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Sushi Azabu

A literal sushi den uncovered in the basement of Izakaya-focused Daruma-Ya, Sushi Azabu serves Edomae sushi only, honing in on one ingredient and one ingredient only. The nigiri reminded me only of the very best I’ve had in Japan. Sushi Azabu 428 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013; (212) 274-0428

Gramercy Tavern

For well over two decades, Gramercy Tavern continues to stand out in the densely-packed field of New American restaurants. One of Danny Meyer’s gems in the Union Square Hospitality crown, the opening chef was a guy named Colicchio, and has seen a progression of talented chefs at the helm ever since. Service is almost telekinetic, … Continued

Miss Korea BBQ

From their 48-hour marinated kalbi to their pitch-perfect bibimbap and bulgogi, the BBQ at Miss Korea is among the best along 32nd Street. Try to eat upstairs for a more intimate experience. Miss Korea BBQ 10 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001; (212) 736-3232

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

Twisting the tradition of Texas barbeque with Carolina-style, native Houstonian Hugh Mangum chooses ingredients with care to create a style worth trying at any one of his six locations in the city and New Jersey. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque 103 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003; (212) 677-3733

NoMad Restaurant

From Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the dining room and bar inside The NoMad Hotel emanates casual elegance. They renovated their bar, which is even more magnificent than before. Highly recommend stopping here for a drink, even if you’re not doing dinner. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001; (347) 472-5660


With excellent wood-fired pizzas and even Italian baked goods (the latter available daily through their takeout window), Roberta’s quickly became a new poster child for the gems hidden inside the unassuming concrete buildings of Bushwick. If you didn’t want to schlep all the way out there, they now have a small pizza kiosk inside the … Continued

Russ & Daughters

As iconic as they come, Russ & Daughters has exemplified the simple beauty of the New York “appetizing store” since 1914, where the emphasis is on seafood. While the experience here is essential, a visit to the sit-down cafe down the street, opened in 2014, offers smoked fish platters at the bar. I make a … Continued

Uncle Boons

Behind the unassuming name lies an oasis of fiery, funky and bold Thai flavors, curated and executed by two former Per Se cooks, husband Matt Danzer and wife Ann Redding, the latter of whom was raised in northeastern Thailand. The restaurant picked up a Michelin star in 2015. Uncle Boons 7 Spring St., New York, … Continued

Mile End Deli

A Jewish deli with Montreal roots (that means smoked brisket, denser, slightly sweeter bagels and excellent smoked fish), Noah and Rae Bernamoff opened Mile End Deli with their close friend Max Levine, and now have two locations. They’ve also opened Black Seed Bagels, one of my favorites as well. Mile End Deli 97A Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, … Continued

Xi’an Famous Foods

It’s a little hard to find the one in Flushing, Queens, but now there are six locations in Manhattan, two in Queens and one in Brooklyn, making it infinitely much easier to track down the addictive lamb-and-cumin buns and jagged noodles that made this Northern Chinese joint such a darling with the Bourdain-and-Zimmern set. Xi’an … Continued