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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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Locanda Verde

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Barbarini Alimentari

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456 Restaurant

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Torrisi Italian Specialties

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Rubirosa

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Balthazar

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Lure Fishbar

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Blue Ribbon

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The Spotted Pig

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I Sodi

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Takashi

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Kin Shop

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

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Casa Mono

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ABC Kitchen

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Maialino

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The John Dory Oyster Bar

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Hill Country Barbecue Market

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Keens Steakhouse

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The Bar Room at The Modern

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Salumeria Rosi

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Boulud Sud

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Sushi of Gari

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Donguri

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Red Rooster

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Bamonte's

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Roberta's

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Frankies 457

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Franny's

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The Good Fork

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Vinegar Hill House

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Jackson Diner

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Locanda Verde

Barbarini Alimentari

456 Restaurant

Torrisi Italian Specialties

Rubirosa

Balthazar

Lure Fishbar

Blue Ribbon

The Spotted Pig

I Sodi

Takashi

Kin Shop

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Ippudo

Casa Mono

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ABC Kitchen

Maialino

The John Dory Oyster Bar

Hill Country Barbecue Market

Keens Steakhouse

Benoit

The Bar Room at The Modern

Esca

Danji

Marea

Salumeria Rosi

Boulud Sud

Sushi of Gari

Donguri

Red Rooster