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 January 2019: For winter, the 38 is switching out eight restaurants. Greenpoint bistro Chez Ma Tante joins for its simple but thoughtful and creative French-Canadian food. The lively communal dining of Thai restaurant Fish Cheeks comes on for both flavorful food and a bright, inviting scene. The revamped Malaysian cafe Kopitiam, perfect for any meal of the day or even a snack, deservedly gets a spot. Little Italy tapas gem Tomiño, where dishes from Spain’s northwest coast shine, also lands on the 38, as does Bolivian Llama Party, one of the few Bolivian spots in the city. The modern Indian offerings of Rahi bring it to the top, and the obsessive pizzamaking of Ops in Bushwick brings it to the list, too. Finally, Eater NY now welcomes red sauce restaurant Roberto’s, a fine taste of pasta in the Bronx.
To make room, Roberta’s, Wildair, MáLà Project, Uncle Boons, Lilia, Victor’s Cafe, St. Anselm, and Prince Street Pizza — though all still excellent and worthy of a visit — depart the list for now.
Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan, then over to the Bronx, then Queens, and down through Brooklyn.Read More