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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 12 hottest restaurants below, and stay tuned for the Brooklyn and Queens maps tomorrow.

The restaurants on the Eater Heatmap are listed by opening date, not heat rank, although all of them are extremely hot right now.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. ABC Cocina

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38 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-2233

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.

2. Uncle Boons

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7 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

This new Thai restaurant from a pair of Per Se veterans looks like a 70s-era rec room crossed with a 50s-era Tiki bar. It's an unusual, but very fun space. The menu includes a number of charcoal-grilled meat entrees, plus salads, traditional curries, and fish dishes. To drink, Uncle Boons offers beer and wine, plus Singha beer slushies. So far, the Thai snobs of this city love what's coming out of the kitchen.

3. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-3000
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Lafayette is the blockbuster French restaurant from chef Andrew Carmellini and restaurateurs Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. You can have a big, decadent meal here feasting on steak au poivre and foie gras terrines, but the menu is also full of lighter dishes too, like the excellent, earthy duck au poivre. The front space at Lafayette features an all-day patisserie with bread from James Belisle and pastries from Jen Yee.

4. Little Prince

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199 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 335-0566

Paul Denamiel, the chef and co-owner of Midtown gem Le Rivage, just opened this airy French bistro on Prince Street. On the Little Prince menu, you'll find things like beef tartare, frisee au lardon, pan-roasted organic chicken, roasted lamb chops, ratatouille with Japanese eggplant, and a whole roasted Dover sole. And, for the burger buffs, Little Prince also serves a delectable beef bomb known as the "French onion soup burger." Industry legend Chris Cannon is consulting on the wine list, and Jacques Torres created a special chocolate chip cookie creation for the dessert menu.

5. Alder

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157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
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The chef Wylie Dufresne, who has been pushing the envelope at his Lower East Side restaurant wd-50 for the past decade, branches out with Alder, in the East Village. This new restaurant eschews tasting menus in favor of an à la carte selection of items like rye pasta with pastrami, Caesar salad "nigiri," pigs in a blanket, and other Dufresne takes on dishes from the pub canon. The food complements an impressive beverage program from Kevin Denton. Jon Bignelli, a wd-50 vet, is executive chef.

6. Carbone

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181 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 290-2625
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This is the new Greenwich Village restaurant from the team behind Parm and Torrisi Italian Specialties — chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, and partner Jeff Zalaznick — that's inspired by the mid-century Italian-American restaurants of New York City. Except here, Zac Posen designed the waiters' tuxedos, Vito Schnabel curated the art, and the veal parm goes for $50. Some seem averse to the whole concept of the place, but most of those who've been in for dinner agree the execution is impressive.

7. Montmartre

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158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(646) 596-8838
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Momofuku alum Tien Ho and West Village restaurateur Gabe Stulman recently joined forces to open this Chelsea French-Asian bistro. Tien recently did a complete overhaul of the menu. Now you can order a crispy rabbit torchon, a pork chop with bacon and ramps, or a "pot au pho" for two. Like all of Stulman's restaurants, Montmartre has a cool, inviting vibe.

8. Pearl & Ash

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220 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 837-2370
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Chef Richard Kuo, who earned raves as one half of Scandinavian pop-up Frej, recently opened this stylish new restaurant in the Bowery House. The menu includes many fish dishes as well as things like short rib with chanterelles, and quail with pomegranate and chicken skin. In an interesting twist, a lot of the menu items can be ordered in either appetizer or entree portions. Acclaimed sommelier Patrick Cappiello put together a sizable program that plays to regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy. So far, the early word is very strong.

9. Manzanilla

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345 Park Ave. South
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 255-4086
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Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria, Suba) recently opened this sprawling "Spanish brasserie" with acclaimed Spanish chef Dani Garcia. The menu features tapas-style "snacks," plus appetizers like a foie gras terrine with caramelized goat cheese, and entrees like suckling pig and monkfish with mussels. The entree list also has two steaks and a daily grilled fish special, both served with fries. The large bar area makes this an especially great place to grab a drink and try a few small plates.

10. The Marrow

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99 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014
212-428-6000

The menu at Harold Dieterle's new West Village restaurant is inspired by the chef's German and Italian heritage. Dishes include grilled baby chicken with fried salami and Brussels sprouts, braised duck and pretzel dumpling soup, and a wagyu culotte steak. The space is stylish and comfortable, and co-owner Alicia Nosenzo created a wine list that includes over 300 selections, with a special focus on Germany, Austria, and Italy. The restaurant is home to a $26 mushroom dish that is a real treat for fungus fans -- it's a massive, whole maitake, with delicious crispy edges.

11. Hanjan

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36 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

Chef Hooni Kim's follow-up to Danji is a casual bar and restaurant offering a mix of modern and traditional Korean food. The menu includes things like a spicy octopus stir-fry, braised pig trotters with shrimp sauce, and a salmon sashimi salad with chojang. One section of the menu is devoted to skewers and fried chicken. The cocktail list features many Soju-based drinks, and the bar is stocked with over 40 wines and several Korean rice beers. After 10 p.m., Hanjan also serves ramyun (Japanese Ramen's Korean counterpart) made with a 12 hour stock.

12. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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103 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-3733
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Mighty Quinn's is the new Texas and Carolinas-inspired barbecue restaurant from Hugh Mangum and restaurateur Micha Magid. Magnum smokes his meat in a pit the size of most people's living rooms, and the individual portions of the meat are all priced under $9. Pete Wells was very impressed by the 'cue at Mighty Quinn's — he recently gave the restaurant two stars.

