• Chefs Club Visiting chefs from around the globe showcase outstanding recipes.
  • Battersby Farm-to-table brilliance on Brooklyn’s restaurant-lined Smith St.
  • Gramercy Tavern Prime produce, culinary finesse and the choice of bustling tavern or fine-dining den.
  • RedFarm Savvy Sino-fusion dishes boast bold flavors, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Foragers Table A triumph of farm-to-table cooking with flavorful sustainable recipes in Chelsea.

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  • Chelsea Market Foods from around the world served up in a sprawling converted factory.
  • Taïm Outstanding falafel sandwiches at downtown locations.
  • Berg’n Foodie market with craft brews in Crown Heights.
  • Mamoun's Famous, spicy shawarma sandwiches at rock-bottom prices.
  • Golden Shopping Mall All things Asian and edible in Queens.

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  • Upstate A seafood feast awaits in the East Village.
  • Babu Ji A celebration of Indian street food in a cheeky dining room near Union Square.

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By Cuisine: Asian

  • Uncle Boons Zesty, Michelin-starred Thai with a generous serve of fun in Nolita.
  • Zenkichi Candlelit culinary temple of exquisite sushi in Williamsburg.
  • Lan Larb Real-deal northeastern Thai in a cheap, cheery hole-in-the-wall on the edge of Chinatown.

By Cuisine: Italian

  • Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria Be transported to the old country in this Nolita standout.
  • Rosemary’s A beautifully designed West Village spot with memorable cooking.
  • Roman’s Changing seasonal menu of Italian invention in Fort Greene.
  • Barbuto Serves creative modern Italian fare in a buzzing space in the Meatpacking District.

By Cuisine: Vegetarian

  • Nix Serving some of the best cruelty-free dishes in the city.
  • Butcher’s Daughter Inventive vegetarian menu in Nolita.
  • Hangawi Meat- (and shoe) free Korean restaurant in Koreatown.
  • Modern Love Comfort-food classics in East Williamsburg with outstanding vegan plates.
  • Two Boots Pizza Get your pizza fix with vegan and gluten-free options.


  • Estela Brilliant seasonal plates in a buzzing Nolita wine bar.
  • Rabbithole Excellent brunch plates served daily till 5pm at this Williamsburg gem.
  • Cookshop Great indoor-outdoor dining spot in west Chelsea.
  • Cafe Mogador An icon of the East Village brunch scene.
  • Café Cluny Atmospheric West Village spot that's just right for brunch, no matter the day.
  • ViceVersa Elegant Italian and first-rate brunch spot in the shadow of the Theater District.

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Old-School NYC

  • Barney Greengrass Perfect plates of smoked salmon and sturgeon for over 100 years in the Upper West Side.
  • Russ & Daughters A celebrated Jewish deli in the Lower East Side.
  • Zabar’s Upper West Side store selling gourmet, kosher foods since the 1930s.
  • Margon Unfussy, unchanged Cuban lunch counter in Midtown.
  • Di Fara Pizza First-rate pies served in a well-loved joint that's been around since the 1960s.

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