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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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Blue Ribbon Sushi

Price guide: Expensive
#7/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Melt in your mouth Japanese food with a sexy atmosphere.

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Osteria Morini

Price guide: Mid-range
#11/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

The cuisine of Emilia-Romagna finally gets its due in New York City.

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Locanda Verde

Price guide: Mid-range
#12/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Buzzy new Italian restaurant in the Greenwich Hotel.

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Minetta Tavern

Price guide: Expensive
#15/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

One of New York’s latest hotspots for great food.

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Casa Mono

Price guide: Mid-range
#17/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A not to be missed tapas spot with an excellent wine list.

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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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Dell'anima

Price guide: Mid-range
#29/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A celeb hotspot serving contemporary Italian cuisine.

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Maialino NYC

Price guide: Mid-range
#38/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

One of New York’s current hotspots with great trattoria fare.

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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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Balthazar

Price guide: Mid-range
#50/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

You can’t come to New York without a meal at this plucked-out-of-Paris brasserie.

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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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La Esquina

Price guide: Mid-range
#65/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A trendy Mexican restaurant with delicious tacos and strong margaritas.

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Freemans

Price guide: Mid-range
#78/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:3.0 (out of 5)

This hip hangout epitomizes the Lower East Side food scene.

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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.