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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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134111232008_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 20 hottest restaurants below, and stay tuned for the Brooklyn and Queens maps later today.

Restaurants are listed by opening date



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
03/07/13: Added: Pearl & Ash, Montmartre, Manzanilla, Clarkson, Feast
04/04/13: Added: Carbone, Alder, Kajitsu
05/02/13: Added: ABC Cocina, Uncle Boons, Lafayette, Little Prince
06/06/13: Added: Costata, Betony, Tanoshi Sushi, Harlem Shake, The Musket Room
07/11/13: Added: Charlie Bird, Estela, Sushi Dojo, The Butterfly
08/01/13: Added: Khe-Yo, Umami Burger, Quality Italian, Ippudo, Corvo Bianco, ZZ's Clam Bar

09/05/13: Added: Piora, Somtum Der, The East Pole, Han Dynasty, Sushi Nakazawa, Red Farm Steak, Flat Top
10/04/13: Added: Toro, Contra, The Cecil, American Cut, The Chester, Pagani, Hirohisa, Enduro.
11/07/13: Added: Kingside, Red Farm UWS, El Quinto Pino El Comedor, Tao Downtown, Bisoturo, Villard Michel Richard.
12/05/13: Added: Mission Cantina, Gotham West Market, Rotisserie Georgette, Butter, Fung Tu, Cucina Ciano, Barbalu, Skal.
01/14: Added: Ristorante Morini, Telepan Local, China Blue, The Heath, Mountain Bird, Bo's, The Peacock.
02/06/14: Added: Narcissa, All'Onda, The Clam, Empire Diner, Bodega Negra, Margaux, Rosette.
03/05/14: Added: Gato, Navy, General Assembly, Gallaghers.
04/03/14: Added: Bar Bolonat, The Gander, Antonioni's, Chicane, Chez Jef.
05/01/14: Added: Barchetta, Tavern on the Green, El Vez, Racines, Cafe El Presidente, Tessa, Huertas.
06/05/14: Bâtard, Bar Primi, Claudette, Russ & Daughters Cafe, Hudson Eats, Baz Bagel & Restaurant, Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, Roof at Park South, Decoy, Bacchanal, Beautique, Blenheim.
07/03/14: Added: Cherche Midi, The Nomad Bar, elan, Root and Bone, Ivan Ramen.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cherche Midi

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282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-3055
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Last month, legendary restaurateur Keith McNally opened this French restaurant in the space that formerly housed his short-lived Italian project, Pulino's. This is a softer, prettier restaurant than the Italian one, with a menu that includes brasserie favorites, a few original dishes in the New American vein, and several big slabs of meat. McNally and his crew also spent months developing a fancy burger to rival the one served at Minetta Tavern. The early word is through the roof. [Photo: Nick Solares]

2. The NoMad Bar

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10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001
Don't let the name fool you — The Nomad Bar is actually a full-service restaurant offering a new set of dishes from Daniel Humm and James Kent. Early diners are raving about the chicken pot pie (stuffed with black truffles and foie), the hot dog (wrapped in bacon), and the pork (basically a schnitzel sandwich). The bar is serving favorites from next door, plus large format drinks and reserve cocktails made with premium spirits, priced $28 to $198. Note: The Nomad Bar has its own entrance on West 28th Street, but you can also enter through the hotel/restaurant next door. [Nick Solares]

3. élan

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43 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
(646) 682-7105
Chef David Waltuck returns to the scene with the opening of this new casual Flatiron District restaurant. Waltuck describes the food here as "contemporary cuisine rooted in classic French technique." Dishes include “sea urchin guacamole” with grilled bread, potato potstickers with truffles, fettuccine with sea scallops and duck fat, and a chicken pot pie with morels and bacon. As a treat for Chanterelle fans, Waltuck is also serving two dishes that riff on menu items from his old restaurant: General Tso’s sweetbreads, and grilled seafood sausage. [Krieger]

