Kin Shop, New York City
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Mario Batali skips across continents in pursuit of the perfect prosciutto, but this year the restaurant that most impressed him was close to home. "Harold Dieterle is cooking simply delicious Thai-inspired food that feels more Thai than a lot of 'authentic' places," says Batali. Most items on Kin Shop's menu are either interpretations of traditional dishes or wholly new creations that fuse Thai ingredients with Western cooking methods, but Dieterle masters the balance between spicy and sweet (entrées, $14-$27).
Must eat: The duck laab salad skates that thin line between insanely hot and divinely delicious.
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