Address: 130 NE 40th Street
The restaurant at the epicenter of the red-hot Design District is Michael Schwartz's informally chic indoor/outdoor hangout, priced to encourage repeat visits. There are no food pyrotechnicsjust perfect, ingredient-driven dishes, many straight from the wood-burning oven. Plates are sized from snacks to extra-large, which encourages sampling: Try the sweet-spicy pork belly with kimchi and pea shoots; the juicy heritage chicken with pine nuts, raisins, and arugula; or the grilled local swordfish with artichokes and saffron aioli. The addictive crisp-outside, soft-inside chili- and lime-spiked hominy are a must (entrées, $12$46).