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NYC’s Best Restaurants 2018

NYC’s top tables and the most in the moment plates and succulent bites.

The Foodboomblog’s Annual Face Off Between New York and L.A Resumes.

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Will we ever resolve which City has got the best Food and Restaurants? This is for you-our readers- to decide. One thing is for certain. Our main Foodboombloggers from New York and L.A. , Ken Shin and Ron W, have been working out like professional athletes to keep their prodigious dining out calorie intake from destroying their physiques.

There have been some exciting moments on the streets of New York City. While this year’s dining out journey of Foodboomblogger Ken Shin and his wife and dining companion Jun, does not include as many stellar new openings as in 2017, there was certainly a lot chew on. Ken and Jun enjoyed their nuptials this year and consider the many evenings out as part of the celebration. As in previous years they almost never miss NYC’s top tables and the most in the moment plates and succulent bites.

10. Birds of a Feather 191 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The team behind the restaurant Café China decided to open a new project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, We were eager to check it out, especially after we heard that Birds of a Feather gives a more modern twist than Café China’s mostly traditional menu.

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No bird or feathers on this dish. It’s actually vegan, just eggplant and chili, and worth a trip to Brooklyn just for this.

9.  Le Sia 11 East 7th St, New York, NY 10003

“Chinese Cajun seafood” and much more. Le Sia is one of the more important newcomers in the Chinese dining scene that should not be missed.

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“We think this restaurant will get in your “craw..daddy”.

8.  Hunan Slurp  112 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Hunan Slurp is one of the new trailblazers showcasing Chinese-style rice noodles called Mifen.

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We heard they wanted to call this place Hunan Slurp and Burp….Glad they didn’t ,but ,we would go anyway.

7.  Manhatta 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005

Enter Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group with an ambitious new project on the 60th floor of a building in the Financial District.

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“I’ll take Manhatta, Brooklyn and Stata ” and the Vanilla Souffle as well.

6. Frenchette  241 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Frenchette is probably one of hottest names in the New York City dining world right now in part because they do things like this Duck Meat Steak Frites.

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Clueless server to hip well-heeled diner: “Would you like some more fries with that?”

5. Sushi by Bae  49 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

After our dinner at Sushi by Bae, I realized that chef Oona Tempest more than backs up her hype with a seriously good omakase meal.

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“You’d be hard pressed to beat this place which conquers Omakase one piece at a time”.

4. Simon and the Whale   23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

This restaurant certainly doesn’t lack ambiance and appeals to the crowd looking for trendiest places to eat. Consistent cooking at Simon and the Whale shows a hotel restaurant done right.

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” Even a confounding name like Simon and the Whale won’t keep the foodies away. Just try to get a table here.”

  1. Ato   28 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

New York City already has a lot of expensive, high-end Japanese restaurants, but Ato brings something new and different.  The restaurant’s name is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the word “art”. Art for the palate and the eye. Save up or splurge and go here.

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“There may not be a betterfish than this.”

2.  Miss Ada   184 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Miss Ada is the type of place where you walk in not expecting to be wowed but we were. Miss Ada is not just another one of those safe Mediterranean neighborhood places. Helmed by Israeli-born chef/owner Tomer Blechman, I realized after a couple of dips on the baba ganoush and the lamb shawarma hummus that the kitchen is really on to something.

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” A shawarma and hummus this good might resolve all the problems in the middle east……………..NAH.”

1.  Don Angie    103 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014

Don Angie is one of the most exciting recent restaurant openings New York City.

Don Angie finds the right balance between a modern twist to Italian cuisine while maintaining traditional foundations of Italian cooking. The results are big hit and one of the hottest tables in NYC.

The prime rib braciole was an absolutely sensational dish, with the beef wonderfully cooked medium rare and seasoning kept at a minimum (you can adjust the flavor by deciding how much of the tomato polenta on the side that you want to add to your meat.

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“Bring it on then bring it home.”   

Honorable Mentions

Momofuku Ssam Bar  207 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Chef Max Ng picked up the ball that David Chang dropped and has restored the menu of this iconic place. It is as good or better than in its glory days.

Blanca  261 Moore St. Brooklyn 11206

Still occupying a single counter next to Roberta’s outdoor space. The tasting menu is extraordinarily deep and was as good as our first encounter two years ago.

Chef’s Club  275 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

While not actually featuring local Chef’s, Chef Club offered a chance for diners in NYC to experience some of the up and coming Chef’s from around the world in an intimate setting. Ken and Jun had three great meals here in 2018.

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