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