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The Hottest Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now, November 2014

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, what Michael White is up to these days. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Check out the map of Manhattan's 20 hottest restaurants below, then take a look at the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn and Queens.

Restaurants are listed by opening date

10/04/13: Added: Toro, Contra, The Cecil, American Cut, The Chester, Pagani, Hirohisa, Enduro.
11/07/13: Added: Kingside, Red Farm UWS, El Quinto Pino El Comedor, Tao Downtown, Bisoturo, Villard Michel Richard.
12/05/13: Added: Mission Cantina, Gotham West Market, Rotisserie Georgette, Butter, Fung Tu, Cucina Ciano, Barbalu, Skal.
01/14: Added: Ristorante Morini, Telepan Local, China Blue, The Heath, Mountain Bird, Bo's, The Peacock.
02/06/14: Added: Narcissa, All'Onda, The Clam, Empire Diner, Bodega Negra, Margaux, Rosette.
03/05/14: Added: Gato, Navy, General Assembly, Gallaghers.
04/03/14: Added: Bar Bolonat, The Gander, Antonioni's, Chicane, Chez Jef.
05/01/14: Added: Barchetta, Tavern on the Green, El Vez, Racines, Cafe El Presidente, Tessa, Huertas.
06/05/14: Bâtard, Bar Primi, Claudette, Russ & Daughters Cafe, Hudson Eats, Baz Bagel & Restaurant, Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, Roof at Park South, Decoy, Bacchanal, Beautique, Blenheim.
07/03/14: Added: Cherche Midi, The Nomad Bar, elan, Root and Bone, Ivan Ramen
08/07/14: Added: Corkbuzz Chelsea, Grand Banks, Crimson & Rye, Hamilton's Soda Fountain
09/04/14: Added: Dirty French, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, Mulino a Vino, Mighty Quinn's BBQ West Village
10/02/14: Added: GG's, Marta, White Street, Birds & Bubbles
11/06/14: Added: Kappo Masa, Empellon Al Pastor, Cosme, Upland, The Little Beet Table, Bowery Meat Company, Little Park, Shuko

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dirty French

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180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-3000
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The Torrisi team's very first venture into the realm of French dining is one of the most anticipated restaurants of the season. The restaurant, which is on the ground floor of the Ludlow Hotel, has a menu that spans French-influenced regions ranging from Morocco to New Orleans. Plus, in typical Torrisi fashion, there are a few showstoppers, including tableside oyster service. [Daniel Krieger]

2. Mulino a Vino

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337w 14th street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 433-0818
Italian chef Davide Scabine, who runs the Michelin-starred Combal.Zero is behind the menu at this new wine bar. The bar takes the novel approach of having diners choose their wine first, and then pick food that would pair well with it. The menu is partly classic Italian, and partly in Scabin's out-there science-minded style. That means dishes that range from traditional pasta bolognese to a cacio e pepe bombolone. [Photo courtesy Mulino a Vino]

3. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

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151 West 51st Street
New York, NY
(212) 554-1143
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This classy wine bar is the first and only offshoot of Le Bernardin in its 28 years in existence. It's helmed by Le Bern's master sommelier, Aldo Sohm, and offers lunch as well as small plates in the evening, alongside its stellar wine list. The space has a lounge feel to it, with a big central couch, a long bar, and a few high tables. [Daniel Krieger]

4. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
This is the fifth addition to Hugh Mangum's rapidly expanding smoked meat empire, but only the second freestanding outpost in Manhattan. Like the Texas barbecue joints it's modeled after, it has counter service, giant beef ribs, and excellent smoked brisket. And, unlike the East Village original, this new one serves wine as well as beer. [Bess Adler]

5. Corkbuzz Wine Studio - Chelsea Market

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 237-4847
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Master sommelier and restaurateur Laura Maniec has opened a new outpost of her hit wine bar in Chelsea Market. This one has classy stadium-style seating, and a menu designed by former A Voce chef Missy Robbins. She's helping out while she plans her own restaurant, and serving small plates like marinated anchovies and veal tartare. The wine list includes personal picks from some top sommeliers. [Daniel Krieger]

