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FOOD AND DRINK

2 MIN

Where to Eat Now in New York

Keeping your finger on the culinary pulse of New York City is tough! The city’s thriving foodie scene is constantly shifting, changing, and growing. We’ve got five of the freshest cuts from the heart of the city ripe for the sharing. They’ve got something for everyone, from the highbrow five-star experience, to the quick, cheap, and delicious. Here’s where you’ve got to eat right now!

Margaux
This find is tucked away inside the Marlton hotel – but you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy all it has to offer. With entrees like their mustard smothered arctic char or their rabbit (yes, rabbit) lasagna, that’s a very good thing. Eating your entire meal here is nothing to sneeze at, but if a night of bar hopping is your plan, skip the reservations and start your evening at the bar over cocktails and a plate of chanterelle toast.

www.margauxnyc.com

5 W. 8th Street, 212-321-0111 

Empire Diner
This certainly isn’t your grandpa’s diner – and while we all love heaping plates of French fries, that’s a good thing, we promise. The mountains of fries are still there, but with a modern twist. Enjoy sumptuous matzo ball soup made even more succulent with bone marrow. City dwellers in the know hit up the diner after 10pm for coffee and killer dessert, like their homemade cookies or Brooklyn Blackout cake.

www.empire-diner.com

210 10th Ave, 212-596-7523 

Mountain Bird
As its name might suggests, this relatively new (and tiny, at just 19-seats) restaurant, located in the heart of Harlem, specializes in serving mostly poultry dishes – cheap, delicious poultry dishes, most of which cost less than $20 a plate. Bring on the turkey goulash! PS: It’s still easy to make a reservation here, but with the buzz, that might not be the case for long. Better check this one out sooner rather than later!

www.mountainbirdnyc.com

251 E. 110 St, 212-744-4422 

Gato
This one is so brand spankin’ new it doesn’t even have official hours yet. Welcome to Bobby Flay’s newest New York venture (his first in nearly a decade). The main dining room isn’t open yet, but the wide array of tapas available at the bar more than make up for that. Plus, as you sample wood-fired pizza from the oven you might spot Flay himself. Pro tip: call ahead to make sure they’re open before swinging by.

www.gatonyc.com

324 Lafayette Street, 212-334-6400 

Park Avenue
This former uptown restaurant has relocated to Chelsea, and you’d be remiss if you let the new address scare you away. Park Avenue’s menu literally changes with the seasons to provide a feast that’s a celebration of the time of year. Their spring menu always features their famous (nay, legendary) green pea soup. If it’s not on the menu when you visit, don’t be afraid to ask, folks do it all the time.

www.parkavenyc.com/#/5

Park Avenue South @ 26th St, 212-951-7111 

Published Wednesday, April 15th 2015

Header image credit: Courtesy Margaux

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