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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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Jean Georges, Midtown West

Open since 1997, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's signature restaurant on Columbus Circle remains one of the world's greatest, despite the fact that the jet-setting...more

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Jewel Bako, East Village

Gorgeous sushi, superb sake, and impeccable service keep drawing diners to this pricey-but-worth-it bamboo-lined tunnel. It's owned by entrepreneurial cute...more

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John Dory Oyster Bar, Midtown West

April Bloomfield has a strict no-condiments policy when it comes to burgers. In fact, she's quite specific about many things, from the dress code for her...more

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Joseph Leonard, West Village

From Times Square to Wall Street bonuses (again), it's easy to get the impression that in New York, bigger is inescapably better. But I've always believed that...more

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Katz's Delicatessen, Lower East Side

Sure, it's tacky, noisy, and rushed. Sure, the Formica is worn, the service gruff, and the sandwiches way too big. But New York wouldn't be New York without...more

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Kin Shop, West Village

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...more

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La Esquina, Soho

La Esquina is not a single restaurant but an entire Mexican food complex anchored by a grungy corner taqueria serving fine dirt-cheap soft tacos (grilled pork...more

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Le Bernardin, Midtown West

How do you stay on top for more than ten years? Ask Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert, a technician with the heart of an artist. Months after Gilbert Le Coze opened...more

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Locanda Verde, Tribeca

The Greenwich Hotel, Robert De Niro's first starring role as a hotelier, has been a smash hit, but the restaurant, Ago, was an immediate flop. The actor wisely...more

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Masa, Midtown West

Masa Takayama sold Ginza Sushiko, his Beverly Hills restaurant, to open this austere space. The tasting menu costs $400 before you take a sip of sake, but for...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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