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Per Se

Price guide: Expensive
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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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Le Bernardin

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

The best seafood restaurant in New York City, bar none.

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Corton

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

A destination restaurant that’s one of New York’s best culinary arrivals in years.

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ilili

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

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare near Madison Square Park.

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Osteria Morini

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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Pylos

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

One of the best Greek restaurants outside of Astoria, Queens.

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Sripraphai

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The city's best Thai restaurant.

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Northern Spy Food Co.

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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La Sirene

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The city's best BYOB bistro.

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Gramercy Tavern

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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Dell'anima

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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Zengo

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Chef Richard Sandoval's latest foray in Latin-inspired cuisine.

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Balthazar

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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Convivio

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

An underrated Italian gem in a little visited neighborhood.

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Smith and Mills

Price guide: Mid-range
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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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Bar Henry

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

A stylish bar and bistro located in one of the last legal cellars in Manhattan.

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Bar Boulud

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Concentrate on the excellent wine list and perfect charcuterie before hitting Lincoln Center.

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Peter Luger

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

If you love steak you must go here.

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Matsugen

Price guide: Mid-range
#79/80
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Expert overall rating:3.0 (out of 5)

World famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten turns his attention to Japanese cuisine.

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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.