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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Jan. '10

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Here, now, the newly updated 2010 version of 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 month or so, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible, or have stepped up their game. We'll also drop those that are no longer deemed 38-worthy. The only serious rule of engagement here is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots.

After reading the comments on the most recent list, poring over the emails sent to to the tipline, and tuning in to various back channels, we're dropping Little Giant, Nougatine, and Co. and adding Prune, Marea, and Aldea.

Think there's a vital omission? Or a spot that shouldn't be here? Nominate your favorite restaurant in the comments or here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Locanda Verde

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377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3797
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2. Blaue Gans

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139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212)-571-8880
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3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

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14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 619-0085

4. Peasant

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194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-9511
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5. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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6. Raoul's Restaurant

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180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-3518
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7. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0404
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8. Lupa Osteria Romana

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170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5089
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9. Momofuku Ssam Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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10. Prune

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54 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

11. Ippudo NY

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65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088
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12. Minetta Tavern

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113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850
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13. Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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14. Little Owl

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90 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 741-4695
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15. Barbuto

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775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-9700
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16. Strip House New York

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13 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 328-0000
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17. Casa Mono

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125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-2773
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18. Socarrat Paella Bar

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259 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 462-1000
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19. Aldea

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31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

20. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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21. Esca Restaurant

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402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 564-7272
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22. Sushi Yasuda

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204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 972-1001
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23. Chin Chin

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216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 888-4555
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24. Convivio Restaurant

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45 Tudor City Pl
New York, NY 10017
(212) 599-5045
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25. Le Bilboquet

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25 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 751-3036

26. JG Melon Restaurant

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1291 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 650-1310
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27. Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

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316 E 86th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 472-1599
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28. Gennaro Restaurant

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665 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 665-5348

29. Dinosaur Barbecue

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646 W 131 St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 694-1777
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30. Roberta's

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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31. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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32. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3077
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33. Vinegar Hill House

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72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-1018
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34. Frankie's 457

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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35. Al Di La

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248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-8888‎
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36. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
(718) 899-9599
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37. Sapori D'Ischia

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55-15 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
(718) 446-1500
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38. Marea

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240 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

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1. Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

2. Blaue Gans

139 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

4. Peasant

194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

5. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

6. Raoul's Restaurant

180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

7. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

8. Lupa Osteria Romana

170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

9. Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Prune

54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

54 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

11. Ippudo NY

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

12. Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012

13. Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

14. Little Owl

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

90 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

15. Barbuto

775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

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16. Strip House New York

13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

13 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

17. Casa Mono

125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

18. Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

259 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

19. Aldea

31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

20. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

21. Esca Restaurant

402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

22. Sushi Yasuda

204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

23. Chin Chin

216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017

24. Convivio Restaurant

45 Tudor City Pl, New York, NY 10017

45 Tudor City Pl
New York, NY 10017

25. Le Bilboquet

25 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065

25 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065

26. JG Melon Restaurant

1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

1291 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021

27. Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

316 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

316 E 86th St
New York, NY 10028

28. Gennaro Restaurant

665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

665 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

29. Dinosaur Barbecue

646 W 131 St, New York, NY 10027

646 W 131 St
New York, NY 10027

30. Roberta's

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

31. Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

32. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

33. Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

34. Frankie's 457

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

35. Al Di La

248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

36. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377

37. Sapori D'Ischia

55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

55-15 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11377

38. Marea

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

240 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

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