4. Root & Bone

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200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
Jeff McInnis, formerly of Miami's white-hot Yardbird, recently opened this casual Alphabet City Southern restaurant with his partner Janine Booth. The menu includes a fried tea-brined chicken, ricotta gnudi with vegetables, shrimp & grits, and a blue crab Waldorf salad, plus many snacks and small plates. [Krieger]

5. Ivan Ramen

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25 Clinton St
New York, NY
Although Ivan Orkin is famous for his ramen, the early word suggests that the inventive Japanese small plates are the real stars of the show here. Eater's critic Ryan Sutton loves the ox tongue, the pork hand rolls, and the fried whole prawns. [Bess Adler]

6. Bâtard

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239 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2777
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Bâtard is the new fine dining restaurant in the old Corton/Montrachet space from legendary restaurateur Drew Nieporent. The menu from Markus Glocker includes octopus “pastrami,” pea soup with sweetbreads, black olive tortellini, rabbit with “flavors of bouillabaisse,” and veal tenderloin “tramezzini.” Former Daniel maitre d' John Winterman is a partner here, and he's running the floor. Guests can choose two courses for $55, three courses for $65, or four courses for $75. This is the restaurant that all the critics and fine dining lovers will be checking out this summer. [Adam Lerner]

7. Bar Primi

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325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 220-9100
The team from Lafayette, The Dutch, and Locanda Verde recently opened this casual pasta house in the old Peels space. Andrew Carmellini and chef/partner Sal Lamboglia are serving a menu of rustic house-made pastas and daily specials, like veal tails with polenta, and hanger steak with salsa verde. Make sure to get the affogato for dessert. [Bess Adler]

8. Claudette

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24 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 868-2424
Claudette is the airy new Provence-inspired Greenwich Village restaurant from the Rosemary's crew. The menu from Wade Moises and Koren Grieveson has lots of shareable salads and vegetable dishes, as well as lightly composed seafood plates, "pains Tunisiens," pastas, bouillabaisse, chicken tagine, grilled lamb, and hanger steak. This is a great choice for date night. [Krieger]

9. Russ & Daughters Café

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127 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4880
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After 100 years in business, Russ & Daughters recently expanded to a stylish sit-down cafe around the corner from the original shop. At the cafe, you can feast on the smoked fish, pickled herring, and caviar that the store is known for, and sample new items like whitefish toast with wasabi-infused fish roe, and pastrami-cured salmon on a pretzel roll. So far, early diners love the food and the vibe of Russ & Daughters Cafe. [Krieger]

10. Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

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225 Liberty St
New York, NY 10281
(212) 417-7000
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The game-changing food hall at Brookfield Place has stands from Mighty Quinn's, Black Seed, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Umami Burger, Num Pang, and Dos Toros, to name a few. Hudson Eats is one of your best options for casual dining in the Financial District/Battery Park City area.

11. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

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109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
In May, Paul Salmon opened a spinoff of his popular Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily's in the old 7A space. Chef Adam Schop, formerly of Nuela, is serving some Miss Lily's standards plus new dishes like grilled mackerel with "run down sauce," and a Jamaican patty melt. The colorful interior is the work of nightlife king Serge Becker, who's on board as creative director for this project.[Krieger]

12. Roof at Park South Hotel

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125 E 27th Street
New York, NY
Roof at Park South is the gorgeous new open-air lounge from Tim and Nancy Cushman of Boston's O Ya. Tim is serving a menu of Mediterranean-leaning bar snacks here, including potato croquettes with fontina and gold leaf, lamb meatballs, pizza, and crudo. Ted Kilpatrick, formerly of No. 9, is in charge of the cocktails. [Photo: Nick Solares]

