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Best Restaurants in 55 NYC Neighborhoods

By James Mulcahy
October 8, 2013

There's going out and there's going OUT, and when you're ready to do the latter, you're probably going to want to leave your neighborhood. Our 2014 New York City Restaurants Guide doesn't just chronicle the best places by cuisine, it shows who's on top in each zip code. Curious about the best dining in Chelsea? Need a suggestion for your trip to Park Slope? Click through the slide show to see the highest-ranked eatery in each 'hood, and take a look at more survey results here

  • Chelsea: NoMad

    Food: 27
    Decor: 26
    Service: 24
    Cost: $89

    “All the hype is justified” at Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s NoMad Hotel “stunner”, offering a “first-rate” American-European menu led by what may be the “best chicken dish on the planet”; the multiroom setting is “stylish”, the service “suave” and the bar scene “sexy”, so even though it’s “definitely not cheap”, it’s still virtually “impossible to get a table” here.

    1170 Broadway347-472-5660

  • Chinatown: Xi'an Famous Foods

    Food: 24
    Decor: 6
    Service: 13
    Cost: $12

    “Freakin’ awesome” hand-pulled noodles and “famous” cumin-lamb burgers are menu “standouts” at these “seriously no-frills” purveyors of “spicy” Western Chinese food; seats are “lacking” and service is “pretty much nonexistent”, but “low, low prices” keep them “popular.”

    67 Bayard St.

  • East 40s: Kurumazushi

    Food: 28
    Decor: 15
    Service: 24
    Cost: $151

    “Year after year”, the “quality and selection of fresh fish” results in “ethereal, next-level” sushi at chef Toshihiro Uezu’s pioneering Midtowner, perched in a “peaceful”, second-floor space; tabs may be “extravagant”, but prices are “warranted” for a “traditional experience” on par with “high-end places in Japan.”

    7 E. 47th St.; 212-317-2802

  • East 50s: La Grenouille

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Cost: $113

    With “lavish flower displays” amid “magnificent”, “artfully decorated” environs (“where Truman Capote entertained his swans”), the “visual feast is beyond compare” at Charles Masson’s “transporting” East Side “NYC classic”, which is equally beloved for its “exquisite” haute French cuisine and “seamless” service; the “first-class” experience is “worth your last dollar"– though the $38 upstairs lunch deal is a “bargain.”

    3 E. 52nd St.; 212-752-1495

  • East 60s: Daniel

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Cost: $146

    Still the “hautest of haute” after two decades, Daniel Boulud’s “magnificent” Eastsider offers a “religious experience” via “otherworldly” prix fixe–only New French cuisine, an “exquisite”, jackets-required setting and near-“flawless” service; sure, you’ll need a “Brinks truck” to settle the bill, but “it’s worth the gold” to “dine in heaven”; P.S. the comparatively casual lounge offers à la carte dining.

    60 E. 65th St.; 212-288-0033

  • East 70s: Sasabune

    Food: 28
    Decor: 11
    Service: 21
    Cost: $115

    “Trust the chefs” at Kenji Takahashi’s “outstanding” UES Japanese offering “unforgettable”, omakase-only meals featuring “delicate”, “skillfully prepared” sushi; even though the digs are “cramped” and the service “rushed”, devotees happily shell out “bank loan”–worthy sums for such a “high-quality” experience.

    401 E. 73rd St.; 212-249-8583

  • East 80s: Sandro's

    Food: 25
    Decor: 16
    Service: 21
    Cost: $67

    Almost “better than a ticket to Rome”, this “cozy” UES Italian “rises above the ordinary” with “lovely” Italian cuisine via “mercurial” chef-owner Sandro Fioriti, who sometimes greets diners in his “pajama bottoms”; even if the “high prices” don’t jibe with the “simple setting”, fans feel it’s “difficult to beat.”

    306 E. 81st St.; 212-288-7374

  • East 90s and 100s: San Matteo

    Food: 25
    Decor: 13
    Service: 18
    Cost: $29

    This UES Italian “find” lures locals with “quality” Neapolitan pizzas and “wonderful”panuozzi,panini-esque creations; it’s “cheap” and “charming”, but the tradeoffs include “tiny” dimensions, “shoehorned” seating and rather “lackluster” service.

    90 Bedford St.; 212-741-4695

  • East Village: Degustation

    Food: 28
    Decor: 20
    Service: 24
    Cost: $84

    “Intimate” and “extraordinary” in equal measure, Grace and Jack Lamb’s “tiny” Franco-Spanish East Villager serves up “exquisite”, “smack-in-the-taste-buds” small plates via “friendly” chefs who work their “magic” in an open, behind-the-bar kitchen; be warned though, the “dollar-to-calorie ratio” isn’t always favorable.

