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Eating at the trendiest, most popular restaurant in the city is a must (oh hey, Mission Chinese). But every once in a while, you’ve gotta go under the radar and have incredible sushi and sake in the basement of an unmarked office building. Trust us. Here are eight super-secret restaurants in NYC you never knew existed.

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Kurumazushi Restaurant

Duck into a nondescript office building in Midtown, go up to the second floor and you’ll be whisked into a sushi wonderland with an incredible (but pricey) omakase menu. Oh, and don’t forget to try the king crab.

7 E. 47th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-317-2802 or kurumazushi.com

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Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel

Burger Joint (at Le Parker Meridien Hotel)

Peek behind the curtain in the atrium lobby of Le Parker Meridien…and an awesome rock-and-roll burger spot is waiting for you. Because the best place to eat a greasy double cheeseburger is in a four-star hotel.

119 W. 56th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-708-7414 or parkermeridien.com/eat/burger-joint

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Dinnertable

Ever heard of a “reverse speakeasy”? This intimate, homey restaurant is hidden inside the East Village bar the Garret East. The potato-and-pecorino dumplings are what dreams are made of.

206 Ave. A (at 13th St.); dinnertable.nyc

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Pulqueria

Pulqueria

Walk down a hidden flight of stairs in Chinatown and you’ll wind up in Pulqueria, a Spanish joint with some damn tasty tacos. We’ll take ours with a side of cactus salsa, please.

11 Doyers St. (at Pell St.); 212-227-3099 or pulquerianyc.com

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El Sabroso

Step inside an industrial loading dock in Midtown and you’ll find a no-frills lunch counter serving up Latin American treats, like stewed chicken and steak with buttery onions. Then find a bench to take a nap on.

265 W. 37th St. (at Eighth Ave.); 212-284-1118

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Bohemian

This Noho Japanese joint doesn’t have a public phone number and includes no information about the restaurant on its website, but word of mouth has made it a popular destination. It’s hidden inside a studio that once belonged to Andy Warhol, so that alone is worth the visit. And then, of course, there’s the amazing food…

57 Great Jones St. (at Bowery); playearth.jp

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Sakagura

Go down to the basement of a Midtown office building and you’ll enter a top-notch Japanese spot, featuring some of the best sake in the city. Try the lunch tasting course to sample a little of everything.

211 E. 43rd St. (at Third Ave.); 212-953-7253 or sakagura.com

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Karasu

Walter’s has a secret: Go to the back of the Brooklyn brunch spot and through the door, and you’ll enter another dimension. Karasu serves up mostly Japanese fare but also features non-traditional dishes like tagliatelle with lobster and smoky butter.

166 Dekalb Ave. (at Cumberland St.); 347-223-4811 or karasubk.com

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