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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. SHUKO

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47 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-6088
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of that project should give some idea of what to expect. [

Daniel Krieger]

2. 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]

3. 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]

4. 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]

5. 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]

6. 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]

7. 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]

8. 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]

9. Birds & Bubbles

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100B Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 368-9240
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10. White Street Restaurant

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221 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 944-8378
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11. Marta

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29 E 29th Street
New York, NY
(212) 651-3800
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[Daniel Krieger]

12. GG's

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511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 687-3641
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[Bess Adler]

13. Dirty French

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180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-3000
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[Daniel Krieger]

14. Mulino a Vino

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337w 14th street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 433-0818
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15. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

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151 West 51st Street
New York, NY
(212) 554-1143
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[Daniel Krieger]

16. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
[Bess Adler]

17. Corkbuzz Wine Studio - Chelsea Market

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 237-4847
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[Daniel Krieger]

18. Crimson & Rye

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198 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 687-6692
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[Daniel Krieger]

19. Cherche Midi

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282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-3055
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[Nick Solares]

20. The NoMad Bar

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10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001
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1. SHUKO

47 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
of that project should give some idea of what to expect. [

Daniel Krieger]

47 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Birds & Bubbles

100B Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002
[Daniel Krieger]
100B Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002

10. White Street Restaurant

221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
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[Daniel Krieger]
221 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

11. Marta

29 E 29th Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
[Daniel Krieger]
29 E 29th Street
New York, NY

12. GG's

511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
[Bess Adler]
511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

13. Dirty French

180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
[Daniel Krieger]
180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

14. Mulino a Vino

337w 14th street, New York, NY 10014
[Photo courtesy Mulino a Vino]
337w 14th street
New York, NY 10014

15. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

151 West 51st Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
[Daniel Krieger]
151 West 51st Street
New York, NY

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16. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
[Bess Adler]
75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

17. Corkbuzz Wine Studio - Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
[Daniel Krieger]
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

18. Crimson & Rye

198 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
[Daniel Krieger]
198 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022

19. Cherche Midi

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |
[Nick Solares]
282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

20. The NoMad Bar

10 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
[Nick Solares]
10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001

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