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, Blue Ribbon Brasserie is swapped for Commerce, a fantastic date night restaurant that is making its debut on the Eater 38. The superb 456 Restaurant in Chinatown is getting dropped to make way for Midtown gem Szechuan Gourmet. And, the lovely ABC Kitchen is nudged out to make way for Jean-Georges's Nougatine, a modern classic that is firing on all cylinders right now.
Rather than a stage-four meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?