    239 E. Fifth St.; 212-979-1012

  • Financial District: North End Grill

    Food: 24
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Cost: $70

    Finally, there’s “destination dining in Battery Park City” via Danny Meyer’s “spacious” American yearling, where “maestro” chef Floyd Cardoz prepares an “imaginative”, seafood-centric menu delivered by a “couldn’t-be-nicer” crew; the “airy”, “contemporary” room is “reasonably quiet”, so lively sorts join the “Wall Street overachievers” at the bar.

    104 North End Ave.; 646-747-1600

  • Flatiron/Union Square: Eleven Madison Park

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Cost: $254

    “Magical” is how admirers describe Daniel Humm’s French “knockout” next to Madison Square Park, where “well-choreographed”, “theatrical” tasting menus (think “card tricks”) feature “exquisite” dishes and “memorable” wine pairings, served with “perfect precision” by an “amazing” pro staff in “spectacular” “landmark” digs; you may need to “take out a mortgage” first, but it “doesn’t get much better” than this.

    11 Madison Ave.; 212-889-0905

  • Garment District: Ai Fiori

    Food: 26
    Decor: 24
    Service: 25
    Cost: $91

    “Michael White’s empire” encompasses this “culinary treasure” in the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel, where you “feel like a swell” relishing “lovely” Italian cuisine (notably “exquisite pastas”), “interesting” wines and “gracious service”; the “plush surroundings” befit a “class act” that’s “splurgy” but “worth every century note” – “especially for an occasion."

    400 Fifth Ave.; 212-613-8660

  • Gramercy: Maialino

    Food: 26
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Cost: $67

    Everything “comes together perfectly” at Danny Meyer’s “busy” Gramercy Italian, a near-“flawless” take on a Roman trattoria with a “delicious” menu highlighted by a “heavenly” namesake roast suckling pig; its “genuine hospitality”, “bright country setting” and attention to “detail” signal a restaurant “at the top of its game” – no wonder it’s so “hard to get a reservation.”

    2 Lexington Ave.; 212-777-2410

  • Greenwich Village: Ushiwakamaru

    Food: 28
    Decor: 18
    Service: 23
    Cost: $89

    Even if they “can’t pronounce the name”, “serious” sushiphiles tout this Village Japanese sleeper for “exquisite”, “high-end” raw fish and particularly “sublime omakase”; some find the “tiny”, no-frills interior “disappointing for the price”, but hey, it costs “less than a flight to Tokyo.”

    136 W. Houston St.; 212-228-4181

  • Harlem: Melba's

    Food: 24
    Decor: 10
    Service: 20
    Cost: $32

    “Divine chicken ’n’ waffles” and other “Southern”-accented American comfort classics “done right” are the thing at this “warm” Harlem retreat; its “small” setting is “chill and homey” by day, “hopping and grooving” come evening (especially on Tuesdays when there’s live music).

    300 W. 114th St.; 212-864-7777

  • Little Italy: Pellegrino's

    Food: 24
    Decor: 20
    Service: 24
    Cost: $47

    “High-quality” traditional Italian cooking and “personal service” from tuxedoed “pros” foster the “happy ambiance” at this “consistent” “winner” in the heart of Little Italy; regulars prefer sitting outside and taking in the only-in-NY Mulberry Street “scene.”

    138 Mulberry St.; 212-226-3177

  • Lower East Side: Prosperity Dumplings

    Food: 26
    Decor: 4
    Service: 14
    Cost: $6

    “Frugal foodies” rave about the “awesome”, “meaty dumplings” and other “tasty” items at this “bang-for-your-buck” LES Chinese; “long lines” and “haphazard” service in “utterly cramped” surrounds make for a strong case for takeout.

    46 Eldridge St.; 212-343-0683

  • Meatpacking District: Old Homestead

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 21
    Cost: $80

    “Old-style NY” dining doesn’t get much more authentic than this steakhouse “original” that’s been grilling “perfectly seared” chops in the Meatpacking since 1868; the “huge prices” don’t faze its core crowd of “men spending too much”, though the “massive” portions leave them as “overstuffed” as the furniture.

    56 Ninth Ave.; 212-242-9040

  • Murray Hill: Wolfgang's

    Food: 25
    Decor: 21
    Service: 23
    Cost: $79

    “Real NY steakhouses at real NY prices”, this “fast-paced” chainlet is a “steady contender” for “succulent” cuts delivered in a “brusque but professional” style; their “manly” milieus can be “noisy and crowded”, but overall they “do it well” here.

    94 Park Ave.; 212-889-3369

  • NoLita: Torrisi

    Food: 27
    Decor: 19
    Service: 24
    Cost: $80

    Exceptional dining” awaits at this “real-deal” NoLita nook, where “original” takes on Italian-American eats are “done to perfection” and presented by an “attentive” staff at a $60 prix fixe–only price; the “cozy” setting may verge on “cramped”, but it’s “worth the work to get a reservation” – the overall experience is “amazing.”

    250 Mulberry St.; 212-965-0955

  • Photo by: Clay Williams

    SoHo: Aquagrill

    Food: 26
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $62

    “Definitely a winner”, this “classic” SoHo seafooder continues to deliver with a “top-notch” team serving up “well-executed fish” (“any fresher and it would still be on the boat”) and “oysters galore” from a “superior raw bar”; even given “high” prices, it stays “crowded and loud.”

