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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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Buddakan, Chelsea

New York's Buddakan outpost—offshoot of the Philadelphia original—is the biggest, splashiest, most visually stunning of the big-box restaurants that...more

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Burger Joint, Midtown West

Hidden behind a floor-to-ceiling curtain in the lobby of an anonymously upscale midtown hotel, this retro café won locals' hearts by serving nothing but...more

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Co., Chelsea

A pizza revolution has been brewing in New York, with Neapolitan-style thin-crust beauties edging out the classic street slice. Co., in north Chelsea, helped...more

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Corton, Tribeca

Tribeca restaurateur Drew Nieporent discovered chef David Bouley and helped put Nobu Matsuhisa on the New York food map. His latest show pony is wunderkind Paul...more

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Counter, East Village

Yes, vegetarian restaurants are cheap, but few of them are fun. That's not the case at Counter, an East Village café that bills itself as a Vegetarian...more

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Daniel, Upper East Side

Why go to Daniel? Because you owe it to yourself to experience the real thing at least once. French haute-cuisine restaurants are vanishing from New York, but...more

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DBGB, East Village

Daniel Boulud is best known for his haute cuisine palace, Daniel, on the Upper East Side, but the French chef pretty much invented the high-end burger when he...more

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Dim Sum Go Go, Chinatown

Chinatown's most playfully modern dim sum parlor offers the traditional Chinese brunch from morning till night. The red and white facade may scream fast-food...more

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Double Crown, East Village

As much of a draw for the scene as for the food, Double Crown is a restaurant homage to the British Empire in Asia and a sprawling follow-up to Public and...more

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Dovetail, Upper West Side

Beyond bagels and lox, the Upper West Side has long been one of New York's least exciting food neighborhoods. Though a few high-end restaurants have survived...more

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