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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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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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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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Sripraphai

Price guide: Mid-range
#21/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The city's best Thai restaurant.

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Aurora

Price guide: Mid-range
#23/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

One of the best eateries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Pearl Oyster Bar

Price guide: Mid-range
#28/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A small seafood gem with mouthwatering lobster rolls.

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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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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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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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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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Toloache Taqueria

Price guide: Budget
#45/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

An inexpensive but great taqueria in the Financial District.

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Doma

Price guide: Mid-range
#48/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Celebs and locals love this West Village coffee shop and wine bar.

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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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Motorino

Price guide: Mid-range
#52/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Considered by some to be the best pizzeria in the city.

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Pastis

Price guide: Expensive
#54/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

This iconic Meatpacking District bistro is still going strong.

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Vesta

Price guide: Mid-range
#55/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A cozy wine bar and Italian eatery in restaurant-crazy Astoria.

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Dirty Pierre's

Price guide: Budget
#58/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

This Forest Hills landmark draws the crowds for its burgers.

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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.