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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, October '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 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 Frankies 457 for its neighbor and sister restaurant Prime Meats. The latter restaurant may be slightly more pricey, but with its new rooms and solid menu, it's pretty much blowing all the other compeition in the area out of the water. Over in Nolita, Torrisi Italian Specialties is the obvious addition, and unfortunately it's displacing Peasant, a wonderful restaurant but no Torrisi. Marea is getting the drop. It was put on here when it became eligible to make a point about its excellence. But it's too high-end to remain on the 38, especially since other Italian seafood spot Esca is holding down the Times Square corridor. We're going to keep it uptown and sub in Salumeria Rosi, a great spot for a casual, affordable dinner or for takeout and a linchpin in the neighborhood.

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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Torrisi Italian Specialties

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Balthazar

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Raoul's Restaurant

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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Momofuku Ssam Bar

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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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Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

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Yakitori Totto

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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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Bar Boulud

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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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Prime Meats

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Al Di La

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L&B Spumoni Gardens

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Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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Minangasli

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