Welcome to the Eater 38, an elite collection of restaurants from across the city that define New York City’s dining scene right now — and that will satisfy the restaurant needs for locals and visitors alike: Find an NYC classic as well as a top-notch neighborhood restaurant, mind-numbingly spicy Chinese, and cutting edge Korean fare.
Every quarter, a few restaurants drop out of the list to make room for places that have stepped up their game or have increasing relevance. To warrant inclusion, a restaurant has to have been open for at least six months.
Rather than having a stage-four meltdown over the exclusion of a favorite restaurant from this list, wouldn’t it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?
Added in July 2018: This summer, the 38 is swapping out six restaurants. Always on-point yakitori restaurant Torishin returns to the 38. Stylish Sichuan stand-by MáLà Project joins, as does Gowanus Oaxacan hotspot Claro. Two old-schoolers land on the 38 this round, Chinatown seafood restaurant Ping and Astoria Greek restaurant Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna. And finally, the still very hip Noho Mexican all-day restaurant Atla makes it in.
To make room, Sakagura, Prune, Flaming Kitchen, Flora Bar, Boulud Sud, and Mu Ramen have left for now.
Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan, then over to Queens, and down through Brooklyn.Read More