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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 15 hottest restaurants below, and stay tuned for the Brooklyn and Queens maps later this week.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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]

2. The Gander

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15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-9500
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At the Gander, chef Jesse Schenker is serving a menu of New American crowd-pleasers in a comfortable space. The menu includes crispy calamari, an iceberg wedge, fluke crudo, four types of pasta, rotisserie chicken, and a dry-aged steak. Schenker earned raves at Recette in the West Village, so it will be interesting to see what he does in a more relaxed setting. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

3. Antonioni's

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177 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 998-3407
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Last month, the owners of Cafe Gitane opened this stylish Italian restaurant on Chrystie Street. The space has a small bar, a handful of leather booths, lots of cozy two tops, and Gino-esque circus animal wallpaper throughout. The menu is a mix of hearty Italian-American favorites and lighter dishes like "Tuscan mussels," a beet and orange salad, and seared shrimp with cuttlefish and gremolata.[Photo: Daniel Krieger]

4. Chez Jef

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241 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 388-0052
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Mathieu Palombino recently closed his two-year-old restaurant The Bowery Diner, and reopened the space as a French bistro pop-up. The menu has French onion soup, pâté de campagne, steak frites, and crème brûlée. All of the dinner entrees are $22, many of the wine bottles are under $50, and the restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe for $35. Right now, this is one of the best deals in town. [Daniel Krieger]

5. Chicane

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430 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-5999
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This sunny new Soho bistro serves food inspired by Monaco and the French Riviera. The menu from chef Andres Grundy includes tuna tartare, risotto with escargot, whole wheat ravioli stuffed with kale, lamb shoulder with baby vegetables, and tuna a la plancha. Entrees are priced between $19 to $30. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

6. Gato

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324 Lafayette St.
New York, NY
For his first new Manhattan restaurant in over eight years, Mr. Bobby Flay is serving a menu of rustic Mediterranean fare in a sprawling Noho space. Flay’s menu includes tapas-style shareable plates (three for $17), Greek-style dips, wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood dishes, and vegetables galore. [Krieger]

7. Navy

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137 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-1137
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At this new, nautically-themed Soho restaurant from the Smith & Mills team, former Paloma chef/restaurateur Camille Becerra is cooking light, bright seafood and vegetable dishes. In addition to raw bar items, the menu has gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, crispy sweet potatoes with pomegranate, and ocean trout en croûte. Don't miss the house-cured fish with caviar and homemade blini. [Krieger]

8. General Assembly

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360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
212-951-7111
General Assembly is the new European-influenced bistro from Michael and Alan Stillman's Fourth Wall Group. Chef Craig Koketsu's menu has crudités (so hot right now), raw seafood dishes, fried skate, roasted chicken, a fancy $19 burger, rabbit Wellington, and steak frites. The design titans at AvroKo created a space that's airy and comfortable. [Krieger]

9. Gallaghers Steakhouse

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228 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-5336
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Dean Poll recently spent millions of dollars revamping this classic Midtown steakhouse. Now it has an open kitchen, a raw bar, oak floorboards, and red leather booths. The good news is that the kitchen is firing on all cylinders, and the menu still includes many of the classic steaks and sides. And for the nostalgists out there, the horseshoe-shaped bar looks and feels just as it did before the revamp. [Daniel Krieger]

10. Narcissa

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21 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-3344
At this gorgeous new restaurant in The Standard East Village, John Fraser is serving an inspired version of California cuisine. The roasted beets, carrots Wellington, and lamb saddle are early standouts. The bar area in the back room is also an ideal place for cocktail sipping and snacking. [Daniel Krieger]

11. All’onda

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22 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 231-2236
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Chef Chris Jaeckle is cooking terrific pastas and seafood dishes at Jeffrey Chodorow's Italian newcomer. Industry legend Chris Cannon — who is working as a consultant at All'onda — has put together a wine list with a lot of affordable sparkling options. All'Onda is a great choice for date night, or a solo splurge at the bar. [Daniel Krieger]

12. The Clam

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420 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-8420
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The Clam is the new West Village seafood restaurant from Market Table's chef/co-owner Mike Price. The menu features riffs on East Coast seafood house favorites, plus New American dishes that wouldn't be out of place at Market Table. Options include cherrystone clams stuffed with pancetta, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and peanuts, fried rice with seafood and pork belly, and spaghetti with clams. [Daniel Krieger]

13. Empire Diner

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210 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Head to Amanda Freitag's lively revamp of the Empire Diner for matzo ball soup with bone marrow, crispy Buffalo-style skate wings, Brussels sprouts slathered in chili jam, or a plump cheeseburger with a mountain of crispy fries. By all accounts, Ms. Freitag has a hit on her hands. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

14. Rosette

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171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(212) 933-1176
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At this cozy restaurant on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, Nick Curtin, formerly of Acme and Compose, is cooking rustic, market-driven New American fare. Order the clam chowder croquettes, the seared steak tartare, and anything that's cooked in the wood-fired oven. [Bess Adler]

15. Ristorante Morini

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1167 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
Ristorante Morini is the long-in-the-works Italian fine dining restaurant from chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group. The menu from White and executive chef Gordon Finn (Alto) features regional specialties from all over Italy, including crudo, caviar, homemade pastas, lobster-filled calamari, Marsala-braised snails, and a pan-roasted veal chop. Pro Tip: Ristorante Morini offers a $39 two-course lunch option that includes many of the best dishes on the menu. [Daniel Krieger]

