Playground Bar & Bistro And Taitoon Thai Karaoke, Woodside, NYC

Part Thai karaoke bar, part restaurant, Playground houses its eatery along a long narrow space on the first floor.

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L’Appart, Le District, NYC

Within the spread of Le District lies a quiet 28-seater nook called L’Appart. Styled as a “chef’s apartment”, this Michelin starred spot is helmed by Executive Chef Nicolas “Nico” Abello who offers a changing, seasonal menu.

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Miznon, Chelsea, NYC

Miznon is a pita-centric spot opened in Chelsea Market recently. The brainchild of Chef Eyal Shani, one of Israel’s most famous Chefs, there are branches of this concept in Vienna and Paris.

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Nepali Bhancha Ghar, Jackson Heights, NYC

Nepali Bhancha Ghar, small, a bi-level Himalayan food spot in Jackson Heights serves one of the best momo soups in town.

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Clay, Harlem, NYC

Looking for an approachable, farm fresh spot in Harlem for some thoughtful New American cuisine, then Clay is just the place for you.

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Brine Chicken, Chelsea, NYC

Dan Mezzalingua and Executive Chef Joe LoNigro (Otto’s Tacos) have just launched a new concept restaurant that revolutionizes chicken.

Brine is a self-serve spot in Chelsea serving what might just be some of the BEST chicken I have tried recently – I kid you not!

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Ruumy’s Tavern, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Ruumy’s Tavern is restaurateur Mike Kocak’s newest venture located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Located steps away from the Theatre district, Ruumy’s offers theatergoers and New Yorkers a haven away from the milieu of tourist traps that one might get suckered into.

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Dawas, Woodside, NYC

Dawa Bhuti has managed to strike a perfect balance between her Tibetan heritage and culinary school training at her eponymous spot in Woodside.

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The $55 Mini Omakase at Sushi Seki Times Square, NYC

Chef Seki Shi has established his brand as one of the premium sushi houses in New York City since the inception of Sushi Seki in 2002.   The resounding success of Chef’s endeavors has since led to a Chelsea branch and his flagship location in Times Square.

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Benares, Financial District, NYC

Benares, located on Murray Street offers downtowners a spot to satisfy their Indian food cravings.

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Tastings Social Gaudir, East Harlem, NYC

Every Monday evening, the space that houses Tasting Social’s Mountainbird in East Harlem, transforms into a delicious little slice of Spain. Chef Cedric Durand offers an eclectic menu of Modern Spanish Tapas at Tastings Social Gaudir, which transported me back to my trip two years ago.

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Sevan, Bayside, NYC

Queens is home to some of the most authentic ethnic food destinations in New York City. Amidst all this lies Sevan, a gem amongst the very few Armenian restaurants in the city.

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Gardënia, West Village, NYC

Right off Seventh Avenue, in the West Village is a hidden gem. Gardënia, a seasonally driven, Mediterranean restaurant that focuses on flavours from Southern Europe, is truly a delightful find.

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Alpha Fusion, Midtown West, NYC

Alpha Fusion is Henry Yang’s Pan-Asian restaurant on 34th street, serving a mash up of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisine. This Bond Street trained chef has always been passionate about experimenting with different flavors and textures.

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