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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, July '14

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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, Gabe Stulman's Italian charmer Perla is getting replaced by Danny Bowien's constantly evolving Mexican restaurant Mission Cantina. Up in Harlem, Red Rooster is getting swapped for critical darling/all-around fun restaurant The Cecil. And a bit further downtown, Hooni Kim's terrific Korean restaurant Hanjan is getting traded for Hell's Kitchen's blockbuster food hall Gotham West Market. Check out the revamped Eater 38:

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?

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan.

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1. Royal Seafood Restaurant

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103-105 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2338
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2. Tamarind TriBeCa

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99 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 775-9000
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[Sam Horine]

3. Mission Cantina

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172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-2233
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[Daniel Krieger]

4. Peasant

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194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-9511
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5. Balthazar Restaurant

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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6. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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[Krieger]

7. Parm

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248 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 993-7189
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[Krieger]

8. Estela

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47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-7693
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[Krieger]

9. The Dutch

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131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10000
(212) 677-6200
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[Krieger]

10. Ushiwakamaru

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136 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-4181
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11. Charlie Bird

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5 King Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 235-7133
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12. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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13. Alder

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157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
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[Krieger]

14. The Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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15. ABC Kitchen

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35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829
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16. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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17. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher

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113 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-5480
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18. Szechuan Gourmet

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21 W 39th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 921-0233
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19. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
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[Keens]

20. Gotham West Market

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
[Daniel Krieger]

21. Katsu-Hama

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11 E 47th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 758-5909
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22. Betony

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41 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 465-2400
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23. Amali

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115 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 339-8363
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[Amali]

24. Bar Boulud

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1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-0303
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25. The Cecil

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210 W 118th St
New York, NY 10026
(212) 866-1262
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[Krieger]

26. Phayul

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3765 74th St, Fl 2
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

This comfortable aerie above a hair salon offers some of the finest Tibetan food you’ve ever tasted, representative of the flock of Himalayan restaurants that have taken over the Jackson Heights dining scene. There’s blood sausage, meaty curries, the ragged noodles called thenthuk, and don’t miss the wiggly mung-bean jelly laphing, carpeted with Sichuan peppercorns. -- Robert Sietsema

27. Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna

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26-02 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-5511

Tucked away on a side street, this may be the rustic Greek taverna you’ve dreamed about, offering steaming plates of zucchini fritters, fried salt-cod with garlicky skordalia, and fresh fish brought right to the restaurant by Long Island fishermen who are friends of the owner and left swimming on the porch in buckets. -- Robert Sietsema.

28. Bella Puebla

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9411 Roosevelt Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 639-7300
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29. M. Wells Dinette

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22-25 Jackson Ave
Hunters Point, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084

Maybe the art at the attached the museum ain’t always so good, but you can depend on this Motrealithic café to turn out food stunningly beautiful and stunningly delicious, with colorful flourishes worthy of a Mondrian or Kandinsky, via chef Hugue Dufour. Open only in the afternoons till 6 p.m. -- Robert Sietsema.

30. Reynard

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8000
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31. St. Anselm

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355 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-5054
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32. Roberta's Pizza

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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33. La Vara

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268 Clinton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-0065
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34. Mile End Delicatessen

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97A Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-7510
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35. Littleneck

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288 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-1921
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36. Talde

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369 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 916-0031
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37. Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano

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1524 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 372-8606
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38. Thirty Acres

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500 Jersey Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 435-3100
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Kevin and Alex Pemoulie are serving inventive and all-around delicious New American food in Jersey City right now. If you hop on the Path Train, or find a friend with a car to take you across the river, you're guaranteed to be charmed by Thirty Acres.

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1. Royal Seafood Restaurant

103-105 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
[Foursquare]
103-105 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

2. Tamarind TriBeCa

99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
[Sam Horine]
99 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

3. Mission Cantina

172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
[Daniel Krieger]
172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

4. Peasant

194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
[Foursquare]
194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

5. Balthazar Restaurant

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
[Photo: Krieger]
80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012