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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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2013_january_heatmap12.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 map tomorrow.


06/07/12: Added: Mission Chinese Food, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, Neta
07/05/12: Added: Nicoletta, Rosemary's, Hillside, Extra Fancy, Rocket Pig
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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. The General

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199 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 271-7101

The EMM Group opens monster club/restaurants that attract hordes of beautiful people, and the food is always surprisingly good. At the group's new behemoth on the Bowery, chef Hung Huynh has created a pan-Asian menu that includes a little something for everyone: sushi, dim sum, noodles, crispy chicken, Peking duck, and many lightly prepared proteins.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Salvation Taco

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

The Spotted Pig's Ken Frideman 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.

6. American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth

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205 Hudson Street
NY, NY 10013
(212) 776-1441

So far, early diners love the pies that are coming out of American Flatbread's wood-fired clay ovens. This Vermont import specializes in salads and pizzas made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. The bar is stocked with several beers that are hard to find outside of the Vermont Area. Large pizzas run $13 - $21.

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. The Cleveland

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25 Cleveland Place
New York, NY 10012

This cozy Soho restaurant is the new home of chef Ken Corrow, who previously worked at Acme and Anella. Entrees include a skirt steak with latkes, roasted chicken with sausage, pappardelle with olives, and risotto with duck confit. The prices are fairly low for the neighborhood.

9. 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.

10. Chez Sardine

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183 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 360-3705
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Gabe Stulman and Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly's handsome new restaurant offers sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as things like Brussels sprouts with apples, crispy chicken with kimchi, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with smoked cheddar and foie gras. From day one, Stulman has pitched this as an inauthentic version of a Japanese izakaya, and that's still a good way to describe what's going on here. The early word suggests that the miso-maple salmon head is the must-order dish.

11. El Toro Blanco

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257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-0193
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John McDonald and Josh Capon, the boys behind Lure and B & B, recently opened this stylish new Mexican restaurant. Capon developed the menu with Scott Linquist, a California chef who has worked in some of the country's best modern Mexican restaurants. The early word suggests that El Toro Blanco is both a crowd-pleaser, and a restaurant that Mexican food snobs will dig.

12. 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. Mighty Quinn's was a hit at Smorgasburg, and the early word suggests that the East Village outpost is a strong addition to the New York barbecue scene. 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.

13. Louro

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144 10th St
New York, NY 10014

David Santos, a chef that is beloved by the Chowhound set, recently struck it out on his own with this restaurant in the space that formerly housed Lowcountry and Bar Blanc. The food here skews New American, but there are some sharp international influences — the menu includes things like piri piri shrimp, boar sausage with spaetzle, and salmon tartare in a yuzu broth. The regular menu is served Tuesday through Sunday, and on Monday nights, the chef is offering a version of the meals that he cooked for the Um Segredo supper club.

14. 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. So far, 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)

15. Willow Road

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85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 484-6566
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Willow Road is the stylish new Chelsea American restaurant from a team of NYC nightlife vets. Former Cru chef Todd Macdonald and Top Chef alum Grayson Schmitz are in the kitchen. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but the space is fun, the menu offers a little something for everyone, and the food is reasonably priced. Summit Bar's Greg Seider designed the cocktail list, and the space is open late.

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1. 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

2. The General

199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

The EMM Group opens monster club/restaurants that attract hordes of beautiful people, and the food is always surprisingly good. At the group's new behemoth on the Bowery, chef Hung Huynh has created a pan-Asian menu that includes a little something for everyone: sushi, dim sum, noodles, crispy chicken, Peking duck, and many lightly prepared proteins.

199 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

3. 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

4. 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

5. Salvation Taco

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

The Spotted Pig's Ken Frideman 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

6. American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth

205 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10013

So far, early diners love the pies that are coming out of American Flatbread's wood-fired clay ovens. This Vermont import specializes in salads and pizzas made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. The bar is stocked with several beers that are hard to find outside of the Vermont Area. Large pizzas run $13 - $21.

205 Hudson Street
NY, NY 10013

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. The Cleveland

25 Cleveland Place, New York, NY 10012

This cozy Soho restaurant is the new home of chef Ken Corrow, who previously worked at Acme and Anella. Entrees include a skirt steak with latkes, roasted chicken with sausage, pappardelle with olives, and risotto with duck confit. The prices are fairly low for the neighborhood.

25 Cleveland Place
New York, NY 10012

9. 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

10. Chez Sardine

183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Gabe Stulman and Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly's handsome new restaurant offers sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as things like Brussels sprouts with apples, crispy chicken with kimchi, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with smoked cheddar and foie gras. From day one, Stulman has pitched this as an inauthentic version of a Japanese izakaya, and that's still a good way to describe what's going on here. The early word suggests that the miso-maple salmon head is the must-order dish.

183 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

11. El Toro Blanco

257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

John McDonald and Josh Capon, the boys behind Lure and B & B, recently opened this stylish new Mexican restaurant. Capon developed the menu with Scott Linquist, a California chef who has worked in some of the country's best modern Mexican restaurants. The early word suggests that El Toro Blanco is both a crowd-pleaser, and a restaurant that Mexican food snobs will dig.

257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014

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. Mighty Quinn's was a hit at Smorgasburg, and the early word suggests that the East Village outpost is a strong addition to the New York barbecue scene. 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.

103 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

13. Louro

144 10th St, New York, NY 10014

David Santos, a chef that is beloved by the Chowhound set, recently struck it out on his own with this restaurant in the space that formerly housed Lowcountry and Bar Blanc. The food here skews New American, but there are some sharp international influences — the menu includes things like piri piri shrimp, boar sausage with spaetzle, and salmon tartare in a yuzu broth. The regular menu is served Tuesday through Sunday, and on Monday nights, the chef is offering a version of the meals that he cooked for the Um Segredo supper club.

144 10th St
New York, NY 10014

14. 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. So far, 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

15. Willow Road

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Willow Road is the stylish new Chelsea American restaurant from a team of NYC nightlife vets. Former Cru chef Todd Macdonald and Top Chef alum Grayson Schmitz are in the kitchen. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but the space is fun, the menu offers a little something for everyone, and the food is reasonably priced. Summit Bar's Greg Seider designed the cocktail list, and the space is open late.

85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

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