6. Crimson & Rye

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198 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 687-6692
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Charlie Palmer recently opened this cocktail lounge in the lobby of the Lipstick Building. It has a big round bar and a lot of plush leather seating, and serves bar bites like fish tacos, sliders, and bruschetta along with new and classic cocktails. The wine list also includes an especially large selection of sparkling wines by the glass. This is a good spot for a post-work drink in Midtown. [Daniel Krieger]

7. Cherche Midi

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282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-3055
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Legendary restaurateur Keith McNally recently opened this French restaurant in the space that formerly housed his short-lived Italian project, Pulino's. This is a softer, prettier restaurant than the Italian one, with a menu that includes brasserie favorites, a few original dishes in the New American vein, and several big slabs of meat. McNally and his crew also spent months developing a fancy burger to rival the one served at Minetta Tavern. The early word is through the roof. [Nick Solares]

8. The NoMad Bar

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10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001
Don't let the name fool you — The Nomad Bar is actually a full-service restaurant offering a new set of dishes from Daniel Humm and James Kent. Early diners are raving about the chicken pot pie (stuffed with black truffles and foie), the hot dog (wrapped in bacon), and the pork (basically a schnitzel sandwich). The bar is serving favorites from next door, plus large format drinks and reserve cocktails made with premium spirits, priced $28 to $198. Note: The Nomad Bar has its own entrance on West 28th Street, but you can also enter through the hotel/restaurant next door. [Nick Solares]

9. Marta

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29 E 29th Street
New York, NY
(212) 651-3800
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Danny Meyer's white hot new pizzeria is a tough table to get these days, but if you can land a seat, Nick Anderer is turning out excellent thin-crusted Roman pies, as well as dishes like rabbit meatballs and wood-grilled beer can chicken. Plus, since it's located in the Martha Washington Hotel, Marta is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Daniel Krieger]

10. White Street Restaurant

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221 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 944-8378
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After leaving his longtime position at North End Grill, Floyd Cardoz has gone on to open White Street with Dan Abrams, Dave Zinczenko, and Christine Cole. The space is big and swanky, and the "global" menu includes dishes like stuffed quail, bouillabaisse, and braised short ribs with grits. [Daniel Krieger]

11. Birds & Bubbles

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100B Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 368-9240
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Sarah Simmons, the chef behind supper club event space City Grit, has just opened this ode to Champagne and fried chicken in the old Grotto space. Fried chicken, of course, is the center of the menu, but there are also dishes like crawfish etouffee, buttermilk braised pork shank, and green bean casserole. [Daniel Krieger]

12. GG's

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511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 687-3641
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Nick Morgenstern recently gave Goat Town a total revamp to reopen it as GG's, a pizza and pasta-focused restaurant. The pies range from a classic Grandma to one with lamb chorizo and sauce vert, and all the pastas are baked. The menu also includes dishes like a burger and cast iron chicken, and so far the early word on those pizzas is very strong. [Bess Adler]

13. Empellón Al Pastor

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132 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 367-0999
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With two more upscale Mexican restaurants already under his belt, Alex Stupak has now added this dive-inspired taco bar to his Empellon family. There's a long list of tequila cocktails and micheladas (some designed by chefs like Wylie Dufresne), and a shorter list of classic tacos and sides, which have to be ordered at a counter. Robert Sietsema and Ryan Sutton agree that the namesake al pastor is the way to go. [Daniel Krieger]

14. The Little Beet Table

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333 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010
Franklin Becker just opened this full-service offshoot of his popular, health-conscious Midtown lunch spot. The menu is entirely gluten-free, and heavy on the vegetables, but that doesn't mean there's not a burger and a roast chicken on the menu. Otherwise expect green juice alongside straightforward cocktails, and dishes like mushroom flatbread, grilled carrots with whipped ricotta, and quinoa "risotto." [Bess Adler]

