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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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The Monday Room, Little Italy

Downtown design firm AvroKO built the restaurant Public as a sort of living showcase, a portfolio-as-functioning-hot-spot intended to drum up more work. The...more

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Momofuku Ssäm Bar, East Village

In a city where restaurants sparkle and fade faster than your average teen pop star, it's rare that a critics' darling not only lives up to but also sustains...more

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The Modern, Midtown West

How could The Modern not be hot? Located in the renovated and expanded Museum of Modern Art, the restaurant was created by Danny Meyer, proprietor of perennial...more

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Minetta Tavern, West Village

Restaurateur Keith McNally (Balthazar, Pastis) ought to teach classes on building restaurant buzz. The moment it opened in March 2009, Minetta Tavern became New...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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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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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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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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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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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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