clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

View as Map

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.


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
03/07/12: Added: Pearl & Ash, Montmartre, Manzanilla, Clarkson, Feast.

Read More
Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process. If you buy something or book a reservation from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Pearl & Ash

Copy Link

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.

Montmartre

Copy Link

Earlier this 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.

Manzanilla

Copy Link

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.

The Marrow

Copy Link

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.

Clarkson

Copy Link

Clarkson is the retro American bar and restaurant from Cercle Rouge owner Georges Forgeois. He completely re-imagined the Varick Street corner space, which housed many failed restaurants over the last few years. Now it looks and feels like a bustling New York City bar room circa 1940. The menu from Thistle Hill Tavern veteran Rebecca Weitzman includes crowd-pleasers like pork belly, bone marrow, steak tartare, oysters, duck confit, and braised short ribs.

Le Philosophe

Copy Link

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)

Salvation Taco

Copy Link

The Spotted Pig's Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield recently opened this quirky taqueria inside the Pod 39 hotel. Fonda chef Roberto Santibanez collaborated on the menu, which includes traditional Mexican tacos, tortas, and snacks, as well as things like Moroccan lamb breast on toasted naan, and a roasted cauliflower and broccoli taco with curried crema. Hotel Delmano's Sam Anderson is in charge of the cocktails.

Mighty Quinn's BBQ

Copy Link

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.

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.

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.

Cole's Greenwich Village

Copy Link

David Rabin, Larry Poston, and a handful of other industry movers and shakers recently transformed the old Lyon space into a bustling American bistro. The menu from chef Daniel Eardley features market-driven soups and salads, a pork chop, a few steaks, several seafood dishes, and a burger. The space now feels more comfortable and intimate than it did before.

Circolo

Copy Link

The team behind the Posada Margherita resort in Tulum, Mexico recently opened this airy Italian restaurant in the old Mercat space on Bond Street. The chef, Fabio Scovaventi, hails from Tuscany. Many of the items on his menu feature lightly prepared vegetables and proteins, and all the pastas and breads are made in the restaurant's kitchen.

Pearl & Ash

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.

Montmartre

Earlier this 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.

Manzanilla

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.

The Marrow

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.

Clarkson

Clarkson is the retro American bar and restaurant from Cercle Rouge owner Georges Forgeois. He completely re-imagined the Varick Street corner space, which housed many failed restaurants over the last few years. Now it looks and feels like a bustling New York City bar room circa 1940. The menu from Thistle Hill Tavern veteran Rebecca Weitzman includes crowd-pleasers like pork belly, bone marrow, steak tartare, oysters, duck confit, and braised short ribs.

Le Philosophe

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)

Salvation Taco

The Spotted Pig's Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield recently opened this quirky taqueria inside the Pod 39 hotel. Fonda chef Roberto Santibanez collaborated on the menu, which includes traditional Mexican tacos, tortas, and snacks, as well as things like Moroccan lamb breast on toasted naan, and a roasted cauliflower and broccoli taco with curried crema. Hotel Delmano's Sam Anderson is in charge of the cocktails.

Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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.

Feast

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.

Hanjan

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.

Cole's Greenwich Village

David Rabin, Larry Poston, and a handful of other industry movers and shakers recently transformed the old Lyon space into a bustling American bistro. The menu from chef Daniel Eardley features market-driven soups and salads, a pork chop, a few steaks, several seafood dishes, and a burger. The space now feels more comfortable and intimate than it did before.

Circolo

The team behind the Posada Margherita resort in Tulum, Mexico recently opened this airy Italian restaurant in the old Mercat space on Bond Street. The chef, Fabio Scovaventi, hails from Tuscany. Many of the items on his menu feature lightly prepared vegetables and proteins, and all the pastas and breads are made in the restaurant's kitchen.

Related Maps