15. Kappo Masa

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976 Madison avenue
New York, NY 10075
Masa Takayama, the sushi chef responsible for New York's most expensive tasting menu (at Masa), has teamed up with Larry Gagosian to open this restaurant in the Upper East Side Gagosian Gallery. The menu is lengthy, ranging from spicy wings to traditional sushi rolls to the trademarked noodles made entirely out of fish, and features plenty of toro and caviar. Don't expect prices to be much gentler than Masa. [Daniel Krieger]

16. Cosme

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35 E 21st Street
New York, NY
(212) 913-9659
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This modern Mexican restaurant from acclaimed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera is one of the most wildly anticipated openings of the fall. The menu includes a mussel tostada with Russian salad, burrata with salsa verde and "weeds," duck carnitas, and freshly pressed tortillas made from heirloom varieties of corn from Mexico. Tables are allegedly booked up until 2015, but it still possible to walk in and wait, or sit in the lounge up front and dine on bar snacks like guacamole or the burrata. [Daniel Krieger]

17. Upland

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345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010
(212) 686-1006
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Former Il Buco Alimentari chef Justin Smillie just opened this big California-style brasserie with Philly-bsed big box restaurateur Stephen Starr. The seasonal menu leans Italian, with some pizzas and pastas like spaghetti with sea urchin, and pappardelle with sausage ragu. Other dishes range from lobster ceviche to a shortrib for two with olives, walnuts, and celery. [Daniel Krieger]

18. Bowery Meat Company

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9 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 460-5255
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A modern version of a steakhouse from John McDonald and chef Josh Capon (both of Lure, El Toro Blanco, B&B). The menu isn't without the classics — there's a New York strip, a burger, and a broiled lobster — but it also includes a duck lasagna for two, foie gras parfait, and live sea scallop. And the space (once home to Veselka Bowery) is now dark and modern, and includes the salvaged remains of MercBar in the ceiling. [Photo courtesy BMCo]

19. Little Park at the Smyth

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85 W Broadway
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-7000
Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and crew just opened this stylish, modern hotel restaurant. Here the focus is on all things seasonal and local, and the menu includes a lengthy section devoted to vegetables. Expect dishes like beet tartare, artichoke stuffed with lamb, kale ravioli, and a fire-roasted dry aged duck. Tucked away behind a fireplace in the hotel lobby is also Evening Bar, Carmellini's cocktail lounge, which is serving up both classic and original cocktails, including one "porcini nog" made with actual mushrooms. [Daniel Krieger]

20. SHUKO

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47 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-6088
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This new sushi restaurant from former Neta chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau has just 20 seats, and offers two menus: a sushi-only omakase, or a longer kaiseke-style omakase. The former costs $135, the latter is $175. The duo have given little indication of what exactly they'll serve, but they ran a more casual pop-up version of Shuko in the Hamptons this summer, and perusing the of that project should give some idea of what to expect. [Daniel Krieger]

1. Dirty French

180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
The Torrisi team's very first venture into the realm of French dining is one of the most anticipated restaurants of the season. The restaurant, which is on the ground floor of the Ludlow Hotel, has a menu that spans French-influenced regions ranging from Morocco to New Orleans. Plus, in typical Torrisi fashion, there are a few showstoppers, including tableside oyster service. [Daniel Krieger]
180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

2. Mulino a Vino

337w 14th street, New York, NY 10014
Italian chef Davide Scabine, who runs the Michelin-starred Combal.Zero is behind the menu at this new wine bar. The bar takes the novel approach of having diners choose their wine first, and then pick food that would pair well with it. The menu is partly classic Italian, and partly in Scabin's out-there science-minded style. That means dishes that range from traditional pasta bolognese to a cacio e pepe bombolone. [Photo courtesy Mulino a Vino]
337w 14th street
New York, NY 10014

3. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

151 West 51st Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
This classy wine bar is the first and only offshoot of Le Bernardin in its 28 years in existence. It's helmed by Le Bern's master sommelier, Aldo Sohm, and offers lunch as well as small plates in the evening, alongside its stellar wine list. The space has a lounge feel to it, with a big central couch, a long bar, and a few high tables. [Daniel Krieger]
151 West 51st Street
New York, NY

4. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
This is the fifth addition to Hugh Mangum's rapidly expanding smoked meat empire, but only the second freestanding outpost in Manhattan. Like the Texas barbecue joints it's modeled after, it has counter service, giant beef ribs, and excellent smoked brisket. And, unlike the East Village original, this new one serves wine as well as beer. [Bess Adler]
75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

5. Corkbuzz Wine Studio - Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Master sommelier and restaurateur Laura Maniec has opened a new outpost of her hit wine bar in Chelsea Market. This one has classy stadium-style seating, and a menu designed by former A Voce chef Missy Robbins. She's helping out while she plans her own restaurant, and serving small plates like marinated anchovies and veal tartare. The wine list includes personal picks from some top sommeliers. [Daniel Krieger]
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

6. Crimson & Rye

198 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
Charlie Palmer recently opened this cocktail lounge in the lobby of the Lipstick Building. It has a big round bar and a lot of plush leather seating, and serves bar bites like fish tacos, sliders, and bruschetta along with new and classic cocktails. The wine list also includes an especially large selection of sparkling wines by the glass. This is a good spot for a post-work drink in Midtown. [Daniel Krieger]
198 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022

7. Cherche Midi

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |
Legendary restaurateur Keith McNally recently opened this French restaurant in the space that formerly housed his short-lived Italian project, Pulino's. This is a softer, prettier restaurant than the Italian one, with a menu that includes brasserie favorites, a few original dishes in the New American vein, and several big slabs of meat. McNally and his crew also spent months developing a fancy burger to rival the one served at Minetta Tavern. The early word is through the roof. [Nick Solares]
282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

8. The NoMad Bar

10 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
Don't let the name fool you — The Nomad Bar is actually a full-service restaurant offering a new set of dishes from Daniel Humm and James Kent. Early diners are raving about the chicken pot pie (stuffed with black truffles and foie), the hot dog (wrapped in bacon), and the pork (basically a schnitzel sandwich). The bar is serving favorites from next door, plus large format drinks and reserve cocktails made with premium spirits, priced $28 to $198. Note: The Nomad Bar has its own entrance on West 28th Street, but you can also enter through the hotel/restaurant next door. [Nick Solares]
10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001

9. Marta

29 E 29th Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
Danny Meyer's white hot new pizzeria is a tough table to get these days, but if you can land a seat, Nick Anderer is turning out excellent thin-crusted Roman pies, as well as dishes like rabbit meatballs and wood-grilled beer can chicken. Plus, since it's located in the Martha Washington Hotel, Marta is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Daniel Krieger]
29 E 29th Street
New York, NY

10. White Street Restaurant

221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Read Review |
After leaving his longtime position at North End Grill, Floyd Cardoz has gone on to open White Street with Dan Abrams, Dave Zinczenko, and Christine Cole. The space is big and swanky, and the "global" menu includes dishes like stuffed quail, bouillabaisse, and braised short ribs with grits. [Daniel Krieger]
221 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

11. Birds & Bubbles

100B Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002
Sarah Simmons, the chef behind supper club event space City Grit, has just opened this ode to Champagne and fried chicken in the old Grotto space. Fried chicken, of course, is the center of the menu, but there are also dishes like crawfish etouffee, buttermilk braised pork shank, and green bean casserole. [Daniel Krieger]
100B Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002

12. GG's

511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
Nick Morgenstern recently gave Goat Town a total revamp to reopen it as GG's, a pizza and pasta-focused restaurant. The pies range from a classic Grandma to one with lamb chorizo and sauce vert, and all the pastas are baked. The menu also includes dishes like a burger and cast iron chicken, and so far the early word on those pizzas is very strong. [Bess Adler]
511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

