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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.


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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. Montmartre

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158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Clarkson

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225 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-2474
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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.

6. 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)

7. Salvation Taco

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145 East 39th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 865-5800

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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Cole's Greenwich Village

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118 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-5966
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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.

12. Circolo

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45 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 375-0323
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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.

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1. 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

2. Montmartre

158 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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.

158 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

3. 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

4. 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

5. Clarkson

225 Varick St., New York, NY 10014

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.

225 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014

6. 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

7. Salvation Taco

145 East 39th St., New York, NY 10016

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.

145 East 39th St.
New York, NY 10016

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Cole's Greenwich Village

118 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011

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.

118 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011

12. Circolo

45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

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.

45 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012

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