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It’s been a tumultuous year—and we’re just talking about food. Yes, we had to say goodbye to some beloved eateries, but on the upside, we had some pretty mind-blowing meals. Here’s to many more in 2017.
We’re obsessed with Emily pizza, and we’re just as smitten with its square, crispy-edged, Detroit-style sibling.
364 Grand St. (at Marcy Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-360-4535 or pizzalovesemily.com
A new-school spot that does right by its forebears, Barney Greengrass and Russ & Daughters. Mmmm, lox and nova...
631 Manhattan Ave. (at Nassau Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-389-2302 or frankelsdelicatessen.com
Otherwise known as the life-changing magic of impeccable pasta (and cacio e pepe fritters).
567 Union Ave. (at N. Tenth St.), Brooklyn; 718-576-3095 or lilianewyork.com
The sophomore effort from the Charlie Bird crew is so good at everything—pizza, wine, you name it—it’s almost unfair.
187 Mulberry St. (at Kenmare St.); pasqualejones.com
Gorgeous seasonal eats, an inviting backyard and convivial vibes combine to make the perfect neighborhood spot.
659 Vanderbilt Ave. (between Prospect and Park pls.), Brooklyn; 718-552-2610 or olmstednyc.com
This charming Soho bistro, opened by three women with serious London restaurant cred, focuses on the rustic, hearty fare of southern France and Italy.
18 King St. (at Sixth Ave.); 917-825-1618 or kingrestaurant.nyc
We wouldn’t blame you for making a meal out of Nix’s incredible dips and tandoor bread, but don’t stop there—the rest of the menu is equally swoon-worthy.
72 University Pl. (at E. 11th St.); 212-498-9393 or nixny.com
This reverse speakeasy—a tiny hidden restaurant that’s tucked away behind a cocktail bar—is made for date night. Don’t miss the pork belly and clams or the miso sausage.
206 Ave. A (at 13th St.); dinnertable.nyc
Yep, we’re including a bakery on this list, because it’s just. That. Good. Whether it’s house-made marshmallows or cream-filled choux, you can’t go wrong.
28 Greenwich Ave. (at Tenth St.); 212-498-9810 or mahzedahrbakery.com
Upper East Siders, meet your new healthy breakfast/lunch/anytime spot. The Cali-inspired menu includes this absurdly pretty beet-tahini toast with blackberries and purple basil.
1429 Third Ave. (at 81st St.); 212-988-4700 or blakelanenyc.com
The latest endeavor from pasta wizard Andrew Carmellini is a bright, wood-paneled dining room that serves sea-urchin spaghetti and wood-fired pizza.
111 N. 12th St. (between Wythe Ave. and Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-581-5900 or leuca.com
Find cozy vibes and elevated eats—from a former chef at Daniel and Locanda Verde—like grilled octopus with black mission fig and roasted spaghetti squash.
385 Greenwich St. (at N. Moore St.); 212-431-3385 or yves-nyc.com
It's been dubbed an “inauthentic Italian” restaurant. Which translates to bacon-clam pizza and, during brunch, polenta pancakes with brown-butter syrup.
11 E. 31st St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-806-7000 or massoninyc.com
A plate of sizzling teppanyaki is just what we need to get through the next cold spell.
210 Fifth Ave. (at 26th St.); 212-920-6233 or wagamama.us
The L.A. sushi spot with a cult following is finally in NYC. We’ll take a $39 omakase any night of the week, thank you very much.
33 E. 20th St. (between Broadway and Park Ave.); 347-705-8100 or sugarfishsushi.com
Seafood is the focus at this family-style Thai spot, and we can’t wait to dive into the coconut-crab curry. Warning: They don’t mess around with spice.
55 Bond St. (between Lafayette St. and Bowery); 212-677-2223 or fishcheeksnyc.com
A beloved, bygone NYC spot rises again from the folks behind Sushi Nakazawa. We've always wanted to nosh on beef tartare and chipotle hamachi crudo in a 1920s literary salon.
86 Bedford St. (at Barrow St.); chumleysnewyork.com
We love a good neighborhood coffee shop. Especially when it has sticky buns and breakfast empanadas made by a Michelin-starred pastry chef.
95 S. Fifth St. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-489-8785 or butler-nyc.com
Caribbean-inspired eats like smoked short ribs? Check. Gorgeous patio that we fully intend on using six months from now? Check.
195 Wyckoff Ave. (at Harman Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-425-0888 or sallyroots.com
This luxe Japanese spot specializes in omakase kappo, a seasonally driven chef’s tasting menu featuring dishes like purple uni with ikura and Miyazaki beef (a type of Wagyu) with seaweed salt.
14 Christopher St. (at Gay St.); 212-367-2067 or akashi.nyc
Colder weather brings out the carnivore in us, so bring us a filet mignon and one of those signature glazed carrots, stat.
19 E. 52nd St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-754-5011 or bobs-steakandchop.com
The pies at this Bushwick newcomer have a secret. (The crust is made with sourdough, shhhh.)
346 Himrod St. (at Wyckoff Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-386-4009 or opsbk.com
Start your day with brioche pudding French toast and billionaire’s bacon in a gorgeous, gilded space.
455 Madison Ave. (between 50th and 51st sts.); 212-888-7000 or lottenypalace.com
Come Sunday morning, we'll be diving headfirst into buttermilk fried chicken, hush puppies and sweet-potato pie.
712 Ninth Ave. (between 48th and 49th sts.); 212-757-5888 or zorascafe.com
When a chef who worked at one of the world’s 50 best restaurants (New Delhi’s Bukhara) opens a new spot, you get yourself there ASAP.
489 Columbus Ave. (between 83rd and 84th sts.); 212-875-1400 or lalasahabny.com
We'll take the harissa-rubbed kale salad and the four-cheese mac. (They’re both healthy if you eat them together, right?)
40 E. 33rd St. (between Madison and Park aves.); 646-230-700 or spoonnyc.com
The sad news: 2 Duck Goose in Gowanus has closed. The amazing news: A new Asian restaurant by the same owners has opened in its place.
400 Fourth Ave. (at Sixth St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-3830 or heyheycanteen.com
Get your veggie carpaccio fix at this new Greenpoint joint just down the street from McCarren Park. If you eat your veggies, you can have ricotta dumplings, too.
905 Lorimer St. (at Nassau Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-486-6816 or sauvageny.com
Get them baked, broiled, steamed, fried, pickled, poached or raw at this tiny East Village spot.
413 E. 12th St. (at First Ave.); zadiesoysterroom.com
This ode to old-school Gowanus features seasonal small plates like charred cauliflower with romesco and mojama. And you know how we feel about cauliflower.
285 Nevins St. (at Sackett St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-3000 or freeksmill.com
Wood-fired pizza and a whole section of the menu dedicated to housemade mozzarella? We might be in love.
26 Broadway (between Kent and Wythe aves.), Brooklyn; 347-987-4500 or baranobk.com
One of the best things about Korean food is the banchan, so we're thrilled that this stylish spot makes those snackable small plates the main event.
43 E. 28th St. (between Madison and Park aves.); 646-476-7217 or atoboynyc.com
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