]

15. Prospect

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773 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 596-6826
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A lot of readers recommend this year-old Fort Greene restaurant, which is starting to get some buzz from the critics and bloggers right now. The menu includes things like charred octopus with piquillo peppers, butter-poached lobster with summer truffles, seared foie gras with sunflower seeds, and a dry-aged sirloin steak. Propsect offers an $80 five-course tasting in addition to the regular a la carte menu. [Photo: Yelp]

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1. The Redhead

349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Meg Grace's tiny East Village restaurant serves some of the best gussied up comfort food in the city. The bacon peanut brittle, waffle chips with dip, low country shrimp, and buttermilk fried chicken are all great. Frank Bruni chose The Redhead as the subject of his final review for the New York Times, writing, "It isn't exactly like any other downtown restaurant I know — its semi-polished, Southern-inflected pub grub is all its own." [Photo: Foursquare]
349 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

2. Dovetail

103 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024
At Dovetail, John Fraser serves market-driven modern American cuisine in a quiet, very adult setting. Fraser has a knack for working with seasonal produce, and all of his dishes — even the roasted chicken and filet mignon — have some type of fresh vegetable component. Dovetail offers a nightly four-course prix fixe for $85, a Sunday supper for $52, and Monday night four-course vegetable-centric menu for $52.[Photo: Foursquare]
103 W 77th St
New York, NY 10024

3. Sorella

95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Sorella is a great choice for date night. The dining room at Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen's Lower East Side Italian restaurant is blessed with great light. The menu always has a few solid entrees, but the best thing to do here is to order several of the small plates and pastas and share them. Make sure to get the fried broccoli, the pici with spicy pork ragu, and the crispy sweetbreads. [Photo: Sorella]
95 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

4. Potlikker

338 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
At Potlikker, chef Liza Queen serves quirky, market-driven New American fare with a slight Southern accent. The menu changes all the time, but you will always find hearty sandwiches and shareable vegetable dishes, as well as serious proteins like a brick chicken and a strip steak. It's not an expensive restaurant, and the dining room is bright and comfortable. Make sure to get the Dutch baby pancake topped with fried oysters and goat cheese. [Photo: Facebook]
338 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

5. Corsino

637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
The pastas, antipasti, and crostini are the main attractions at this casual West Village restaurant. Most dishes are priced under $20.[Photo: Corsino]
637 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

6. Apiary

60 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
In 2009, Adam Platt wrote that Apiary's Scott Bryan was "one of New York’s more gifted under-the-radar chefs." Bryan's menu at this East Village New American restaurant includes things like a roasted organic chicken with potato puree, Scottish salmon with trout roe, and a New York strip steak with roasted shallots. Entrees are priced in the mid 20s, and the restaurant also offers a five-course tasting for $67, as well as a seven-course tasting for $82. [Photo:
60 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
It may not be as trailblazing as Torrisi Italian Specialties across the street, but Rubirosa always delivers satisfying Italian-American fare that's a few notches above what you find at most moderately priced pasta parlors. Pro tip: Chef Al Di Meglio always runs some great specials. [Photo: Rubirosa]
235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

8. Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
The menu at this cute Soho restaurant has something for everyone. Jack's Wife Freda serves a terrific cheeseburger for $14, plus things like matzo ball soup, a skirt steak sandwich, vegetable curry, and moules frites. The prices are surprisingly low for Soho. [Photo: Jack's Wife Freda]
224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

9. Resto

111 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
People have always loved the burger and the large format feasts at Resto, and now Preston Clark's new menu is also starting to get some serious buzz from the food bloggers. The chef's menu has a few shareable dry aged steaks, as well as things like schnitzel with beef heart, crispy chicken with roasted mushrooms, and a roasted bone-in lamb shoulder. Several readers also recommend Resto's casual sister restaurant Th Cannibal, which specializes in charcuterie and craft beer. [Photo: Resto]
111 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016

10. Tocqueville Restaurant

1 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
The menu at Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky's elegant French-American restaurant is a mix of vegetable-based creations and dishes made with top-notch proteins and luxury ingredients. If you want something rich, go for the seared scallops with foie gras or the sensational sea urchin and angel hair "carbonara." Tocqueville offers an a la carte menu as well as five course and seven course tasting menus. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the restaurant also serves a $55 three-course greenmarket menu during the week. [Photo: Tocqueville]
1 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Five Points

31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
Marc Meyer's Mediterranean-influenced American restaurant is a good choice for a breakfast meeting or a casual weeknight dinner. Five Points serves an underrated burger and a great roasted Amish chicken. This is a relaxed neighborhood restaurant that happens to be right in the middle of one of the hottest dining districts in Manhattan right now. [Photo: Facebook]
31 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012

12. Mas (farmhouse)

39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014
Galen Zamarra's West Village charmer is still going strong after almost a decade in business. Zamarra cooks French-influenced American fare made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Right now, the menu includes things like roasted duck breast with yogurt, gnudi made with farmer's cheese, scallop-crusted halibut, and corn soup with butter-poached lobster. Mas offers a nightly three-course prix fixe for $78.[Photo: Mas (Farmhouse)]
39 Downing St
New York, NY 10014

13. L'Artusi

228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
Chef Gabe Thompson has a gift for making rustic pasta dishes. At L'Artusi, he serves things like potato gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce, fettuccine with rabbit cacciatore, and pici with peekytoe crab. Most pastas are under $20.[Photo: Horine]
228 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

14. Ushiwakamaru

136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Although it may not be one of the top Japanese fish parlors of this city, Ushiwakamaru serves very good sushi at a reasonable price. It's constantly busy, but you should be able to make a reservation with a few hours notice. The restaurant offers an omakase as well as a la carte sushi, plus soups, salads, and appetizers. [Photo: Ushiwakamaru]
136 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012

15. Prospect

773 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
A lot of readers recommend this year-old Fort Greene restaurant, which is starting to get some buzz from the critics and bloggers right now. The menu includes things like charred octopus with piquillo peppers, butter-poached lobster with summer truffles, seared foie gras with sunflower seeds, and a dry-aged sirloin steak. Propsect offers an $80 five-course tasting in addition to the regular a la carte menu. [Photo: Yelp]
773 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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