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Per Se

Price guide: Expensive
#1/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Best for Gourmets -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Celebrity Napa Valley chef Thomas Keller has brought his gourmet touch to NYC.

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Recette

Price guide: Mid-range
#3/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

One of the best and most affordable brunch places in the West Village.

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Joseph Leonard

Price guide: Mid-range
#5/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A new West Village hotspot that's got some of the best food in town.

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Cookshop

Price guide: Expensive
#6/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

This west Chelsea eatery gets rave reviews for using sustainable ingredients innovatively.

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The Standard Grill

Price guide: Mid-range
#16/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

In a neighborhood known for its scene, this restaurant is about the food.

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Blossom

Price guide: Mid-range
#18/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Kosher and vegan delights are highlights on this Chelsea restaurant's menu.

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Babycakes

Price guide: Budget
#19/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The best gluten-free bakery in New York City, if not the country.

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Northern Spy Food Co.

Price guide: Mid-range
#22/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

One of the best locavore havens in the entire city.

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Gramercy Tavern

Price guide: Mid-range
#27/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A gourmet mainstay with a great tasting menu.

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Prune

Price guide: Mid-range
#30/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

An eccentric American restaurant that’s got a devoted following.

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Henry Public

Price guide: Mid-range
#34/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A Brooklyn newcomer which epitomizes the borough’s charms.

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Little Owl

Price guide: Mid-range
#35/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A wonderful neighborhood spot with exceptional food.

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DBGB Kitchen & Bar

Price guide: Mid-range
#37/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A sausage and burger joint that’s perfect for a boys’ night out.

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The Spotted Pig

Price guide: Mid-range
#39/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A wonderful Gastro pub with excellent food and potent cocktails.

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Bubby's

Price guide: Mid-range
#41/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A TriBeCa institution that serves hearty American fare.

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Mama's Food Shop

Price guide: Budget
#42/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Best for Dining alone -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Home cooking in the East Village since 1995.

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BLT Burger

Price guide: Mid-range
#43/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A great burger joint from the BLT Restaurant Group.

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#44/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A budget-minded burger joint and bar in the East Village.

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Smith and Mills

Price guide: Mid-range
#53/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

A sexy cocktail lounge with a small but delicious menu.

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The Breslin

Price guide: Mid-range
#56/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Housed in the buzzy Ace Hotel, this super trendy restaurant has the food to match.

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There are few better cities for great eating than New York. And this foodie expert is particularly inspired by the amount of choice here, spanning from old fashioned-style American classics to a plethora of ethnic choices.

The price point between the high end spots and hole-in-the-wall gems is striking and the best culinary itineraries span both types of joints. A stellar eating day might include a six buck soup dumpling lunch at Joe’s Shanghai and a US$26 Minetta Tavern burger with a dry Martini come the evening. The recession may have brought about a significant amount of closures but it is arguably a good thing - the new arrivals strive to offer unique cooking with good value and wonderful atmospheres and have succeeded admirably. But don’t be surprised if even at places with reasonable main course starting prices you spend significantly more if you add an appetizer, dessert and more expensive entrée into the equation (about US$50-$100 a head).

A new trend is the spate of no-reservation restaurants; the best strategy is to arrive early or late or just take residence at the bar for one of the New York cocktails while enjoying the people watching. Also don’t miss brunch when in town, this breakfast into lunch option combines tasty savory and sweet choices washed down with Bloody Marys or Mimosas. The hardest thing about eating in New York? Deciding where to go.

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As far as I am concerned New York is one of the world's best cities to eat, for both the diversity of the cuisine and the quality of the dishes and ingredients. I have picked restaurants that speak to both of those points, with a good selection of ethnic places (the Japanese food here is particularly excellent) and small neighborhood spots that focus on local and sustainable dishes that are absolutely delicious. Though there are restaurants all around town, my favorite spots tend to be below 14th Street where the one-of-a-kind, neighborhood eateries set up shop. I am a huge foodie so consider this my personal cheat sheet.