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? And for the newest places that food obsessives are checking out, see the heatmaps for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Added in July 2019: For the summer, the 38 is switching out six restaurants. The combo of comforting Korean classics and smart fusion at Haenyeo in Park Slope joins. The classic New York slice gets its due at Scarr’s, a Lower East Side gem from an NYC native. Prospect Heights restaurant MeMe’s Diner, which has helped spawn other thoughtful and modern all-day restaurants in Brooklyn, gains a spot on the list. Ramen returns to the list with E.A.K. Ramen, a Japanese import with thick noodles and a flavor-packed pork-and-chicken blend broth. Fancy omakase Noda joins the list for its well-paced meal and special occasion decor. And finally, Atomix — one of the city’s most exciting new tasting menu restaurants, and a best new restaurant in the country — lands a spot as a worthy higher-end option.
To make room, Le Coucou, Chez Ma Tante, Sullivan Street Bakery, Her Name Is Han, Torishin, and Shuko — while all still restaurants worth visiting — are leaving the list for now.Read More