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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, January '11

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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 reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we're switching out L&B Spumoni Gardens (it made a brief appearance during summer, and is still an area icon, but is no longer 38 material), Diner (off its game), and Convivio (it will have to earn its spot back in a post-White era). In their places go Franny's, a long clamored for addition, Rye, an excellent restaurant and cocktail haven for Williamsburg, and Balaboosta, as we've been slowly falling for what Einat Admony has been putting out at for the past nine months.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

Additions and Subtractions:
· November, 2009: 15 East dropped, Casa Mono added
· January, 2010: Little Giant, Nougatine, and Co. dropped; Prune, Marea, and Aldea added
· March, 2010: Barbuto and Sapori D'Ischia dropped; Joseph Leonard and Minangasli added
· July, 2010: Ippudo, Prune, and Vinegar Hill House dropped; Yakitori Totto, L&B Spumoni Gardens, and Bar Boulud added
· October, 2010: Frankies 457, Peasant, and Marea dropped; Prime Meats, Torrisi Italian Specialties, and Salumeria Rosi added

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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
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4. Torrisi Italian Specialties

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250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0955
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5. Balaboosta

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6. Balthazar

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

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

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

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

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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11. Minetta Tavern

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

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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13. Joseph Leonard

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170 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

14. Little Owl

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

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

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

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

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31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

19. Gramercy Tavern

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

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

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204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 972-1001
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22. Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

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283 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-4800
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23. Yakitori Totto

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251 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

24. Chin Chin

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216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 888-4555
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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. Bar Boulud

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Broadway
New York, NY 10023

29. Gennaro Restaurant

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

30. Dinosaur Barbecue

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

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

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354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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33. Rye

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247 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

34. Prime Meats

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465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 254-0327
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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. Franny's

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295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
(718) 899-9599
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38. Minangasli

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86-10 Whitney Ave
Queens, NY 11373

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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. Torrisi Italian Specialties

250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

5. Balaboosta

214 Mulberry St # 1New York, NY 10012-4130 (212) 966-7366

6. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

7. Raoul's Restaurant

180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

8. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

9. Lupa

170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

10. Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012

12. Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

13. Joseph Leonard

170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014
170 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

14. Little Owl

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
90 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

15. Strip House New York

13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
13 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

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16. Casa Mono

125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

17. Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011