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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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111232008_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 map tomorrow and the Queens map this weekend.


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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carbone

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181 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-3000
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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.

2. 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.

3. Kajitsu

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125 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 228-4873
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The Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in Japan's traditional, vegan Shojin cuisine moves to a new location on the second floor of a Murray Hill townhouse. It's an upgrade from the previous location in an East Village basement, which could help the restaurant regain the Michelin star it lost this year.

4. 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.

5. Montmartre

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158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Last month, Momofuku alum Tien Ho and West Village restaurateur Gabe Stulman joined forces to open this hip Chelsea bistro. At Montmartre, Tien is returning to the classic French cuisine that he cooked in his early days as a chef. The menu is a mix of bistro favorites, plus dishes that stray from the French tradition a bit. Chicken liver comes garnished with miso and scallions, the beef tartare is served with mustard gaufrettes, and the chicken a la Reine includes royal trumpet mushrooms and foie gras. Like all of Stulman's restaurants, Montmartre has a cool, inviting vibe.

6. 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.

7. Maysville

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17 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
(646) 490-8240
Char No. 4's Sean Josephs opened this Southern restaurant near Madison Square Park late last fall. It floated somewhat under the radar until Pete Wells wrote an enthusiastic two star review in early February. The restaurant has a fun bar up front, which is stocked with many hard-to-find Bourbons. But the real reason to come to Maysville is to sample chef Kyle Knall's nuanced take on Southern food. Make sure to get the crispy chicken leg and the grits with ham.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Le Philosophe

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55 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 388-0038
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Le Philosophe is the new Bond Street French bistro from East Village restaurateur Amadeus Bogner and chef Matthew Aita, formerly of Jean Georges. The early responders love what Aita is doing in the kitchen. Most of the entrees are in the mid '20s, and the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe during lunch for $24. (Photo)

11. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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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.

12. Feast

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102 third ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-8880
Feast is the new East Village bakery/restaurant from Veritas alum Christopher Meenan and Savoy Bakery's Brian Ghaw. During the day, the restaurant offers coffee and pastries to go. At night, the menu includes greenmarket-driven American fare, and large-format meals. The vegetarian feast is $38 per person, and the meat meal is $48 per person. The space has a small bar up front, plus plenty of large tables in the back.

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1. 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

2. 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

3. Kajitsu

125 E 39th St., New York, NY 10016
The Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in Japan's traditional, vegan Shojin cuisine moves to a new location on the second floor of a Murray Hill townhouse. It's an upgrade from the previous location in an East Village basement, which could help the restaurant regain the Michelin star it lost this year.
125 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016

4. 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

5. Montmartre

158 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Last month, Momofuku alum Tien Ho and West Village restaurateur Gabe Stulman joined forces to open this hip Chelsea bistro. At Montmartre, Tien is returning to the classic French cuisine that he cooked in his early days as a chef. The menu is a mix of bistro favorites, plus dishes that stray from the French tradition a bit. Chicken liver comes garnished with miso and scallions, the beef tartare is served with mustard gaufrettes, and the chicken a la Reine includes royal trumpet mushrooms and foie gras. Like all of Stulman's restaurants, Montmartre has a cool, inviting vibe.
158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

6. 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

7. Maysville

17 W 26th St., New York, NY 10010
Char No. 4's Sean Josephs opened this Southern restaurant near Madison Square Park late last fall. It floated somewhat under the radar until Pete Wells wrote an enthusiastic two star review in early February. The restaurant has a fun bar up front, which is stocked with many hard-to-find Bourbons. But the real reason to come to Maysville is to sample chef Kyle Knall's nuanced take on Southern food. Make sure to get the crispy chicken leg and the grits with ham.
17 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10010

8. 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

9. 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

10. Le Philosophe

55 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
Le Philosophe is the new Bond Street French bistro from East Village restaurateur Amadeus Bogner and chef Matthew Aita, formerly of Jean Georges. The early responders love what Aita is doing in the kitchen. Most of the entrees are in the mid '20s, and the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe during lunch for $24. (Photo)
55 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012

11. 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

12. Feast

102 third ave, New York, NY 10003
Feast is the new East Village bakery/restaurant from Veritas alum Christopher Meenan and Savoy Bakery's Brian Ghaw. During the day, the restaurant offers coffee and pastries to go. At night, the menu includes greenmarket-driven American fare, and large-format meals. The vegetarian feast is $38 per person, and the meat meal is $48 per person. The space has a small bar up front, plus plenty of large tables in the back.
102 third ave
New York, NY 10003

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