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We love eggnog and latkes as much as the next gal, but we have to say we’re more than ready to get back to our old friends pizza and tacos. And it just so happens that there’s a fresh crop of new restaurants waiting to satisfy our appetite. 

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Aliza Eliazarov

Loring Place

After serving as executive chef of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, Dan Kluger finally gets a place of his own. No surprise: The man is an absolute genius with vegetables. (Also: crab pizza.)

21 W. Eighth St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves., Brooklyn); 212-388-1831 or loringplacenyc.com

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Lady’s

Lady’s

You can’t have a name like Lady’s and not be classy AF, and this downtown Brooklyn joint delivers on all counts. Consider it your new date-night spot for pizza, pasta and top-notch cocktails.

572 Fulton St. (at Rockwell Pl.); 929-307-2822 or ladysnyc.com

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Brent Herri

Boucherie

Finally, the French steakhouse we’ve been waiting for. Not only does the spot offer prime dry-aged cuts and wines to match; it boasts a massive 320-seat dining room. We foresee many winter gatherings over steak frites in our future.

99 Seventh Ave. S. (at Grove St.); 212-837-1616 or boucherienyc.com

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Tim Ho Wan

The Hong Kong dim sum import—aka the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred spot—opened its NYC outpost just before the holidays. If you can withstand the multiple-hour waits, you’ll be rewarded with BBQ pork buns and pan-fried turnip cakes. 

85 Fourth Ave. (at 11th St.); 212-228-2800 or timhowanusa.com

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Sauce & Barrel/Facebook

Sauce & Barrel

We’d be excited about a new pizzeria no matter what, but these innovative New Haven-style pies are especially enticing, like this beauty topped with candied tangerine, Gorgonzola and chile flakes. 

97 Washington St. (at Rector St.); 212-480-6800 or sauceandbarrel.com

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La Esquina

La Esquina Midtown West

Yesss, the hot-spot taqueria finally opened a midtown outpost. After-work carnitas and margaritas, anyone? 

200 W. 55th St. (between Seventh and Eighth aves.); 646-707-3950 or esquinanyc.com

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Tavo

Tavo

Global influences collide at this creative West Village spot, in dishes like coconut lemongrass ceviche, avocado-wasabi smash and pulled pork “Cuban lasagna.” 

615 Hudson St. (at Jane St.); 212-675-6454 tavonyc.com

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Eatsa

Eatsa

If you’re wondering what the future looks like, look no further. Pick one of the healthy quinoa bowls, order on an iPad, then wait a few minutes and watch it appear in a designated cubby with your name on it. We don’t know how it works, but we feel like there are robots involved.

285 Madison Ave.; 347-263-9116 or eatsa.com

 

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Liz Clayman

Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish

The bagel and appetizing shop opens its third location, and along with the hand-rolled bagels and smoked fish you know and love, you’ll find egg sandwiches (like the Reuben-esque “Delancey”) and La Colombe coffee on draft. 

273 Columbus Ave. (at 73rd St.); 212-874-2800 or zuckersbagels.com

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Allora

Allora Ristorante

We pride ourselves on having tried every kind of pasta imaginable, but even we hadn’t heard of single-strand pasta—which is exactly what it sounds like—until this Northern Italian spot opened. You learn (and eat) something new every day, right?

145 E. 47th St. (between Lexington and Third aves.); 212-754-9800 or alloranyc.com

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