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Charlie Bird
Get ready for unadulterated Charlie Bird obsession.

You follow the food blogs. You hear the cool-kid hype. But there?s no greater restaurant recommendation than that of a friend. (That?d be us.) So we wanted to round up a few of our current favorites for you.

To the OpenTables!

Charlie Bird Good food, great decor and an even better playlist--basically our dream dinner party in a restaurant. Go for the ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms; stay for the ?90s hip-hop. A vaguely Italian spot has never been so damn hip. 5 King St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-235-7133 or

Khe-Yo Of all the global fare we have in NYC, how is it that we?re only now getting our first Laotian joint? Get ready to dig your hands (literally) in some sticky rice and follow it up with lemongrass spare ribs. 157 Duane St. (at W. Broadway); 212-587-1089 or

Todd?s Mill You love Landmark Sunshine but cringe at the thought of the Meatball Shop?s wait list. After your flick, hit up this low-key Americana spot from the No. 7 guys instead. It?s been open several months now, but we stumbled upon it only recently. And holy razor-clam dip, are we glad we did. 162 Orchard St. (at Stanton St.); 212-995-0300 or

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