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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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12123123112008_10_hasmaps.jpegMore 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.

For the first time in the history of Eater, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are getting their own dedicated Heatmaps. Check out the map of Manhattan's hottest restaurants below, and stay tuned for the Brooklyn map later today, and the Queens map tomorrow.

For a guide to Brooklyn's restaurants-of-the-moment, check out the Brooklyn Heatmap.


11/8/11: Added: Pulqueria, Parm, The Cannibal, Forcella, Littleneck
12/6/11: Added: Corkbuzz Wine Studio, Allswell, Kutsher's Tribeca
1/13/12: Added: Monkey Bar, Pok Pok Wing, Acme, North End Grill
2/2/12: Added: Talde, The Bowery Diner, No. 7 Sub
3/1/12: Added: Wong, Super Linda, Don Antonio, Empellon Cocina
04/10/12: Added: The Nomad, Perla, Gran Electrica, Atera, Back Forty West, Frej
05/3/12: Added: Reynards, Mile End Sandwich, Pok Pok NY, The Daily
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
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ichimura at Brushstroke

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30 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 513-7141
Ichimura at Brushstroke is the restaurant that sushi aficionados are clamoring to get into right now. The seats at this new sushi bar were empty until Pete Wells filed a three-star rave in the Times back in September. Chef Eiji Ichimura has spent over four decades making sushi, and at Brushstroke, he is serving a menu of fresh fish and aged fish dishes, some of which are hard to find in New York City. Over the course of the meal, guests can also order a few of the dishes from the Brushstroke kitchen.

2. The Nomad

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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The most-hyped restaurant of the year is also one of the best new restaurants of the year. You can have a big blow-out meal here ordering things like the incredible seafood tower and epic roast chicken for two, but the Nomad is also a cool place for a business lunch during the week or brunch on the weekends. And, if you want to sample the goods without committing to a full meal, the bar bites in the Library bar are terrific — try the fried chicken, the ham sandwich, and the crudités.

3. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

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18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-1818
Rosemary's is the gorgeous new restaurant from Bobo's Carlos Suarez and chef Wade Moises. The menu includes a number of fresh pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees, many of which are made with vegetables and herbs that are grown on the roof. Make sure to order the homemade focaccia, and one or two of the vegetable sides. This is the date night restaurant of the year.

4. Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante

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903 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 517-7700
Last month, chef Cesare Casella opened a white-tablecloth counterpart to his hit Upper West Side Italian restaurant, Salumeria Rosi. Casella hired Oscar-winning designer Dante Ferretti to create an intimate space that includes more than a few nods to ancient Rome. Like the original Salumeria Rosi, the menu here features a long list of shareable plates, and wines by the bottle or by the glass. But the big addition is the list of secondi, which includes a pressed half chicken, pork chop, mixed seafood plate, and veal ossobuco.

5. Mission Chinese Food

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154 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-8800
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Mission Chinese Food is one of the most buzzed-about restaurants of the year. All of the big critics have filed on Danny Bowien's modern Chinese restaurant, and most of the reviews are raves. Get the thrice cooked bacon and the kung pao pastrami.

6. Barraca

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81 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
Barraca is the stylish new West Village Spanish restaurant from the team behind Macondo and Rayuela, and chef Jesus Nunez, formerly Gastroarte. The menu features traditional Spanish tapas, paellas, and grilled entrees, as well as a number of homemade pastries. Several critics loved Nunez's forward-thinking food at Gastroarte, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles a menu of Spanish classics.

7. 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.

8. Porsena Extra Bar

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21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
Sara Jenkins recently opened a wine bar counterpart to her pasta hit, Porsena. The menu at Porsena Extra Bar features Italian antipasti and several Mediterranean dishes like tomato bread with labne and zaatar, and a lamb tartare with parsley and lemon. To drink, the bar offers wines from Italy, France, Spain, and Lebanon. Porsena Extra Bar is open for both lunch and dinner.

9. Calliope

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84 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-8484
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Calliope is the new East Village restaurant from husband and wife team Eric Korsh and wife Ginevra Iverson. As Pete Wells noted in his enthusiastic one-star review, this is not a cookie-cuter bistro — at Calliope, Korsch and Iverson are serving nuanced versions of the French classics. Make sure to order one of the desserts from former Peels chef Shuna Lydon.

10. Neta

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61 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-2610
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Neta is the new Greenwich Village sushi restaurant from Masa alums Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. Although the chefs serve many traditional sushi preparations, some of the highlights of the menu are the more unconventional, modern dishes like the vegetable sushi and the spicy salmon with sizzling rice. Neta recently received two stars each from Ryan Sutton, Pete Wells, and Adam Platt.

11. The Leadbelly

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12 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
The Leadbelly is the new Orchard Street oyster bar from the team behind the Fat Radish on the Lower East Side and Ruschmeyer's in Montauk. The food menu includes East and West Coast oysters, plus a few shareable plates of things like beef tartare and seafood pot pie. You can make a meal out of the oysters and the large dishes here, but The Leadbelly is best enjoyed as a place to grab drinks and snacks before a night on the town.

