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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.



08/02/12: Added: Murray's Cheese Bar, Governor, Lake Trout, Swine
09/06/12: Added: Blanca, Pork Slope, Pok Pok Phat Thai, Porsena Extra Bar, Dassara, All Good Things
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.

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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.

Umami Burger

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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.

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Corvo Bianco

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Corvo Bianco is the new Italian restaurant in the old Calle Ocho space from restaurateur Luis Gonzalez and chef Elizabeth Falkner. The menu includes traditional Italian antipasti, pastas made with market vegetables, and entrees like rabbit cacciatore, grilled quail, and a whole roasted branzino. Although some early diners have complained about service hiccups, the early word suggests that Falkner is serving some well-executed food here. Make sure to save room for dessert.

ZZ's Clam Bar

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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]

Charlie Bird

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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.

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.

The Butterfly

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The Altamarea Group's newest venture is a relaxed Tribeca cocktail bar and restaurant with a slightly retro vibe. Right now, Eben Freeman is mixing up American classics like the Brandy Old Fashioned and the Grasshopper, and Freeman might also introduce a list of his greatest hits somewhere down the road. The menu from Michael White and his crew includes riffs on American comfort food favorites like patty melts, spinach and artichoke dip, and fried chicken.

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.

The Musket Room

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Matt Lambert, a veteran of Saxon + Parole and Public, recently opened this casual new restaurant in the old Elizabeth space. The Musket Room has a handsome dining room and a menu that's inspired by the chef's New Zealand heritage. The menu includes quail with "bread sauce" & roasted onions, seared foie gras, duck with carrot & huckleberries, and tofu gnocchi.

Costata

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Costata is Michael White's return to the old Fiamma space, where he first garnered acclaim from the New York critics seven years ago. At this modern, very comfortable restaurant, chef Bianco is serving many of his signature pasta dishes (including the sensational, must-order "Garganelli Della'Fiamma"), plus slabs of dry-aged premium beef. Costata is aiming for a straight crowd-pleaser. In spirit and price point, this restaurant is similar to Marea and Ai Fiori.

Harlem Shake

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Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar

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ABC Cocina

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This spinoff of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's wildly popular ABC Kitchen offers market-driven Latin-influenced small plates, many of which are cooked in a wood-fired oven. The menu includes things like spring pea empanadas, crispy fish tacos, poached prawns with paprika, fluke with green chili dressing, and beef tenderloin "burnt ends" with chimichurri. ABC Kitchen's Dan Kluger is overseeing the kitchen here with chef de cuisine Ian Coogan.

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Khe-Yo

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.

Umami Burger

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.

Quality Italian

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Ippudo

[Photo: Ippudo]

Corvo Bianco

Corvo Bianco is the new Italian restaurant in the old Calle Ocho space from restaurateur Luis Gonzalez and chef Elizabeth Falkner. The menu includes traditional Italian antipasti, pastas made with market vegetables, and entrees like rabbit cacciatore, grilled quail, and a whole roasted branzino. Although some early diners have complained about service hiccups, the early word suggests that Falkner is serving some well-executed food here. Make sure to save room for dessert.

ZZ's Clam Bar

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]

Charlie Bird

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.

Estela

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.

The Butterfly

The Altamarea Group's newest venture is a relaxed Tribeca cocktail bar and restaurant with a slightly retro vibe. Right now, Eben Freeman is mixing up American classics like the Brandy Old Fashioned and the Grasshopper, and Freeman might also introduce a list of his greatest hits somewhere down the road. The menu from Michael White and his crew includes riffs on American comfort food favorites like patty melts, spinach and artichoke dip, and fried chicken.

Betony

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.

The Musket Room

Matt Lambert, a veteran of Saxon + Parole and Public, recently opened this casual new restaurant in the old Elizabeth space. The Musket Room has a handsome dining room and a menu that's inspired by the chef's New Zealand heritage. The menu includes quail with "bread sauce" & roasted onions, seared foie gras, duck with carrot & huckleberries, and tofu gnocchi.

Costata

Costata is Michael White's return to the old Fiamma space, where he first garnered acclaim from the New York critics seven years ago. At this modern, very comfortable restaurant, chef Bianco is serving many of his signature pasta dishes (including the sensational, must-order "Garganelli Della'Fiamma"), plus slabs of dry-aged premium beef. Costata is aiming for a straight crowd-pleaser. In spirit and price point, this restaurant is similar to Marea and Ai Fiori.

Harlem Shake

[Photo]

Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar

[Photo: Foursquare]

ABC Cocina

This spinoff of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's wildly popular ABC Kitchen offers market-driven Latin-influenced small plates, many of which are cooked in a wood-fired oven. The menu includes things like spring pea empanadas, crispy fish tacos, poached prawns with paprika, fluke with green chili dressing, and beef tenderloin "burnt ends" with chimichurri. ABC Kitchen's Dan Kluger is overseeing the kitchen here with chef de cuisine Ian Coogan.

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