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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, October '11

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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 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Locanda Verde

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377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3797
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2. Blaue Gans

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139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212)-571-8880
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3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

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14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 619-0085
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4. Torrisi Italian Specialties

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250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0955
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5. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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6. Raoul's Restaurant

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180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-3518
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7. Lupa

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170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5089
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8. Lure Fishbar

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142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

9. Veselka Restaurant

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144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Momofuku Ssam Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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11. Minetta Tavern

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113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850
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12. Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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13. Joseph Leonard

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170 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

14. Casa Mono

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125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-2773
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15. La Nacional Restaurant

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239 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

16. Aldea

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31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

17. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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18. ABC Kitchen

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35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

19. Esca Restaurant

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402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 564-7272
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20. Sushi Yasuda

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204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 972-1001
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21. Danji

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22. Chin Chin

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216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 888-4555
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23. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

24. Le Bilboquet

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25 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 751-3036

25. JG Melon Restaurant

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1291 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 650-1310
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26. Cascabel Taqueria

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1538 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028

27. Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

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283 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-4800
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28. Bar Boulud

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1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

29. Gennaro Restaurant

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665 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 665-5348

30. Red Rooster

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310 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027

31. Roberta's

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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32. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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33. Rye

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247 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

34. Prime Meats

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465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 254-0327
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35. Al Di La

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248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-8888‎
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36. Mile End Delicatessen

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97 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
(718) 899-9599
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38. Minangasli

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86-10 Whitney Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373

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1. Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

2. Blaue Gans

139 Duane St, New York, NY 10013
139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

4. Torrisi Italian Specialties

250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
250 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

5. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

6. Raoul's Restaurant

180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

7. Lupa

170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

8. Lure Fishbar

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
142 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

9. Veselka Restaurant

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012

12. Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

13. Joseph Leonard

170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014
170 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

14. Casa Mono

125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

15. La Nacional Restaurant

239 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
239 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

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16. Aldea

31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
31 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

17. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

18. ABC Kitchen

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003