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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 gorgeous, sprawling space. Flay’s menu includes tapas-style shareable plates (three for $17), Greek-style dips, wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood dishes, and vegetables galore. Important Note: The restaurant is currently in soft opening mode, so it does not have a set schedule and it sounds like guests are only being seated in the bar area. It’s best to call ahead if you plan on stopping by. A grand opening is slated for March 10.

2. 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]

3. 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 bright and airy.

4. 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]

5. Narcissa

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21 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-3344
At this sunny 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]

6. 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 stellar 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]

7. The Clam

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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]

8. 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]

9. Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown

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355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-2336
Bodega Negra is the new Latin-themed bar and restaurant from Tao Group, Serge Becker, Will Ricker, and Ed Spencer Churchill. Like the London original, the menu includes dishes from all across Mexico, including many specialties from the Yucatan region, plus a few non-traditional items. [Daniel Krieger]

10. Margaux

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5 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
At this pretty restaurant in the brand new Marlton hotel, chefs Michael Reardon and Jeremy Blutstein are serving a mix of American and Mediterranean cuisines. Margaux is the brainchild of Sean MacPherson, the restaurateur/hotelier behind the Waverly Inn, the Jane, and the Maritime Hotel among others. [Daniel Krieger]

11. 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]

12. Telepan Local

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329 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
Earlier this year, farm-to-table king Bill Telepan opened a Tribeca restaurant that has a chic dining room and a large front barroom. At Telepan Local, the chef is serving shareable small plates, like grilled cheese "pane con tomate," shrimp poppers, fluke crudo, grilled octopus with almonds, corned beef tongue, escargot with chickpeas, and lamb tartare with black olives and fennel. [Daniel Krieger]

13. 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. Save room for Bob Truitt's desserts. [Daniel Krieger]

14. Mission Cantina

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172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
Mission Cantina is the wildly popular new Lower East Side restaurant from chef Danny Bowien and the Mission Chinese crew. Bowien is offering his own unique take on Mexican cuisine here, with a menu that includes ceviches, tacos, and large plates to share. Make sure to get the alambres tacos, the queso, and the chicken for two. [Krieger]

15. Mountain Bird

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231 W 145th St
New York, NY 10039
Mountain Bird is the 19-seat Central Harlem restaurant from chef Kenichi Tajima and restaurateur Alexandra Morris. Tajima's eclectic menu focuses on poultry dishes, like cassoulet, chicken schnitzel, turkey goulash, and chicken wings with black truffle dressing. Most of the entrees are priced under $20. The early word indicates that Mountain Bird is serving excellent food at a great price. [Bess Adler]

1. 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 gorgeous, sprawling space. Flay’s menu includes tapas-style shareable plates (three for $17), Greek-style dips, wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood dishes, and vegetables galore. Important Note: The restaurant is currently in soft opening mode, so it does not have a set schedule and it sounds like guests are only being seated in the bar area. It’s best to call ahead if you plan on stopping by. A grand opening is slated for March 10.
324 Lafayette St.
New York, NY

2. 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

3. 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 bright and airy.
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

4. 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

5. Narcissa

21 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
At this sunny 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

6. 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 stellar 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown

355 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Bodega Negra is the new Latin-themed bar and restaurant from Tao Group, Serge Becker, Will Ricker, and Ed Spencer Churchill. Like the London original, the menu includes dishes from all across Mexico, including many specialties from the Yucatan region, plus a few non-traditional items. [Daniel Krieger]
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

10. Margaux

5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
At this pretty restaurant in the brand new Marlton hotel, chefs Michael Reardon and Jeremy Blutstein are serving a mix of American and Mediterranean cuisines. Margaux is the brainchild of Sean MacPherson, the restaurateur/hotelier behind the Waverly Inn, the Jane, and the Maritime Hotel among others. [Daniel Krieger]
5 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

11. 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

12. Telepan Local

329 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
Earlier this year, farm-to-table king Bill Telepan opened a Tribeca restaurant that has a chic dining room and a large front barroom. At Telepan Local, the chef is serving shareable small plates, like grilled cheese "pane con tomate," shrimp poppers, fluke crudo, grilled octopus with almonds, corned beef tongue, escargot with chickpeas, and lamb tartare with black olives and fennel. [Daniel Krieger]
329 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

13. 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. Save room for Bob Truitt's desserts. [Daniel Krieger]
1167 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028

14. Mission Cantina

172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
Mission Cantina is the wildly popular new Lower East Side restaurant from chef Danny Bowien and the Mission Chinese crew. Bowien is offering his own unique take on Mexican cuisine here, with a menu that includes ceviches, tacos, and large plates to share. Make sure to get the alambres tacos, the queso, and the chicken for two. [Krieger]
172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

15. Mountain Bird

231 W 145th St, New York, NY 10039
Mountain Bird is the 19-seat Central Harlem restaurant from chef Kenichi Tajima and restaurateur Alexandra Morris. Tajima's eclectic menu focuses on poultry dishes, like cassoulet, chicken schnitzel, turkey goulash, and chicken wings with black truffle dressing. Most of the entrees are priced under $20. The early word indicates that Mountain Bird is serving excellent food at a great price. [Bess Adler]
231 W 145th St
New York, NY 10039

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