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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpgMore often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, what Michael White is up to these days. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Check out the map of Manhattan's 20 hottest restaurants below, and stay tuned for the Brooklyn and Queens maps later this week.



10/04/12: Added: Ichimura at Brushstroke, Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante, Barraca, Pig and Khao, Calliope, The Leadbelly
11/20/12: Added: El Toro Blanco, Gaonnuri, L'Apicio, Bill's, The Butcher's Daughter, The Library
12/06/12: Added: Chez Sardine, Willow Road, Tribeca Canvas, Sen
01/03/13: Added: The Marrow, Salvation Taco, Hanjan, Mighty Quinn's, Louro, Le Philosophe
02/07/13: Added: The General, Circolo, Cole's Greenwich Village, American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth, Maysville, The Cleveland
03/07/13: Added: Pearl & Ash, Montmartre, Manzanilla, Clarkson, Feast
04/04/13: Added: Carbone, Alder, Kajitsu
05/02/13: Added: ABC Cocina, Uncle Boons, Lafayette, Little Prince
06/06/13: Added: Costata, Betony, Tanoshi Sushi, Harlem Shake, The Musket Room
07/11/13: Added: Charlie Bird, Estela, Sushi Dojo, The Butterfly
08/01/13: Added: Khe-Yo, Umami Burger, Quality Italian, Ippudo, Corvo Bianco, ZZ's Clam Bar

09/05/13: Added: Piora, Somtum Der, The East Pole, Han Dynasty, Sushi Nakazawa, Red Farm Steak, Flat Top
10/04/13: Added: Toro, Contra, The Cecil, American Cut, The Chester, Pagani, Hirohisa, Enduro.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Toro

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85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-2360
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[Krieger]

2. Contra

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138 Orchard St
NYC, NY 10002
(212) 466-4633
[Krieger]

3. La Cenita

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409 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
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4. The Cecil

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210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
(212) 866-1262
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[Krieger]

5. American Cut

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363 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-4736
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6. The Chester

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18 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
[Krieger]

7. Pagani

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289 Bleeker Street
New York, NY
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8. Hirohisa

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73 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-1613
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[Bess Adler]

9. Enduro

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919 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 935-6800
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10. Piora

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430 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 960-3801
[Krieger]

11. Somtum Der NYC

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85 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 260-8570

Somtum Der is the first New York location of a popular Bangkok restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of the Isaan region of Thailand. The menu includes bar snacks, several larb salads, fried rice dishes, and a few grilled meat entrees. On a first visit, Robert Sietsema was particularly impressed by the spicy pork cartilage soup. The space has a clean design, with several four-tops, a few communal tables, and a handful of seats at the bar. [Photo: Robert Sietsema]

12. The East Pole

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133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 249-2222
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13. Han Dynasty

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90 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 390-8685
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14. Sushi Nakazawa

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23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014

Sushi Nakazawa is the 10-seat omakase restaurant from former Jiro Ono-apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa. (In the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Daisuke was the chef that prepared the square omelet.) Right now, Sushi Nakazawa serves omakase tastings paired with sake, but Nakazawa plans to introduce an expanded menu later this month. The restaurant is now accepting reservations online, but they are already very hard to come by.

15. Flat Top

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1245 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(646) 820-7735
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16. Khe-Yo

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157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 587-1089
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Back in July, Marc Forgione opened this Southeast Asian restaurant with his longtime right hand man Soulayphet Schwader (AKA "Chef Phet"). The menu includes things like crunchy coconut rice with sausage, bamboo grilled quail, duck laap, spare ribs, grilled chicken, and pork belly with quail egg. Most of the entrees on Chef Phet's menu are priced between $21 and $25. This is a really fun restaurant for date night.

17. Umami Burger

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432 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
(212) 677-8626
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The first New York location of Adam Fleischman's LA-based chain opened in July to monster crowds. Umami Burger specializes in burgers that are topped with umami-rich ingredients like sautéed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and Parmesan crisps. And if you don't like umami, the restaurant also offers things like bacon and cheddar burgers, veggie burgers, and "Cali" burgers.

