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January 01, 2015 |  503 Views
10 Hottest Restaurants in NYC
By Sara Kay
Photo: Chef Dale Talde Pork Slope in Brooklyn, Must Go

As food and drink lovers, we all have one thing in common; we love eating and drinking. More importantly than that, however, is that we love to eat and drink with an agenda. 


We don’t just go to a restaurant because it’s around the corner from our apartment. We go because they have a fantastic beer list and the best braised short ribs you’ve ever tasted, and you’d be willing to sing its praises all over town. We are programmed as people to go forth and try the best there is out there, and doggonnit, we’re going to do it!


In New York City, new and noteworthy restaurants crop up faster and in more quantity than anywhere else. It may seem like an impossible feat to go to each and every establishment worth eating at, but fear not my friends. Just as the months change, so will a list of the 10 hottest restaurants to eat at in NYC, right now. Tune in every month as we present you with a list of the hottest restaurants to eat at, ranging from brand new and trendy to oldies but goodies. Consider this your inside scoop; before you know it you’ll be the human restaurant guide you always dreamed of being.




ABC Cocina, 38 East 19th Street




This newcomer to the Jean-Georges portfolio is, not surprisingly, blowing away New Yorkers the way that any JG restaurant will; delicious food with a completely on-par seasonal influence. A spin-off of the popular ABC Kitchen, Chef Dan Kluger is overseeing the kitchen that is putting out some truly spectacular dishes, with many of them being prepared in a wood-fired oven.


Sara’s Dish Picks: peekytoe crab and corn fritters, pea soup, crispy fish tacos, short rib tacos, halibut 




Lincoln Park Tavern, 51 Lincoln Road




Prospect Lefferts Gardens is one of the many up and coming neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and Lincoln Park Tavern is a perfect example of a place that, while it may be a bit off many people’s beaten paths, it’s more than worth the trip. LPT advertises as American cuisine, but it’s the Mexican dishes that make this place truly memorable. The portions are oversized and great for sharing, and a pitcher of margaritas will make your meal there the perfect summer experience.


Sara’s Dish Picks: fajitas, LPT sirloin burger, fried fish tacos




Estela, 47 East Houston Street




Chef Ignacio Mattos, most notably known for his great success at Isa in Williamsburg, has graced East Houston with Estela, a restaurant that pulls from a variety of culinary destinations. An impressive wine list, cocktail list and an excellent menu of snack-like items makes Estela the go-to spot for after work noshing.


Sara’s Dish Picks: scallops, beef tartare, kohlrabi, ricotta dumplings




Costata, 206 Spring Street




Michael White is no stranger to being on a restaurant “hot” list, and Costata, his newest project in the former Fiamma space, is just another one of his many soon-to-be success stories. Serving modern and comfortable Italian cuisine, the food here is indicative of White’s traditional and spot-on style.


Sara’s Dish Picks: bone marrow panzanella, risotto, garganelli alla Fiamma




Harlem Shake, 100 West 124th Street




Harlem has seen an incredible surge in restaurant growth, and with the addition of retro diner Harlem Shake, there is yet another reason to head uptown to experience this culinary renaissance. Serving old-fashioned burgers, fries and milkshakes in a 1940s and 50s style, Harlem Shake is paying homage to this culturally diverse neighborhood, delivering quality food to neighborhood residents and visitors alike.


Sara’s Dish Picks: jerk fry burger, cherry pepper-bacon melt, c-train




MP Taverna, 31-29 Ditmars Blvd




Astoria is home to some of the best Greek food this side of the Atlantic Ocean, and when Michael Psilakis expanded MP Taverna to Astoria, he became yet another piece of the fantastic restaurant scene in this neighborhood. In true Greek fashion, MP Taverna’s menu boasts plenty of classic Greek dishes, and if you’re looking for something that can feed all of your family and friends in one sitting, they also offer the option of roasting an entire animal for your sharing pleasure.


Sara’s Dish Picks: Greek sausage, souvlaki, Greek paella, lamb shank




Boulton & Watt, 5 Avenue A




Gastropubs saw some serious growth a few years back, and while some may believe that the trend has died down, the opening of Boulton and Watt proves that this notion could not be farther from the truth. With an Industrial Revolution-style interior, the menu offers diners casual and fun dishes, with some truly unique choices. The cocktail menu is incredibly notable as well, so make sure to make this a well-balanced meal of drinks and tasty bites.


Sara’s Dish Picks: anything from the ‘pickled’ menu, Boulton & Watt mac and cheese, the burger, Cape Cod mussel pot




ZZ’s Clam Bar, 169 Thompson Street




Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the brains behind New York City favorites Torrisi and Parm, have just opened ZZ’s Clam Bar, a reservations-only raw bar. With only 12 seats in the restaurant, you’ll want to snag those seats sooner rather than later since the Torrisi-Carbone duo never fails to impress.


Sara’s Dish Picks: Striped-horse-mackerel tartare, oysters and clams on the half-shell




Zabb Elee, 75 2nd Avenue




When most of us decide we want Thai food for lunch or dinner, we automatically reach for the familiar. Pad Thai? Drunken Noodles? Massaman Curry? Sure, all of these are the regulars we’ve come to know and love. But Zabb Elee pushes the boundaries, serving authentic Thai dishes from a region of the country that borders with Laos, offering a completely different selection of dishes than what you may be accustomed to, and for some very affordable prices. Whatever you order here will be sure to make you say, Pad Thai? Maybe some other time.


Sara’s Dish Picks: Kao Moo Korb, Ped Proam, Ba Mee




Pork Slope, 247 5th Avenue



Dale Talde of Talde, Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern



Chef Dale Talde, known for his memorable stint on Top Chef, opened Pork Slope in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn with a fantastic result. Serving up a hearty menu of southern-style cuisine and an incredible drink list, Pork Slope is an excellent spot to hit up this summer while the beers are cold and you’re still in the mood for some solid barbecue.


Sara’s Dish Picks: porky melt, crispy mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwich, St. Louis ribs 




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