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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, January '12

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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.

As the official 38 map has now passed its second birthday, we here at Eater felt it was time for a full on reset of the list. After much re-evaluating, debating, and a couple good hard looks in the mirror, we kept about a third of the list, brought back a handful of 38 alums, and filled the rest of the slots with new additions. Welcome to the new Eater 38, rejiggered for the New Year.
Rather than a stage-4 meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?

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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

2. Barbarini Alimentari

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225 Front St
New York, NY 10038

3. 456 Restaurant

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4. Torrisi Italian Specialties

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250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

5. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

6. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

7. Lure Fishbar

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142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

8. Blue Ribbon

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

9. The Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

10. I Sodi

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105 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

11. Takashi

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456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

12. Kin Shop

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469 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011

13. Momofuku Noodle Bar

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163 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

14. Ippudo

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65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

15. Casa Mono

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16. ABC Kitchen

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35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

17. Maialino

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2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

18. The John Dory Oyster Bar

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1196 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

19. Hill Country Barbecue Market

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30 West 26th St
# 1 New York, NY 10010-2062 (212) 255-4544 x10

20. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

21. Benoit

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60 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

22. The Bar Room at The Modern

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9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

23. Esca

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402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

24. Danji

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346 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

25. Marea

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240 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

26. Salumeria Rosi

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283 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023

27. Boulud Sud

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20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023

28. Sushi of Gari

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402 E 78th St
New York, NY 10075

29. Donguri

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30. Red Rooster

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310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

31. Bamonte's

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32 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

32. Roberta's

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

33. Frankies 457

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Brooklyn Blue Feather School, 477 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

34. Lucali

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The Brooklyn New School, 610 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11231-2612

35. Franny's

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295 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

36. The Good Fork

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391 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

37. Vinegar Hill House

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72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

38. Jackson Diner

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51-47 74th St
Queens, NY 11377

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1. Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

2. Barbarini Alimentari

225 Front St, New York, NY 10038

225 Front St
New York, NY 10038

3. 456 Restaurant

CANAL STREET, NY 10013

4. Torrisi Italian Specialties

250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

5. Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

6. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

7. Lure Fishbar

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

8. Blue Ribbon

97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

9. The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

10. I Sodi

105 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

105 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

11. Takashi

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

12. Kin Shop

469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

469 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011

13. Momofuku Noodle Bar

163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

163 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

14. Ippudo

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

15. Casa Mono

125 E 17th St # 1 New York, NY 10003-3447 (212) 253-2773

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16. ABC Kitchen

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

17. Maialino

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

18. The John Dory Oyster Bar

1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

1196 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

19. Hill Country Barbecue Market

30 West 26th St, # 1 New York, NY 10010-2062 (212) 255-4544 x10

30 West 26th St
# 1 New York, NY 10010-2062 (212) 255-4544 x10

20. Keens Steakhouse

72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

21. Benoit

60 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

60 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

22. The Bar Room at The Modern

9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

23. Esca

402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

24. Danji

346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

346 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

25. Marea

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

240 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

26. Salumeria Rosi

283 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

283 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023

27. Boulud Sud

20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023

28. Sushi of Gari

402 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075

402 E 78th St
New York, NY 10075

29. Donguri

309 East 83rd St # 2 New York, NY 10028-4368 (212) 737-5656

30. Red Rooster

310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

31. Bamonte's

32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211