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1. ABC Cocina

38 E 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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.

38 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003

2. Uncle Boons

7 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

This new Thai restaurant from a pair of Per Se veterans looks like a 70s-era rec room crossed with a 50s-era Tiki bar. It's an unusual, but very fun space. The menu includes a number of charcoal-grilled meat entrees, plus salads, traditional curries, and fish dishes. To drink, Uncle Boons offers beer and wine, plus Singha beer slushies. So far, the Thai snobs of this city love what's coming out of the kitchen.

7 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

3. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Lafayette is the blockbuster French restaurant from chef Andrew Carmellini and restaurateurs Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. You can have a big, decadent meal here feasting on steak au poivre and foie gras terrines, but the menu is also full of lighter dishes too, like the excellent, earthy duck au poivre. The front space at Lafayette features an all-day patisserie with bread from James Belisle and pastries from Jen Yee.

380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

4. Little Prince

199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Paul Denamiel, the chef and co-owner of Midtown gem Le Rivage, just opened this airy French bistro on Prince Street. On the Little Prince menu, you'll find things like beef tartare, frisee au lardon, pan-roasted organic chicken, roasted lamb chops, ratatouille with Japanese eggplant, and a whole roasted Dover sole. And, for the burger buffs, Little Prince also serves a delectable beef bomb known as the "French onion soup burger." Industry legend Chris Cannon is consulting on the wine list, and Jacques Torres created a special chocolate chip cookie creation for the dessert menu.

199 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

5. Alder

157 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003

The chef Wylie Dufresne, who has been pushing the envelope at his Lower East Side restaurant wd-50 for the past decade, branches out with Alder, in the East Village. This new restaurant eschews tasting menus in favor of an à la carte selection of items like rye pasta with pastrami, Caesar salad "nigiri," pigs in a blanket, and other Dufresne takes on dishes from the pub canon. The food complements an impressive beverage program from Kevin Denton. Jon Bignelli, a wd-50 vet, is executive chef.

157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003

6. Carbone

181 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

This is the new Greenwich Village restaurant from the team behind Parm and Torrisi Italian Specialties — chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, and partner Jeff Zalaznick — that's inspired by the mid-century Italian-American restaurants of New York City. Except here, Zac Posen designed the waiters' tuxedos, Vito Schnabel curated the art, and the veal parm goes for $50. Some seem averse to the whole concept of the place, but most of those who've been in for dinner agree the execution is impressive.

181 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012

7. Montmartre

158 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Momofuku alum Tien Ho and West Village restaurateur Gabe Stulman recently joined forces to open this Chelsea French-Asian bistro. Tien recently did a complete overhaul of the menu. Now you can order a crispy rabbit torchon, a pork chop with bacon and ramps, or a "pot au pho" for two. Like all of Stulman's restaurants, Montmartre has a cool, inviting vibe.

158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

8. Pearl & Ash

220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Chef Richard Kuo, who earned raves as one half of Scandinavian pop-up Frej, recently opened this stylish new restaurant in the Bowery House. The menu includes many fish dishes as well as things like short rib with chanterelles, and quail with pomegranate and chicken skin. In an interesting twist, a lot of the menu items can be ordered in either appetizer or entree portions. Acclaimed sommelier Patrick Cappiello put together a sizable program that plays to regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy. So far, the early word is very strong.

220 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

9. Manzanilla

345 Park Ave. South, NYC, NY 10010

Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria, Suba) recently opened this sprawling "Spanish brasserie" with acclaimed Spanish chef Dani Garcia. The menu features tapas-style "snacks," plus appetizers like a foie gras terrine with caramelized goat cheese, and entrees like suckling pig and monkfish with mussels. The entree list also has two steaks and a daily grilled fish special, both served with fries. The large bar area makes this an especially great place to grab a drink and try a few small plates.

345 Park Ave. South
NYC, NY 10010

10. The Marrow

99 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014

The menu at Harold Dieterle's new West Village restaurant is inspired by the chef's German and Italian heritage. Dishes include grilled baby chicken with fried salami and Brussels sprouts, braised duck and pretzel dumpling soup, and a wagyu culotte steak. The space is stylish and comfortable, and co-owner Alicia Nosenzo created a wine list that includes over 300 selections, with a special focus on Germany, Austria, and Italy. The restaurant is home to a $26 mushroom dish that is a real treat for fungus fans -- it's a massive, whole maitake, with delicious crispy edges.

99 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

11. Hanjan

36 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

Chef Hooni Kim's follow-up to Danji is a casual bar and restaurant offering a mix of modern and traditional Korean food. The menu includes things like a spicy octopus stir-fry, braised pig trotters with shrimp sauce, and a salmon sashimi salad with chojang. One section of the menu is devoted to skewers and fried chicken. The cocktail list features many Soju-based drinks, and the bar is stocked with over 40 wines and several Korean rice beers. After 10 p.m., Hanjan also serves ramyun (Japanese Ramen's Korean counterpart) made with a 12 hour stock.

36 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

12. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

103 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003

Mighty Quinn's is the new Texas and Carolinas-inspired barbecue restaurant from Hugh Mangum and restaurateur Micha Magid. Magnum smokes his meat in a pit the size of most people's living rooms, and the individual portions of the meat are all priced under $9. Pete Wells was very impressed by the 'cue at Mighty Quinn's — he recently gave the restaurant two stars.

103 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

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