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Bamiyan

Price guide: Mid-range
#26/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

An Afghan gem in the heart of Curry Hill.

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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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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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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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Ofrenda

Price guide: Mid-range
#20/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

An authentic Mexican eatery in a busy stretch of the West Village.

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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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Viand Coffee Shop

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

A classic New York diner with no frills.

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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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Fish

Price guide: Mid-range
#62/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Market fresh seafood? Say yes to Fish.

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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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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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Pylos

Price guide: Mid-range
#13/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

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

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Corton

Price guide: Expensive
#8/80
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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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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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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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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#44/80
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

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

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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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Plein Sud

Price guide: Mid-range
#14/80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A southern French restaurant at the Smyth hotel in TriBeCa.

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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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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.