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1. 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

2. The Gander

15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
At the Gander, chef Jesse Schenker is serving a menu of New American crowd-pleasers in a comfortable space. The menu includes crispy calamari, an iceberg wedge, fluke crudo, four types of pasta, rotisserie chicken, and a dry-aged steak. Schenker earned raves at Recette in the West Village, so it will be interesting to see what he does in a more relaxed setting. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

3. Antonioni's

177 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Last month, the owners of Cafe Gitane opened this stylish Italian restaurant on Chrystie Street. The space has a small bar, a handful of leather booths, lots of cozy two tops, and Gino-esque circus animal wallpaper throughout. The menu is a mix of hearty Italian-American favorites and lighter dishes like "Tuscan mussels," a beet and orange salad, and seared shrimp with cuttlefish and gremolata.[Photo: Daniel Krieger]
177 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002

4. Chez Jef

241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Mathieu Palombino recently closed his two-year-old restaurant The Bowery Diner, and reopened the space as a French bistro pop-up. The menu has French onion soup, pâté de campagne, steak frites, and crème brûlée. All of the dinner entrees are $22, many of the wine bottles are under $50, and the restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe for $35. Right now, this is one of the best deals in town. [Daniel Krieger]
241 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

5. Chicane

430 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
This sunny new Soho bistro serves food inspired by Monaco and the French Riviera. The menu from chef Andres Grundy includes tuna tartare, risotto with escargot, whole wheat ravioli stuffed with kale, lamb shoulder with baby vegetables, and tuna a la plancha. Entrees are priced between $19 to $30. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
430 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

6. Gato

324 Lafayette St., New York, NY
For his first new Manhattan restaurant in over eight years, Mr. Bobby Flay is serving a menu of rustic Mediterranean fare in a sprawling Noho space. Flay’s menu includes tapas-style shareable plates (three for $17), Greek-style dips, wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood dishes, and vegetables galore. [Krieger]
324 Lafayette St.
New York, NY

7. Navy

137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
At this new, nautically-themed Soho restaurant from the Smith & Mills team, former Paloma chef/restaurateur Camille Becerra is cooking light, bright seafood and vegetable dishes. In addition to raw bar items, the menu has gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, crispy sweet potatoes with pomegranate, and ocean trout en croûte. Don't miss the house-cured fish with caviar and homemade blini. [Krieger]
137 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

8. General Assembly

360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
General Assembly is the new European-influenced bistro from Michael and Alan Stillman's Fourth Wall Group. Chef Craig Koketsu's menu has crudités (so hot right now), raw seafood dishes, fried skate, roasted chicken, a fancy $19 burger, rabbit Wellington, and steak frites. The design titans at AvroKo created a space that's airy and comfortable. [Krieger]
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

9. Gallaghers Steakhouse

228 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Dean Poll recently spent millions of dollars revamping this classic Midtown steakhouse. Now it has an open kitchen, a raw bar, oak floorboards, and red leather booths. The good news is that the kitchen is firing on all cylinders, and the menu still includes many of the classic steaks and sides. And for the nostalgists out there, the horseshoe-shaped bar looks and feels just as it did before the revamp. [Daniel Krieger]
228 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

10. Narcissa

21 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
At this gorgeous new restaurant in The Standard East Village, John Fraser is serving an inspired version of California cuisine. The roasted beets, carrots Wellington, and lamb saddle are early standouts. The bar area in the back room is also an ideal place for cocktail sipping and snacking. [Daniel Krieger]
21 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003

11. All’onda

22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Chef Chris Jaeckle is cooking terrific pastas and seafood dishes at Jeffrey Chodorow's Italian newcomer. Industry legend Chris Cannon — who is working as a consultant at All'onda — has put together a wine list with a lot of affordable sparkling options. All'Onda is a great choice for date night, or a solo splurge at the bar. [Daniel Krieger]
22 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

12. The Clam

420 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
The Clam is the new West Village seafood restaurant from Market Table's chef/co-owner Mike Price. The menu features riffs on East Coast seafood house favorites, plus New American dishes that wouldn't be out of place at Market Table. Options include cherrystone clams stuffed with pancetta, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and peanuts, fried rice with seafood and pork belly, and spaghetti with clams. [Daniel Krieger]
420 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

13. Empire Diner

210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Head to Amanda Freitag's lively revamp of the Empire Diner for matzo ball soup with bone marrow, crispy Buffalo-style skate wings, Brussels sprouts slathered in chili jam, or a plump cheeseburger with a mountain of crispy fries. By all accounts, Ms. Freitag has a hit on her hands. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
210 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

14. Rosette

171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
At this cozy restaurant on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, Nick Curtin, formerly of Acme and Compose, is cooking rustic, market-driven New American fare. Order the clam chowder croquettes, the seared steak tartare, and anything that's cooked in the wood-fired oven. [Bess Adler]
171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

15. Ristorante Morini

1167 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028
Ristorante Morini is the long-in-the-works Italian fine dining restaurant from chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group. The menu from White and executive chef Gordon Finn (Alto) features regional specialties from all over Italy, including crudo, caviar, homemade pastas, lobster-filled calamari, Marsala-braised snails, and a pan-roasted veal chop. Pro Tip: Ristorante Morini offers a $39 two-course lunch option that includes many of the best dishes on the menu. [Daniel Krieger]
1167 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028

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