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 October 2019: For the fall, Fort Greene Israeli restaurant Miss Ada — a place that’s both a neighborhood spot and a creative Middle Eastern food destination — joins the list. Bronx Jewish institution Liebman’s Deli comes on, as does the borough’s small but ambitious Oaxacan restaurant La Morada. Cozy Tuscan restaurant Fiaschetteria Pistoia lands a spot for its charming vibes and on-point pastas, and finally, on the Upper East Side, elegant upscale seafood restaurant Flora Bar returns to the 38 as a high-end option as well.
To make room, Cote, Roberto’s, Nur, Claro, and Marlow & Sons — though all still worth visiting — are leaving the list for now.Read More