12. Pok Pok Phat Thai

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137 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-1299
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Andy Ricker recently closed his popular LES wing shop, and reopened it as a restaurant completely devoted to pad Thai, which is a dish that he's never served before at any of his restaurants. Pok Pok Phat Thai offers pork, vegan, prawn, and prawn & pork versions of the dish, made with rice noodles, broad noodles, or glass noodles. The wings can still be found at the full-service restaurant in Brooklyn.

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1. Ichimura at Brushstroke

30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Ichimura at Brushstroke is the restaurant that sushi aficionados are clamoring to get into right now. The seats at this new sushi bar were empty until Pete Wells filed a three-star rave in the Times back in September. Chef Eiji Ichimura has spent over four decades making sushi, and at Brushstroke, he is serving a menu of fresh fish and aged fish dishes, some of which are hard to find in New York City. Over the course of the meal, guests can also order a few of the dishes from the Brushstroke kitchen.
30 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

2. The Nomad

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
The most-hyped restaurant of the year is also one of the best new restaurants of the year. You can have a big blow-out meal here ordering things like the incredible seafood tower and epic roast chicken for two, but the Nomad is also a cool place for a business lunch during the week or brunch on the weekends. And, if you want to sample the goods without committing to a full meal, the bar bites in the Library bar are terrific — try the fried chicken, the ham sandwich, and the crudités.
1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

3. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Rosemary's is the gorgeous new restaurant from Bobo's Carlos Suarez and chef Wade Moises. The menu includes a number of fresh pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees, many of which are made with vegetables and herbs that are grown on the roof. Make sure to order the homemade focaccia, and one or two of the vegetable sides. This is the date night restaurant of the year.
18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

4. Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante

903 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Last month, chef Cesare Casella opened a white-tablecloth counterpart to his hit Upper West Side Italian restaurant, Salumeria Rosi. Casella hired Oscar-winning designer Dante Ferretti to create an intimate space that includes more than a few nods to ancient Rome. Like the original Salumeria Rosi, the menu here features a long list of shareable plates, and wines by the bottle or by the glass. But the big addition is the list of secondi, which includes a pressed half chicken, pork chop, mixed seafood plate, and veal ossobuco.
903 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

5. Mission Chinese Food

154 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Mission Chinese Food is one of the most buzzed-about restaurants of the year. All of the big critics have filed on Danny Bowien's modern Chinese restaurant, and most of the reviews are raves. Get the thrice cooked bacon and the kung pao pastrami.
154 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

6. Barraca

81 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Barraca is the stylish new West Village Spanish restaurant from the team behind Macondo and Rayuela, and chef Jesus Nunez, formerly Gastroarte. The menu features traditional Spanish tapas, paellas, and grilled entrees, as well as a number of homemade pastries. Several critics loved Nunez's forward-thinking food at Gastroarte, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles a menu of Spanish classics.
81 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

7. 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

8. Porsena Extra Bar

21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Sara Jenkins recently opened a wine bar counterpart to her pasta hit, Porsena. The menu at Porsena Extra Bar features Italian antipasti and several Mediterranean dishes like tomato bread with labne and zaatar, and a lamb tartare with parsley and lemon. To drink, the bar offers wines from Italy, France, Spain, and Lebanon. Porsena Extra Bar is open for both lunch and dinner.
21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

9. Calliope

84 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Calliope is the new East Village restaurant from husband and wife team Eric Korsh and wife Ginevra Iverson. As Pete Wells noted in his enthusiastic one-star review, this is not a cookie-cuter bistro — at Calliope, Korsch and Iverson are serving nuanced versions of the French classics. Make sure to order one of the desserts from former Peels chef Shuna Lydon.
84 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

10. Neta

61 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
Neta is the new Greenwich Village sushi restaurant from Masa alums Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. Although the chefs serve many traditional sushi preparations, some of the highlights of the menu are the more unconventional, modern dishes like the vegetable sushi and the spicy salmon with sizzling rice. Neta recently received two stars each from Ryan Sutton, Pete Wells, and Adam Platt.
61 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

11. The Leadbelly

12 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
The Leadbelly is the new Orchard Street oyster bar from the team behind the Fat Radish on the Lower East Side and Ruschmeyer's in Montauk. The food menu includes East and West Coast oysters, plus a few shareable plates of things like beef tartare and seafood pot pie. You can make a meal out of the oysters and the large dishes here, but The Leadbelly is best enjoyed as a place to grab drinks and snacks before a night on the town.
12 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

12. Pok Pok Phat Thai

137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Andy Ricker recently closed his popular LES wing shop, and reopened it as a restaurant completely devoted to pad Thai, which is a dish that he's never served before at any of his restaurants. Pok Pok Phat Thai offers pork, vegan, prawn, and prawn & pork versions of the dish, made with rice noodles, broad noodles, or glass noodles. The wings can still be found at the full-service restaurant in Brooklyn.
137 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

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