13. Decoy

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529 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-9700
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Back in May, Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld opened this subterranean Peking duck parlor beneath Red Farm. In addition to the signature duck, guests can order new Red Farm items like shrimp-stuffed shishito peppers, oxtail dumplings, and foie gras & strawberry tarts. Guest pay $65 a head for a poultry feast with side dishes. The bar is first-come-first-serve, and reservations are required for the duck feasts. [Krieger]

14. Bacchanal

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146 Bowery
New York, NY
(646) 355-1840
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Bacchanal is the new Bowery restaurant from chef Scott Bryan, formerly of Apiary and Veritas, and restaurateur Peter Poulakakos. Bryan's menu is a mix of French and Italian dishes, with options like crudo, fresh pastas, and lightly grilled seafood. Saxon and Parole's Naren Young created the cocktail list. [Bess Adler]

15. Beautique

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8 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 753-1200
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Former Le Cirque chef Craig Hopson and Rose Bar veteran Frank Roberts recently opened this glossy American restaurant next to the Paris Theater on West 58th Street. Beautique has a mirror-lined staircase and a spacious subterranean dining room with a big bar in one corner. Hopson's menu includes confit king salmon, yams roasted with miso and lemon, crab flan, and lamb five ways. Most entrees are priced between $29 and $39. [Krieger]

16. Barchetta

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461 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-7400
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Dave Pasternack, the Crudo King of New York City, recently opened this stylish Chelsea seafood restaurant with LDV Hospitality's John Meadow. Pasternack's menu has 11 crudo plates, plus antipasti, three pasta dishes, grilled fish, and a handful of meat entrees. The wine list has a wide selection of crisp Italian whites to go with all that seafood. [Krieger]

17. Cafe el Presidente

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30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010
(646) 429-8284
This Eataly-esque Mexican market offers coffee, pastries, and juice in the morning, and a taqueria menu from former Peels chef Jason DeBriere in the afternoon and evening. Cafe El Presidente also features a tortilla-making operation and a bar. [Krieger]

18. Tessa

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349 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
Tessa is the spacious new Mediterranean bistro from restaurateur Larry Bellone and chef Cedric Tovar. The menu features a lot of grilled and roasted meats, as well as homemade pastas, salads, and charcuterie items. Appetizers are priced in the low teens, and most of the entrees are in the mid 20s. So far, diners are digging Tovar's menu. [Krieger]

19. Bar Bolonat

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611 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
Bar Bolonat is the new modern Israeli restaurant from Einat Admony, the chef/owner of perennial favorites Taim and Balaboosta. Admony is serving her own idiosyncratic versions of traditional Sephardic and Ashkenazi dishes here, with a menu that includes shrimp in "Yemenite curry," kibbeh stuffed with spiced beef, steak with freekeh salad and tahini, and lamb with chickpeas and candied fennel. Sietsema loved the Israeli bagel and the poussin. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

20. The Gander

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15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-9500
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The Gander is chef Jesse Schenker's casual follow-up to Recette. Unlike his first restaurant, which offers fine dining-style small plates, the menu at the new place is broken down into traditional appetizers and entrees. The menu includes crispy calamari, an iceberg wedge, fluke crudo, four types of pasta, rotisserie chicken, and a dry-aged steak. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

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1. Cherche Midi

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Last month, legendary restaurateur Keith McNally opened this French restaurant in the space that formerly housed his short-lived Italian project, Pulino's. This is a softer, prettier restaurant than the Italian one, with a menu that includes brasserie favorites, a few original dishes in the New American vein, and several big slabs of meat. McNally and his crew also spent months developing a fancy burger to rival the one served at Minetta Tavern. The early word is through the roof. [Photo: Nick Solares]
282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

2. The NoMad Bar

10 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
Don't let the name fool you — The Nomad Bar is actually a full-service restaurant offering a new set of dishes from Daniel Humm and James Kent. Early diners are raving about the chicken pot pie (stuffed with black truffles and foie), the hot dog (wrapped in bacon), and the pork (basically a schnitzel sandwich). The bar is serving favorites from next door, plus large format drinks and reserve cocktails made with premium spirits, priced $28 to $198. Note: The Nomad Bar has its own entrance on West 28th Street, but you can also enter through the hotel/restaurant next door. [Nick Solares]
10 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001

