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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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Yerba Buena Perry, West Village

In restaurants, second acts are generally no match for the original. But Yerba Buena Perry in the West Village, younger sibling of the Lower East Side version,...more

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Tulsi, Midtown East

Under head chef Hemant Mathur, Devi became the first Indian spot in New York City to earn a Michelin star, in 2007. But the restaurant still struggled, and in...more

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Tartine, West Village

On a pretty, tree-lined stretch of the West Village, this cafe is loved as much for its B.Y.O.B. policy as its easy-on-the-wallet Americanized French bistro...more

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Takashi, West Village

A quirky addition to the newly resurgent West Village restaurant scene, Takashi serves a peculiar hybrid: Korean barbecue filtered through a Japanese lens....more

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Szechuan Gourmet, Midtown West

New Yorkers love their Szechuan, and Szechuan Gourmet's midtown branch (an offshoot of a hole-in-the-wall in Queens) may be the most constantly packed of the...more

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Sushi Yasuda, Midtown East

Sushi Yasuda is one of New York's top destinations for raw fish as unadulterated edible art. Floors, walls, and ceilings of blond bamboo planks make up this Zen...more

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The Standard Grill, West Village

Searching for solid cooking in the Meatpacking District is like expecting honesty from a politician: Instead of aiming high, most restaurants here pander to the...more

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Spotted Pig, West Village

When chef April Bloomfield (an alum of London's River Café) opened this happening West Village boîte in 2004 with Mario Batali as a backer, New...more

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Shake Shack, Gramercy

So beloved is Danny Meyer's pedestrian-powered New York version of a '50s drive-in that its website displays live feeds from a Shack-cam that lets you track the...more

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Scarpetta, West Village

Scarpetta is an unusual addition to Manhattan's Meatpacking District, home to too many overhyped, overdone, overrun velvet rope restaurants. At this inviting...more

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