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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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123412123123112008_10_hasmaps-thumb%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 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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. Willow Road

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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.

3. 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. It's already packed to the gills.
12 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010
The owners of Sag Harbor Japanese favorite Sen recently opened an outpost in the Flatiron District. The sushi chef here is Hiro Sawatari, who worked at Yasuda before doing a stint at short-lived Soho restaurant Niko, and Bryan Emperor, formerly of Kalu in Charlotte, is in charge of the rest of the menu. This is a fine choice if you want a full sushi dinner, or just cocktails and a few Japanese small plates.

5. L'Apicio

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13 E 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-7400
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L'Apicio is the new East Village restaurant from restaurateur Joe Campanale and chef Gabe Thompson, of L'Artusi, Dell'Anima, and Anfora. They haven't messed with the formula established at their West Village restaurants very much, but so far, people love what Thompson is doing in the kitchen. Order any of the polenta dishes (there are five), and make sure to try one or two of the pastas. And if you just want a cocktail or a glass of wine, L'Apicio has a bar that's big enough to accommodate you and a few of your friends.

6. Tribeca Canvas

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313 Church St.
New York City, NY 10013
(917) 720-2845
Tribeca Canvas is one of the stranger restaurants to open this year, but so far, early diners have good things to say about chef Masaharu Morimoto's menu of Asian-influenced American comfort food. The offerings include fried chicken with ginger scallion dressing, steamed mussels with chorizo, shrimp nachos, hamachi tacos, mac and cheese, and skirt steak with "bone marrow potato puree." Most of the appetizers are in the low teens, and most of the entrees are in the mid 20s.

7. Gaonnuri

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1250 Broadway 39th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 971-9045
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This Korean restaurant is one of the big dining surprises of the year. Located on the 39th floor of an office building in Koreatown, the bar and the dining room at Gaonurri offer spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan. The service still has some kinks to work you, but if you want to eat solid Korean food with a breathtaking view of the city, it's worth a trip.

8. The Library at The Public

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425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-8777
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First and foremost, go to The Library to enjoy the room, which was built by legendary designer David Rockwell and his crew. Stay for the superb cocktails, and the eclectic menu by Andrew Carmellini. Right now, The Library is a stealth gem, mostly because it's hard to find — walk into the Public Theater, veer left, walk up the flight of stairs, cross the fluorescent-lit hallway, open the door, and then you're there. This place will absolutely blow up in the next few months, but right now it's very manageable. Get the burger.

9. The Beatrice Inn

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285 W 12th St.
New York, NY
(646) 896-1804
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The Beatrice Inn is a space with a lot of history. It existed for decades as a fine West Village Italian restaurant, then, for a few years, it was the hottest nightclub on the planet. Now, in its third iteration, The Beatrice is an upscale American restaurant owned and operated by Sir Graydon Carter, with food by Per Se vet Brian Nasworthy. This is a very hard table to score right now. Pro tip: show up early, or very late.

10. Bill's

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57 E 54th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-0243
Bill's is the clubby new steakhouse from John DeLucie and Crown Hospitality in the space that previously housed Bill's Gay Nineties. The menu here features dry-aged steaks, pastas, seafood, steakhouse sides, and salads. Jason Hall (Crown, Gotham Bar & Grill) is the executive chef. The dining room looks like a cross between Gramercy Tavern and DeLucie's The Lion, but with taxidermy and blue wallpaper. The socialites and celebrities will feel right at home here.

11. Pig and Khao

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68 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 920-4485
Top Chef alum Leah Cohen returns to the NYC dining scene with a new restaurant in the old Falai space serving food inspired by her travels in Southeast Asia. The menu includes a lot of shareable small plates like quail adobo, mussels with Chinese sausage, green mango with charred chicken, and grilled pork jowl with watermelon. The space has a dining bar in the front, and a garden in the back.

12. Arlington Club Steakhouse

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1032 LEXINGTON AVENUE
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-5700
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Chef Laurent Tourondel teamed up with Tao Group for this new Upper East Side bar and restaurant. This is basically a steakhouse that looks like a club in the vein of Beauty & Essex. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant is received by both the critics and the people who live in the area.

