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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, July '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 Chelsea favorite Socarrat for its older, divier, and less trendy sister restaurant La Nacional in the basement of the Spanish Benevolent Society. The paellas are just as good but the menu is broader, the setting cozier, the waits shorter. Next up, Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster nudges excellent uptown barbecue spot Dinosaur off the list, and, Blue Ribbon will give up its spot in the too-crowded Soho section of the 38 to make way for another late-night classic Veselka.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list—or because you love the raw bar at Blue Ribbon—wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? 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
· January 2011: L&B Spumoni Gardens, Diner, and Convivio dropped; Franny's, Rye, and Balaboosta added.
· April 2011: Franny's, Little Owl, and Maz Mezcal dropped; Mile End, ABC Kitchen, and Cascabel Taqueria 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. Lupa

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170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5089
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9. Veselka Restaurant

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144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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. Strip House New York

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

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125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-2773
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16. La Nacional Restaurant

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239 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

17. Aldea

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31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

18. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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19. ABC Kitchen

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35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

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. Cascabel Taqueria

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1538 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028

28. Bar Boulud

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1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

29. Gennaro Restaurant

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

30. Red Rooster

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310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

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. Mile End Delicatessen

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97 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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

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86-10 Whitney Ave
Flushing, 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. Lupa

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

9. Veselka Restaurant

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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. Strip House New York

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

15. Casa Mono

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

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16. La Nacional Restaurant

239 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
239 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

17. Aldea

31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

18. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003