18. Quality Italian

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57 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 390-1111
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19. Ippudo

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321 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500
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20. ZZ's Clam Bar

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169 Thompson St
New York, NY 1000
(212) 254-3000
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For their follow-up to Carbone, the Torrisi boys and restaurateur Jeff Zalaznick opened a tiny restaurant specializing in composed seafood plates and elaborate cocktails. So far, early diners love the food and the libations at ZZ's Clam Bar, but this is definitely a “splurge” restaurant — the pricing is comparable to that of a fine sushi restaurant. [Photo]

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1. Toro

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
[Krieger]
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

2. Contra

138 Orchard St, NYC, NY 10002
[Krieger]
138 Orchard St
NYC, NY 10002

3. La Cenita

409 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
[Krieger]
409 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

4. The Cecil

210 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10026
[Krieger]
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026

5. American Cut

363 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
[Photo: American Cut]
363 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

6. The Chester

18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
[Krieger]
18 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014

7. Pagani

289 Bleeker Street, New York, NY
[Krieger]
289 Bleeker Street
New York, NY

8. Hirohisa

73 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
[Bess Adler]
73 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

9. Enduro

919 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
[Bess Adler]
919 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

10. Piora

430 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
[Krieger]
430 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

11. Somtum Der NYC

85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Somtum Der is the first New York location of a popular Bangkok restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of the Isaan region of Thailand. The menu includes bar snacks, several larb salads, fried rice dishes, and a few grilled meat entrees. On a first visit, Robert Sietsema was particularly impressed by the spicy pork cartilage soup. The space has a clean design, with several four-tops, a few communal tables, and a handful of seats at the bar. [Photo: Robert Sietsema]

85 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

12. The East Pole

133 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
[Photo: East Pole]
133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065

13. Han Dynasty

90 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
[Photo: EV Grieve]
90 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

14. Sushi Nakazawa

23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014

Sushi Nakazawa is the 10-seat omakase restaurant from former Jiro Ono-apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa. (In the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Daisuke was the chef that prepared the square omelet.) Right now, Sushi Nakazawa serves omakase tastings paired with sake, but Nakazawa plans to introduce an expanded menu later this month. The restaurant is now accepting reservations online, but they are already very hard to come by.

23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014

15. Flat Top

1245 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
[Photo: Foursquare]
1245 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

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16. Khe-Yo

157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Back in July, Marc Forgione opened this Southeast Asian restaurant with his longtime right hand man Soulayphet Schwader (AKA "Chef Phet"). The menu includes things like crunchy coconut rice with sausage, bamboo grilled quail, duck laap, spare ribs, grilled chicken, and pork belly with quail egg. Most of the entrees on Chef Phet's menu are priced between $21 and $25. This is a really fun restaurant for date night.

157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

17. Umami Burger

432 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

The first New York location of Adam Fleischman's LA-based chain opened in July to monster crowds. Umami Burger specializes in burgers that are topped with umami-rich ingredients like sautéed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and Parmesan crisps. And if you don't like umami, the restaurant also offers things like bacon and cheddar burgers, veggie burgers, and "Cali" burgers.

432 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

18. Quality Italian

57 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
[Photo Credit]
57 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

19. Ippudo

321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
[Photo: Ippudo]
321 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

20. ZZ's Clam Bar

169 Thompson St, New York, NY 1000

For their follow-up to Carbone, the Torrisi boys and restaurateur Jeff Zalaznick opened a tiny restaurant specializing in composed seafood plates and elaborate cocktails. So far, early diners love the food and the libations at ZZ's Clam Bar, but this is definitely a “splurge” restaurant — the pricing is comparable to that of a fine sushi restaurant. [Photo]

169 Thompson St
New York, NY 1000

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