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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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. It's already packed to the gills.
257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014

4. Sen

12 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010
The owners of Sag Harbor Japanese favorite Sen recently opened an outpost in the Flatiron District. The sushi chef here is Hiro Sawatari, who worked at Yasuda before doing a stint at short-lived Soho restaurant Niko, and Bryan Emperor, formerly of Kalu in Charlotte, is in charge of the rest of the menu. This is a fine choice if you want a full sushi dinner, or just cocktails and a few Japanese small plates.
12 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010

5. L'Apicio

13 E 1st St., New York, NY 10003
L'Apicio is the new East Village restaurant from restaurateur Joe Campanale and chef Gabe Thompson, of L'Artusi, Dell'Anima, and Anfora. They haven't messed with the formula established at their West Village restaurants very much, but so far, people love what Thompson is doing in the kitchen. Order any of the polenta dishes (there are five), and make sure to try one or two of the pastas. And if you just want a cocktail or a glass of wine, L'Apicio has a bar that's big enough to accommodate you and a few of your friends.
13 E 1st St.
New York, NY 10003

6. Tribeca Canvas

313 Church St., New York City, NY 10013
Tribeca Canvas is one of the stranger restaurants to open this year, but so far, early diners have good things to say about chef Masaharu Morimoto's menu of Asian-influenced American comfort food. The offerings include fried chicken with ginger scallion dressing, steamed mussels with chorizo, shrimp nachos, hamachi tacos, mac and cheese, and skirt steak with "bone marrow potato puree." Most of the appetizers are in the low teens, and most of the entrees are in the mid 20s.
313 Church St.
New York City, NY 10013

7. Gaonnuri

1250 Broadway 39th Fl., New York, NY 10001
This Korean restaurant is one of the big dining surprises of the year. Located on the 39th floor of an office building in Koreatown, the bar and the dining room at Gaonurri offer spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan. The service still has some kinks to work you, but if you want to eat solid Korean food with a breathtaking view of the city, it's worth a trip.
1250 Broadway 39th Fl.
New York, NY 10001

8. The Library at The Public

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
First and foremost, go to The Library to enjoy the room, which was built by legendary designer David Rockwell and his crew. Stay for the superb cocktails, and the eclectic menu by Andrew Carmellini. Right now, The Library is a stealth gem, mostly because it's hard to find — walk into the Public Theater, veer left, walk up the flight of stairs, cross the fluorescent-lit hallway, open the door, and then you're there. This place will absolutely blow up in the next few months, but right now it's very manageable. Get the burger.
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

9. The Beatrice Inn

285 W 12th St., New York, NY
The Beatrice Inn is a space with a lot of history. It existed for decades as a fine West Village Italian restaurant, then, for a few years, it was the hottest nightclub on the planet. Now, in its third iteration, The Beatrice is an upscale American restaurant owned and operated by Sir Graydon Carter, with food by Per Se vet Brian Nasworthy. This is a very hard table to score right now. Pro tip: show up early, or very late.
285 W 12th St.
New York, NY

10. Bill's

57 E 54th St., New York, NY 10022
Bill's is the clubby new steakhouse from John DeLucie and Crown Hospitality in the space that previously housed Bill's Gay Nineties. The menu here features dry-aged steaks, pastas, seafood, steakhouse sides, and salads. Jason Hall (Crown, Gotham Bar & Grill) is the executive chef. The dining room looks like a cross between Gramercy Tavern and DeLucie's The Lion, but with taxidermy and blue wallpaper. The socialites and celebrities will feel right at home here.
57 E 54th St.
New York, NY 10022

11. Pig and Khao

68 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002
Top Chef alum Leah Cohen returns to the NYC dining scene with a new restaurant in the old Falai space serving food inspired by her travels in Southeast Asia. The menu includes a lot of shareable small plates like quail adobo, mussels with Chinese sausage, green mango with charred chicken, and grilled pork jowl with watermelon. The space has a dining bar in the front, and a garden in the back.
68 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002

12. Arlington Club Steakhouse

1032 LEXINGTON AVENUE, New York, NY 10021
Chef Laurent Tourondel teamed up with Tao Group for this new Upper East Side bar and restaurant. This is basically a steakhouse that looks like a club in the vein of Beauty & Essex. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant is received by both the critics and the people who live in the area.
1032 LEXINGTON AVENUE
New York, NY 10021

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