Must see restaurants in New York City

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    Chelsea Market

    In a shining example of redevelopment and renaissance, Chelsea Market has taken a 19th-century Nabisco cookie factory and turned it into an 800ft-long…

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    Smorgasburg

    The largest foodie event in Brooklyn (perhaps the US) brings together more than 100 vendors selling an incredible array of goodness. Seize stuffed…

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    Le Bernardin

    The interiors may have been subtly sexed-up for a 'younger clientele' (the stunning storm-themed triptych is by Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner), but triple…

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    Eleven Madison Park

    Eleven Madison Park consistently bags a spot on top restaurant lists. Frankly, we’re not surprised: this revamped poster child of modern, sustainable…

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    O Ya

    With the cheapest nigiri pairs at close to $15, this is not a spot you'll come to every day. But if you're looking for a special night out and sushi's in…

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    Ample Hills Creamery

    There is only one Queens location of this storied Brooklyn-born creamery, which has been voted the best ice cream in the US by the Food Network. They…

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    Totto Ramen

    There might be two other Midtown branches but purists know that neither beats the tiny 20-seat original. Write your name and party size on the clipboard…

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    Modern

    Shining two (Michelin) stars bright, the Modern delivers rich, confident creations like foie-gras tart and 'ants on a log' peanut-butter cake. Service is…

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    Chefs Club

    In a building used in part for the show Will & Grace, Chefs Club sounds more like a discount warehouse than the spectacular dining spot it really is:…

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    Maialino

    Fans reserve tables up to four weeks in advance at this Danny Meyer classic, but the best seats in the house are at the walk-in bar, with sociable,…

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    Locanda Verde

    Curbside at the Greenwich Hotel is this Italian fine diner by Andrew Carmellini, where velvet curtains part onto a scene of loosened button-downs, black…

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    Finch

    This quiet, residential brownstone block seems an unlikely setting for a Michelin-starred restaurant, but the Finch is the real deal, serving modern…

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    Wayan

    In his first solo venture, chef Cédric Vongerichten – son of restaurant royalty, Jean-Georges – wields the flavors of Bali with a French flair at Wayan,…

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    Ivan Ramen

    After creating two thriving ramen spots in Tokyo, Long Islander Ivan Orkin brought his talents back home. Few can agree about NYC's best ramen, but this…

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    Casa Enrique

    Don't let the unassuming facade fool you: Cosme Aguilar, Enrique's Chiapas-born chef-patron, is classically trained, winning a Michelin star – Queens only…

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    Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs

    The rustic interior of this 1810 Tribeca town house – antique wallpaper, salvaged wood paneling, original tin ceilings, pressed copper and marble bar tops…

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    Momofuku Noodle Bar

    With just a handful of tables and a no-reservations policy, this bustling phenomenon may require you to wait. But you won't regret it: spicy short-rib…

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    RedFarm

    Experience Chinese cooking as unique, delectable artistry in this small, buzzing space. Diced tuna and eggplant bruschetta, crispy-skin smoked chicken…

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    Lakruwana

    You'll know when you've arrived at Lakruwana, one of half a dozen Sri Lankan restaurants on Staten Island. The jaw-dropping bronze doors mark the entrance…

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    Ample Hills Creamery

    Taking its name from Walt Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,' Ample Hills makes superb ice cream from organic ingredients. Each Ample Hills outlet has…