13. Empellón Al Pastor

132 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
With two more upscale Mexican restaurants already under his belt, Alex Stupak has now added this dive-inspired taco bar to his Empellon family. There's a long list of tequila cocktails and micheladas (some designed by chefs like Wylie Dufresne), and a shorter list of classic tacos and sides, which have to be ordered at a counter. Robert Sietsema and Ryan Sutton agree that the namesake al pastor is the way to go. [Daniel Krieger]
132 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

14. The Little Beet Table

333 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
Franklin Becker just opened this full-service offshoot of his popular, health-conscious Midtown lunch spot. The menu is entirely gluten-free, and heavy on the vegetables, but that doesn't mean there's not a burger and a roast chicken on the menu. Otherwise expect green juice alongside straightforward cocktails, and dishes like mushroom flatbread, grilled carrots with whipped ricotta, and quinoa "risotto." [Bess Adler]
333 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010

15. Kappo Masa

976 Madison avenue, New York, NY 10075
Masa Takayama, the sushi chef responsible for New York's most expensive tasting menu (at Masa), has teamed up with Larry Gagosian to open this restaurant in the Upper East Side Gagosian Gallery. The menu is lengthy, ranging from spicy wings to traditional sushi rolls to the trademarked noodles made entirely out of fish, and features plenty of toro and caviar. Don't expect prices to be much gentler than Masa. [Daniel Krieger]
976 Madison avenue
New York, NY 10075

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16. Cosme

35 E 21st Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
This modern Mexican restaurant from acclaimed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera is one of the most wildly anticipated openings of the fall. The menu includes a mussel tostada with Russian salad, burrata with salsa verde and "weeds," duck carnitas, and freshly pressed tortillas made from heirloom varieties of corn from Mexico. Tables are allegedly booked up until 2015, but it still possible to walk in and wait, or sit in the lounge up front and dine on bar snacks like guacamole or the burrata. [Daniel Krieger]
35 E 21st Street
New York, NY

17. Upland

345 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
Read Review |
Former Il Buco Alimentari chef Justin Smillie just opened this big California-style brasserie with Philly-bsed big box restaurateur Stephen Starr. The seasonal menu leans Italian, with some pizzas and pastas like spaghetti with sea urchin, and pappardelle with sausage ragu. Other dishes range from lobster ceviche to a shortrib for two with olives, walnuts, and celery. [Daniel Krieger]
345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010

18. Bowery Meat Company

9 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
A modern version of a steakhouse from John McDonald and chef Josh Capon (both of Lure, El Toro Blanco, B&B). The menu isn't without the classics — there's a New York strip, a burger, and a broiled lobster — but it also includes a duck lasagna for two, foie gras parfait, and live sea scallop. And the space (once home to Veselka Bowery) is now dark and modern, and includes the salvaged remains of MercBar in the ceiling. [Photo courtesy BMCo]
9 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

19. Little Park at the Smyth

85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and crew just opened this stylish, modern hotel restaurant. Here the focus is on all things seasonal and local, and the menu includes a lengthy section devoted to vegetables. Expect dishes like beet tartare, artichoke stuffed with lamb, kale ravioli, and a fire-roasted dry aged duck. Tucked away behind a fireplace in the hotel lobby is also Evening Bar, Carmellini's cocktail lounge, which is serving up both classic and original cocktails, including one "porcini nog" made with actual mushrooms. [Daniel Krieger]
85 W Broadway
New York, NY 10007

20. SHUKO

47 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
This new sushi restaurant from former Neta chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau has just 20 seats, and offers two menus: a sushi-only omakase, or a longer kaiseke-style omakase. The former costs $135, the latter is $175. The duo have given little indication of what exactly they'll serve, but they ran a more casual pop-up version of Shuko in the Hamptons this summer, and perusing the of that project should give some idea of what to expect. [Daniel Krieger]
47 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003

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