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.Read More