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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, July '10

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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 dropping Ippudo—lovely but not worth the wait and not essential to the neighborhood—Prune—over it—and Vinegar Hill House—again lovely, but not worthy of the wait, the hype, the trip. Who's in: a longtime Midtown favorite Yakitori Totto, Bensonhurst icon and big summer destination L&B Spumoni Gardens, and Bar Boulud, because too many Upper West Siders have written in demanding it, and it's strange to not have D-Bigs on this list.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Locanda Verde

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Blaue Gans

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Oriental Garden Restaurant

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Peasant

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Balthazar

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Raoul's Restaurant

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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Minetta Tavern

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Spotted Pig

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Joseph Leonard

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Little Owl

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Strip House New York

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Casa Mono

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Socarrat Paella Bar

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Gramercy Tavern

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Esca Restaurant

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Sushi Yasuda

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Yakitori Totto

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Chin Chin

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Convivio Restaurant

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Le Bilboquet

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JG Melon Restaurant

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Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

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Bar Boulud

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Gennaro Restaurant

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Dinosaur Barbecue

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Roberta's

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Fette Sau

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Frankie's 457

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Al Di La

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L&B Spumoni Gardens

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Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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Minangasli

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