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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, March '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 month or so, 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 adding what is increasingly becoming a Village must, Joseph Leonard and Elmhurst Indonesian restaurant Minangasli. Unfortunately, the additions mean two must be dropped. Sadly Sapori D'Ischia has to go—the people in Queens have spoken— and Barbuto gets the boot to make way for Jo Leo (but it's still worth visiting for that roast chicken).

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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Lupa Osteria Romana

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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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Ippudo NY

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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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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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Gennaro Restaurant

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Dinosaur Barbecue

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Roberta's

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Fette Sau

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Vinegar Hill House

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Frankie's 457

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Al Di La

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Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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Minangasli

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Locanda Verde

Blaue Gans

Oriental Garden Restaurant

Peasant

Balthazar

Raoul's Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Lupa Osteria Romana

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Prune

Ippudo NY

Minetta Tavern

Spotted Pig

Joseph Leonard

Little Owl

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Strip House New York

Casa Mono

Socarrat Paella Bar

Aldea

Gramercy Tavern

Esca Restaurant

Sushi Yasuda

Marea

Chin Chin

Convivio Restaurant

Le Bilboquet

JG Melon Restaurant

Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

Gennaro Restaurant

Dinosaur Barbecue

Roberta's

Fette Sau

Diner

Vinegar Hill House

Frankie's 457

Al Di La

Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

Minangasli

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