3. élan

43 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
Chef David Waltuck returns to the scene with the opening of this new casual Flatiron District restaurant. Waltuck describes the food here as "contemporary cuisine rooted in classic French technique." Dishes include “sea urchin guacamole” with grilled bread, potato potstickers with truffles, fettuccine with sea scallops and duck fat, and a chicken pot pie with morels and bacon. As a treat for Chanterelle fans, Waltuck is also serving two dishes that riff on menu items from his old restaurant: General Tso’s sweetbreads, and grilled seafood sausage. [Krieger]
43 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

4. Root & Bone

200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |
Jeff McInnis, formerly of Miami's white-hot Yardbird, recently opened this casual Alphabet City Southern restaurant with his partner Janine Booth. The menu includes a fried tea-brined chicken, ricotta gnudi with vegetables, shrimp & grits, and a blue crab Waldorf salad, plus many snacks and small plates. [Krieger]
200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

5. Ivan Ramen

25 Clinton St, New York, NY
Although Ivan Orkin is famous for his ramen, the early word suggests that the inventive Japanese small plates are the real stars of the show here. Eater's critic Ryan Sutton loves the ox tongue, the pork hand rolls, and the fried whole prawns. [Bess Adler]
25 Clinton St
New York, NY

6. Bâtard

239 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Bâtard is the new fine dining restaurant in the old Corton/Montrachet space from legendary restaurateur Drew Nieporent. The menu from Markus Glocker includes octopus “pastrami,” pea soup with sweetbreads, black olive tortellini, rabbit with “flavors of bouillabaisse,” and veal tenderloin “tramezzini.” Former Daniel maitre d' John Winterman is a partner here, and he's running the floor. Guests can choose two courses for $55, three courses for $65, or four courses for $75. This is the restaurant that all the critics and fine dining lovers will be checking out this summer. [Adam Lerner]
239 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

7. Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
The team from Lafayette, The Dutch, and Locanda Verde recently opened this casual pasta house in the old Peels space. Andrew Carmellini and chef/partner Sal Lamboglia are serving a menu of rustic house-made pastas and daily specials, like veal tails with polenta, and hanger steak with salsa verde. Make sure to get the affogato for dessert. [Bess Adler]
325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

8. Claudette

24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Claudette is the airy new Provence-inspired Greenwich Village restaurant from the Rosemary's crew. The menu from Wade Moises and Koren Grieveson has lots of shareable salads and vegetable dishes, as well as lightly composed seafood plates, "pains Tunisiens," pastas, bouillabaisse, chicken tagine, grilled lamb, and hanger steak. This is a great choice for date night. [Krieger]
24 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

9. Russ & Daughters Café

127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
After 100 years in business, Russ & Daughters recently expanded to a stylish sit-down cafe around the corner from the original shop. At the cafe, you can feast on the smoked fish, pickled herring, and caviar that the store is known for, and sample new items like whitefish toast with wasabi-infused fish roe, and pastrami-cured salmon on a pretzel roll. So far, early diners love the food and the vibe of Russ & Daughters Cafe. [Krieger]
127 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

10. Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

225 Liberty St, New York, NY 10281
The game-changing food hall at Brookfield Place has stands from Mighty Quinn's, Black Seed, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Umami Burger, Num Pang, and Dos Toros, to name a few. Hudson Eats is one of your best options for casual dining in the Financial District/Battery Park City area.
225 Liberty St
New York, NY 10281

11. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
In May, Paul Salmon opened a spinoff of his popular Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily's in the old 7A space. Chef Adam Schop, formerly of Nuela, is serving some Miss Lily's standards plus new dishes like grilled mackerel with "run down sauce," and a Jamaican patty melt. The colorful interior is the work of nightlife king Serge Becker, who's on board as creative director for this project.[Krieger]
109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

