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 October 2018: For the fall, the 38 is switching out seven restaurants. Sichuan fare is all over the place in New York now, but the boundary pushing of Szechuan Mountain House, which has locations in Flushing and East Village, brings it to the top. The constantly packed newcomer from industry veterans Frenchette joins the list too, for its food, drinks, and warm service. New York’s best chain Xi’an Famous Foods lands a deserved place on the list, while underrated Vietnamese bistro Madame Vo slides on for its homey fare. Via Carota returns for its consistent Italian vegetables and comforting service, and Nur snags a spot for eclectic Middle Eastern small plates in a sleek space. And finally, the legendary square slices and tiny pepperonis of Prince Street Pizza join, the only slice spot to be on the 38.
To make room, Aldea, Dumpling Galaxy, Balthazar, Spicy Village, Hanoi House, I Sodi, and Ping Seafood 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