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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, July '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.

This time around, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, Maialino is swapped for Hearth, which is still awesome after all these years. Although Marea is one of New York's great modern restaurants, it's getting dropped because of its price tag, and replaced by the excellent Legend in Chelsea. And, Ippudo in the East Village is nudged out to make way for Thai gem Ayada in Queens.

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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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Balthazar

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Rubirosa

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Lure Fishbar

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Blue Ribbon

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Red Farm

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Takashi

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The Spotted Pig

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Kin Shop

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

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Hearth Restaurant

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ABC Kitchen

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Casa Mono

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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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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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Tortilleria Nixtamal

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Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

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Locanda Verde

Barbarini Alimentari

456 Restaurant

Torrisi Italian Specialties

Balthazar

Rubirosa

Lure Fishbar

Blue Ribbon

Red Farm

Takashi

The Spotted Pig

Kin Shop

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Hearth Restaurant

ABC Kitchen

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Casa Mono

The John Dory Oyster Bar

Hill Country Barbecue Market

Legend

Keens Steakhouse

Benoit

The Bar Room at The Modern

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