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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, October '14

An updated list of Eater's most essential restaurants in New York City.

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, after much reflection and poring over reader emails, comments, and forum discussions, Hell's Kitchen's blockbuster food hall Gotham West Market is getting swapped out for Jody Williams' perennially charming West Village wine bar, Buvette. The reliable Ushiwakamaru, which may soon close, is being replaced by David Bouhadana's excellent and affordable Sushi Dojo. And out in Brooklyn, Dale Talde's eponymous Asian-American restaurant, Talde, gets traded for Red Hook's Texas-style barbecue hall, Hometown Bar-B-Que. Check out the revamped Eater 38:

Rather than a stage-4 meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion? Send us an email, or take your suggestions over to the discussion boards.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan.

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Royal Seafood Restaurant

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Tamarind TriBeCa

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Head to this excellent Tribeca restaurant to sample dishes from all across India, in a comfortable, and ever-so-slightly elegant setting. Tamarind Tribeca is a smart choice for a business lunch Downtown, and it's also a fine pick for date night. [Sam Horine]

Mission Cantina

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Peasant

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Balthazar Restaurant

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Rubirosa

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The Dutch

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Charlie Bird

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Sushi Dojo NYC

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Buvette

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The Spotted Pig

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ABC Kitchen

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Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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Gramercy Tavern

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Gramercy Tavern is the king of farm-to-table cuisine in New York City. The front room is one of the best places in New York for a leisurely lunch, or a romantic meal during the week. [Daniel Krieger]

The Cannibal Beer & Butcher

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Szechuan Gourmet

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Keens Steakhouse

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Katsu-Hama

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Bar Boulud

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The Cecil

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This comfortable aerie above a hair salon offers some of the finest Tibetan food you’ve ever tasted, representative of the flock of Himalayan restaurants that have taken over the Jackson Heights dining scene. There’s blood sausage, meaty curries, the ragged noodles called thenthuk, and don’t miss the wiggly mung-bean jelly laphing, carpeted with Sichuan peppercorns. -- Robert Sietsema

Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna

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Bella Puebla

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M. Wells Dinette

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Reynard

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St. Anselm

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Roberta's Pizza

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La Vara

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Mile End Delicatessen

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Littleneck

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Hometown Bar-B-Que

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