12. Roof at Park South Hotel

125 E 27th Street, New York, NY
Roof at Park South is the gorgeous new open-air lounge from Tim and Nancy Cushman of Boston's O Ya. Tim is serving a menu of Mediterranean-leaning bar snacks here, including potato croquettes with fontina and gold leaf, lamb meatballs, pizza, and crudo. Ted Kilpatrick, formerly of No. 9, is in charge of the cocktails. [Photo: Nick Solares]
125 E 27th Street
New York, NY

13. Decoy

529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Back in May, Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld opened this subterranean Peking duck parlor beneath Red Farm. In addition to the signature duck, guests can order new Red Farm items like shrimp-stuffed shishito peppers, oxtail dumplings, and foie gras & strawberry tarts. Guest pay $65 a head for a poultry feast with side dishes. The bar is first-come-first-serve, and reservations are required for the duck feasts. [Krieger]
529 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

14. Bacchanal

146 Bowery, New York, NY
Bacchanal is the new Bowery restaurant from chef Scott Bryan, formerly of Apiary and Veritas, and restaurateur Peter Poulakakos. Bryan's menu is a mix of French and Italian dishes, with options like crudo, fresh pastas, and lightly grilled seafood. Saxon and Parole's Naren Young created the cocktail list. [Bess Adler]
146 Bowery
New York, NY

15. Beautique

8 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
Former Le Cirque chef Craig Hopson and Rose Bar veteran Frank Roberts recently opened this glossy American restaurant next to the Paris Theater on West 58th Street. Beautique has a mirror-lined staircase and a spacious subterranean dining room with a big bar in one corner. Hopson's menu includes confit king salmon, yams roasted with miso and lemon, crab flan, and lamb five ways. Most entrees are priced between $29 and $39. [Krieger]
8 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019

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16. Barchetta

461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Dave Pasternack, the Crudo King of New York City, recently opened this stylish Chelsea seafood restaurant with LDV Hospitality's John Meadow. Pasternack's menu has 11 crudo plates, plus antipasti, three pasta dishes, grilled fish, and a handful of meat entrees. The wine list has a wide selection of crisp Italian whites to go with all that seafood. [Krieger]
461 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

17. Cafe el Presidente

30 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010
This Eataly-esque Mexican market offers coffee, pastries, and juice in the morning, and a taqueria menu from former Peels chef Jason DeBriere in the afternoon and evening. Cafe El Presidente also features a tortilla-making operation and a bar. [Krieger]
30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010

18. Tessa

349 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Tessa is the spacious new Mediterranean bistro from restaurateur Larry Bellone and chef Cedric Tovar. The menu features a lot of grilled and roasted meats, as well as homemade pastas, salads, and charcuterie items. Appetizers are priced in the low teens, and most of the entrees are in the mid 20s. So far, diners are digging Tovar's menu. [Krieger]
349 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

19. Bar Bolonat

611 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Bar Bolonat is the new modern Israeli restaurant from Einat Admony, the chef/owner of perennial favorites Taim and Balaboosta. Admony is serving her own idiosyncratic versions of traditional Sephardic and Ashkenazi dishes here, with a menu that includes shrimp in "Yemenite curry," kibbeh stuffed with spiced beef, steak with freekeh salad and tahini, and lamb with chickpeas and candied fennel. Sietsema loved the Israeli bagel and the poussin. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
611 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

20. The Gander

15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
The Gander is chef Jesse Schenker's casual follow-up to Recette. Unlike his first restaurant, which offers fine dining-style small plates, the menu at the new place is broken down into traditional appetizers and entrees. The menu includes crispy calamari, an iceberg wedge, fluke crudo, four types of pasta, rotisserie chicken, and a dry-aged steak. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

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