clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, October '11

View as Map

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 Strip House for another esteemed steakhouse Keens. There's no doubt the former will retain its quality after the Steve Hanson takeover, but Keens has earned its place in the spotlight. Elsewhere in Midtown, the chicken skewers of Yakitori Totto make way for much loved Korean fare at Danji, and in the crowded downtown space, solid Mediterranean spot Balaboosta is nudged out in favor of Soho's power lunch favorite Lure.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list—or because you love the raw bar at Blue Ribbon—wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

Read More

Locanda Verde

Copy Link

Blaue Gans

Copy Link

Oriental Garden Restaurant

Copy Link

Torrisi Italian Specialties

Copy Link

Balthazar

Copy Link

Raoul's Restaurant

Copy Link

Lure Fishbar

Copy Link

Veselka Restaurant

Copy Link

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Copy Link

Minetta Tavern

Copy Link

Spotted Pig

Copy Link

Joseph Leonard

Copy Link

Casa Mono

Copy Link

La Nacional Restaurant

Copy Link

Gramercy Tavern

Copy Link

ABC Kitchen

Copy Link

Esca Restaurant

Copy Link

Sushi Yasuda

Copy Link

Chin Chin

Copy Link

Keens Steakhouse

Copy Link

Le Bilboquet

Copy Link

JG Melon Restaurant

Copy Link

Cascabel Taqueria

Copy Link

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

Copy Link

Bar Boulud

Copy Link

Gennaro Restaurant

Copy Link

Red Rooster

Copy Link

Roberta's

Copy Link

Fette Sau

Copy Link

Prime Meats

Copy Link

Al Di La

Copy Link

Mile End Delicatessen

Copy Link

Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

Copy Link

Minangasli

Copy Link

Loading comments...

Locanda Verde

Blaue Gans

Oriental Garden Restaurant

Torrisi Italian Specialties

Balthazar

Raoul's Restaurant

Lupa

Lure Fishbar

Veselka Restaurant

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Minetta Tavern

Spotted Pig

Joseph Leonard

Casa Mono

La Nacional Restaurant