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 April 2019: For spring, the 38 is switching out five restaurants. The singular food at quirky East Village Jewish deli Harry & Ida’s joins the list, as does neighbor Le Sia’s affordable and exciting Chinese-spiced seafood. Greenpoint pho shop Di An Di’s modern Vietnamese served in a stunning space deservedly gets a spot, while Cervo’s also lands on the 38 for its seafood-heavy small plates and hip natural wine. Finally, Eater NY now welcomes Indian newcomer Adda, a homey, flavorful addition to Long Island City.
To make room, Madame Vo, Ugly Baby, Rahi, Szechuan Mountain House, and Tomiño Taberna Gallega — though all still excellent and worthy of a visit — depart the list for now.Read More