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New York City restaurants

With the recession hitting the New York restaurant scene hard, the city's top toques and food impresarios have lately been scaling way back, launching modest bistros and casual brasseries. New fine-dining hot spots like Corton have adjusted their prices for the economic realities, and extravagant haute-cuisine destinations like Jean-Georges have begun offering prix fixe bargains, helping to transform the city into a far more democratic place to dine out. While a reservation at Nobu or Thomas Keller's Per Se is only slightly easier to score these days, the real stars of the New York food scene—the places that are still packed every night—are the casual drop-ins offering great value meals (Fatty Crab, Momofuku, Double Crown). We distilled the city's 18,000-plus restaurant options into this cheat sheet to dining out, an opinionated guide to everything from the best splurge-worthy classic to the finest dirt-cheap burger in Midtown.

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Dumpling House, Chinatown

Hardly a restaurant, this sliver of space in the part of Chinatown that bleeds into the Lower East Side makes and sells fabulous dumplings. These little parcels...more

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Eataly, Gramercy

This 42,500-square-foot food and drink complex—part grocery store, part high-end food court—is an Italophile's fever dream. Inspired by the original...more

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El Quinto Pino, Chelsea

El Quinto Pino may be New York's most authentic tapas bar, as frenetic and cramped as the best spots in Madrid. An offshoot of the larger Tía Pol, this...more

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Emporio, NoLita

I hate the menu at the sort-of-Roman downtown restaurant called Emporio—hate it because choosing just a few things from it is all but impossible. Whipped...more

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Esca, Midtown West

You might not expect an austere-looking fish place near the Port Authority Bus Terminal to be a hot table for six years running, but Esca—the name means...more

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Fatty Crab, West Village

Before building a cult following in New York, Chef Zak Pelaccio lived for a time in Malaysia. The country's street food, served up at this casual West Village...more

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Gotham Bar and Grill, East Village

After more than 20 years, Greenwich Village institution Gotham Bar and Grill still feels like New York's most expertly run bustling restaurant. A destination...more

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Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy

Before Tom Colicchio hosted Top Chef, he was cooking bold and creative New American food at Gramercy Tavern, the place that took the starch out of New York fine...more

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Great New York Noodletown, Chinatown

Everyone knows the real deals are in Chinatown, from fake designer bags to restaurants like this fluorescent-lit feeding pit that's crowded till the 3 a.m....more

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Inoteca, Lower East Side

First there was 'ino, a tiny, charming West Village panini bar (21 Bedford St.; 212-989-5769; www.cafeino.com). Then there was 'inoteca, a newer, larger,...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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