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  1. Lafayette
    8.3

    Lafayette

    380 Lafayette St. , NoHo, NY 10003

    Hundreds of restaurants open in New York City every year, but only a few open with the press, fanfare, and excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster. At this point, Andrew Carmellini should be referred to as food game James Cameron. The dude goes big. Real big. He’s learned how to manipulate all the right loud mouthed, […]

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  2. Nightingale 9
    8.2

    Nightingale 9

    345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Need another restaurant in Brooklyn for your Hit List? Didn’t think so. But we’ve got one for you anyway, and you should pay attention. Nightingale 9 is excellent. Having been the beneficiaries of a bunch of good press when they opened in February, we had heard plenty about Nightingale 9 and their Vietnamese street food […]

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    8.2

    Morgan’s BBQ

    267 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Over the last five years, the barbecue scene in NYC has improved dramatically. We’re no longer the laughing stock of the league, stuck with Rub, Daisy May’s and Hill Country representing our formerly smoker-less city. We’ll never be Texas, Memphis or The Carolinas, but thanks to a badass group of relocated expats and some learnt, […]

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  4. Tanoreen
    8.2

    Tanoreen

    7523 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge, NY 11209

    Damn. People really love Tanoreen. And I mean loooove it. You know how I can tell? I actually know people that have been there, and it’s in Bay Ridge. Not too long ago, Kim Kardashian could have been handing out free lottery tickets and Chipwiches from a truck in Bay Ridge and I still probably […]

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  5. Old School Brooklyn
    8.2

    Old School Brooklyn

    520 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Honestly, I don’t know how to write this review without acknowledging the fact that Old School Brooklyn might be the absolute worst name for a restaurant ever. It feels like the work of some budget marketing agency that uses the word “millenials” on a regular basis. Or maybe it’s exactly the opposite of that. Maybe […]

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  6. Traif
    8.2

    Traif

    229 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Traif is awesome. It’s exactly the kind of restaurant we enjoy hanging out at, and would happily set up shop here permanently if we weren’t constantly running around trying new places. Infatuation Nation was in our ear about this one, and, as usual, the good people who email and tweet at us came through with […]

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  7. Exchange Alley
    8.2

    Exchange Alley

    424 E. 9th St., East Village, NY 10009

    Thank you, Immaculate Infatuation intelligence community. We started getting emails about Exchange Alley a few weeks ago from friends and strangers alike, insisting that this new East Village restaurant should be on our radar. We moved fast on the tip and are happy to report back that all of that intel was spot on. Exchange […]

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  8. Lucy's Fried Chicken
    8.2

    Lucy’s Fried Chicken

    2218 College Ave., Austin, TX

    Not all that long ago, chef James Holmes decided it was time for a spinoff. His restaurant Olivia, an upscale farm-to-table driven establishment on South Lamar, had quickly become known for a sleeper hit on its brunch menu – fried chicken. And just like in the entertainment world, if you’ve got a popular character inside […]

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  9. Quality Italian
    8.2

    Quality Italian

    57 W. 57th St., Midtown, NY 10019

    From the team that brought you Quality Meats, welcome to Quality Italian, or as we like to call it – Midtown’s Carbone. Now, there are probably at least a few of you out there that scoff at the suggestion that a restaurant anywhere near Midtown could be compared to a fixture of the downtown “scene” […]

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    SriPraPhai

    64-13 39th Ave., Queens, NY 11377

    Thai food is not particularly hard to find in New York. Every neighborhood in every borough seems to have a handful of local joints that serve up delivery staple curries, noodles, and spring rolls. Good Thai food, on the other hand, requires some digging. Thai food worth getting up off the couch? Not as easy […]

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