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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 15 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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Piora

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

Former Tenpenny chef Chris Cipollone returns to the New York scene with Piora, a small, slightly elegant restaurant on Hudson Street. His menu includes things like scallops with chanterelles, duck confit, barbecued octopus, English pea angolotti with truffles, and suckling pig with radish and apples. It's an eclectic menu, but there are a lot of crowd pleasers on there. So far, the early word is very strong.

2. 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]

3. The East Pole

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133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 249-2222
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The East Pole is the new Upper East Side restaurant from the team behind Downtown hot spots The Fat Radish and The Leadbelly. Chef Nicholas Wilber's menu includes light dishes like fluke crudo, white gazpacho, and roasted heirloom carrots, as well as things like chicken Kiev and a bacon cheeseburger with duck fat fries. The airy space has two dining rooms, a bar, and an outdoor garden.

4. Han Dynasty

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90 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 390-8685
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5. 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.

6. Red Farm Steak

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529 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 792-9700
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Red Farm's main dining room is closed for renovations this month, but Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng have opened up the downstairs space as a pop-up they're calling Red Farm Steak. The menu includes many, many new dishes, like lobster over rice, shrimp-stuffed fried chicken, a three-pound grilled crab, foie gras tarts, and a dry-aged bone-in strip.

7. Flat Top

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

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157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 587-1089
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Marc Forgione recently 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. Right now, Khe-Yo is tracking through the roof.

9. 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 is now open in Greenwich Village. 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. Umami Burger has been mobbed since opening day.

10. Quality Italian

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57 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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11. Ippudo

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321 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500
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12. 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]

13. Charlie Bird

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5 King Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 235-7133
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Robert Bohr's Italian restaurant has a fun vibe, a comfortable dining room, and a menu that's full of winners. But the service is the most impressive part of the equation. The servers here are knowledgeable and attentive in a way that you don't always find at hip Downtown hot spots like this, and rising star sommelier Grant Reynolds will make sure you find something great to drink, no matter how much you want to spend. Charlie Bird is one of the year's big surprises.

14. Estela

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47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-7693
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Estela is the new home of chef Ignacio Mattos, who developed a cult following at Isa in Williamsburg. He's joined by former Blue Hill beverage director Thomas Carter, and restaurateur Mark Connell. The menu features snacks, shareable small plates, and a few entrees, plus cocktails and over 20 wines by the glass. Mattos's cuisine draws influence from Europe, America, and South America.

15. Betony

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41 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 465-2400
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At Betony, former Eleven Madison Park executive sous chef Bryce Shuman is serving modern American cuisine in a relaxed setting. The food is similar in spirit to what you might find at EMP, except that everything is offered a la carte, and most of the entrees are priced in the mid-20s. Eamon Rockey, formerly of EMP and Aska, is running the front of the house.

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1. Piora

430 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Former Tenpenny chef Chris Cipollone returns to the New York scene with Piora, a small, slightly elegant restaurant on Hudson Street. His menu includes things like scallops with chanterelles, duck confit, barbecued octopus, English pea angolotti with truffles, and suckling pig with radish and apples. It's an eclectic menu, but there are a lot of crowd pleasers on there. So far, the early word is very strong.

430 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

2. 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

3. The East Pole

133 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

The East Pole is the new Upper East Side restaurant from the team behind Downtown hot spots The Fat Radish and The Leadbelly. Chef Nicholas Wilber's menu includes light dishes like fluke crudo, white gazpacho, and roasted heirloom carrots, as well as things like chicken Kiev and a bacon cheeseburger with duck fat fries. The airy space has two dining rooms, a bar, and an outdoor garden.

133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065

4. Han Dynasty

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

5. 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

6. Red Farm Steak

529 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014

Red Farm's main dining room is closed for renovations this month, but Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng have opened up the downstairs space as a pop-up they're calling Red Farm Steak. The menu includes many, many new dishes, like lobster over rice, shrimp-stuffed fried chicken, a three-pound grilled crab, foie gras tarts, and a dry-aged bone-in strip.

529 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014

7. Flat Top

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

8. Khe-Yo

157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Marc Forgione recently 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. Right now, Khe-Yo is tracking through the roof.

157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

9. Umami Burger

432 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

The first New York location of Adam Fleischman's LA-based chain is now open in Greenwich Village. 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. Umami Burger has been mobbed since opening day.

432 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

10. Quality Italian

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

11. Ippudo

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

12. 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

13. Charlie Bird

5 King Street, New York, NY 10012

Robert Bohr's Italian restaurant has a fun vibe, a comfortable dining room, and a menu that's full of winners. But the service is the most impressive part of the equation. The servers here are knowledgeable and attentive in a way that you don't always find at hip Downtown hot spots like this, and rising star sommelier Grant Reynolds will make sure you find something great to drink, no matter how much you want to spend. Charlie Bird is one of the year's big surprises.

5 King Street
New York, NY 10012

14. Estela

47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

Estela is the new home of chef Ignacio Mattos, who developed a cult following at Isa in Williamsburg. He's joined by former Blue Hill beverage director Thomas Carter, and restaurateur Mark Connell. The menu features snacks, shareable small plates, and a few entrees, plus cocktails and over 20 wines by the glass. Mattos's cuisine draws influence from Europe, America, and South America.

47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

15. Betony

41 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

At Betony, former Eleven Madison Park executive sous chef Bryce Shuman is serving modern American cuisine in a relaxed setting. The food is similar in spirit to what you might find at EMP, except that everything is offered a la carte, and most of the entrees are priced in the mid-20s. Eamon Rockey, formerly of EMP and Aska, is running the front of the house.

41 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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