    210 Spring St.; 212-274-0505

  • NoHo: Bianca

    Food: 26
    Decor: 18
    Service: 21
    Cost: $33

    The “hearty” Emilia-Romagna dishes are “clearly made with love” and a “fabulous bargain” to boot, making this cash-only NoHo Italian “gem” well worth the “tight squeeze”; no reservations means there’s “definitely a wait”, which those in the know spend “next door at the wine bar.”

    5 Bleecker St.; 212-260-4666

  • TriBeCa: Bouley

    Food: 29
    Decor: 27
    Service: 28
    Cost: $116

    Engaging all the senses”, David Bouley’s TriBeCa “masterpiece” presents “superb”, “French-decadence-at-its-best” cuisine, “consistently superior” service and a “beautiful”, “formal” (jackets required) setting that add up to a “wonderful overall experience”; it’s “among NYC’s true elite”, with prices to match, but when you seek an “unforgettable” repast, it’s “hard to beat”; P.S. the $55 lunch prix fixe is a “bargain.”

    163 Duane St.; 212-964-2525

  • West 40s: Sushi of Gari 46

    Food: 27
    Decor: 16
    Service: 22
    Cost: $83

    For an “unforgettable sensory journey”, try the omakase at Gari Sugio’s “off-the-charts” Japanese quintet, where the “jewel”-like sushi is simply “sublime”; despite “modest”, “bento box”–size settings and “go-for-broke” tabs, finatics say these “bucket-list” destinations are the “last word” in raw-fish “bliss.”

    347 W. 46th St.; 212-957-0046

  • West 50s: Le Bernardin

    Food: 29
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28
    Cost: $169

    Dining doesn’t get much more “blissful” than at this “sublime” Midtown French seafooder via Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, a near “religious experience” where “exquisite” meals, “meticulous” service and an “impressive”, revamped room have again earned it Top Food and Most Popular honors in NYC; granted, the tabs are equally “extraordinary” – the prix fixe–only dinners start at $130 – but then again, it’s “fabulous in every way”; P.S. a no-reserving lounge offers small plates, while a neighboring wine bar and private dining room in the former Palio/Piano Due spaces are in the works.  

    155 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1515

  • West 60s: Per Se

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 29
    Cost: $325

    “Unpretentious perfection” starts with the “superb” nine-course tasting menu at chef Thomas Keller’s “flawless” French–New American in the Time Warner Center and continues with “inspiring” Central Park views and “approachable”, “amazingly well-orchestrated” service (again voted No. 1 in NYC); granted, the $295 set price may be “astronomical”, but overall this jackets-required destination is “hard to top” for a “bucket-list” indulgence.

    10 Columbus Cir.; 212-823-9335

  • West 70s: Gari

    Food: 27
    Decor: 16
    Service: 22
    Cost: $83

    For an “unforgettable sensory journey”, try the omakase at Gari Sugio’s “off-the-charts” Japanese quintet, where the “jewel”-like sushi is simply “sublime”; despite “modest”, “bento box”–size settings and “go-for-broke” tabs, finatics say these “bucket-list” destinations are the “last word” in raw-fish “bliss.”

    370 Columbus Ave.; 212-362-4816

  • West 80s: Barney Greengrass

    Food: 24
    Decor: 9
    Service: 16
    Cost: $30

    Still “as good as when grandpa ate here”, this UWS institution has been slinging “old-style Jewish deli food” and “gold-standard” smoked fish since 1908; “fading” decor, “no credit cards” and “borderline rude service” are all “part of the charm”, as the “lines out the door” attest.

    541 Amsterdam Ave.; 212-724-4707

  • West 90s: Pisticci

    Food: 25
    Decor: 20
    Service: 22
    Cost: $36

    It “doesn’t get much better for local Italian” dining than this “warm, welcoming” Columbia-area “favorite”, home to “scrumptious” food at “reasonable prices” and free “jazz on Sundays”; the “no-reservations” rule can be “a drag”, yet the “long lines” deter few.

    125 La Salle St.; 212-932-3500

  • West Village: Mas (farmhouse)

    Food: 27
    Decor: 25
    Service: 26
    Cost: $96

    “Everything you could ask for in a dining experience”, this “cozy” West Village American is a “foodie must”, showcasing the “amazing”, “farm-to-table” skills of chef Galen Zamarra; “polished” service and an “intimate” ambiance set the stage for “romantic” dalliances, and although decidedly pricey, it’s “worth every penny.”

    39 Downing St.; 212-255-1790

  • Bay Ridge: Tanoreen

    Food: 26
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    It’s “worth the trip” to this “out-of-the-way” Bay Ridge “find” for “artfully prepared”, “beautifully seasoned” Med–Middle Eastern home cooking; some say it’s getting “a bit pricey”, but the “warm welcome” compensates – “charismatic” chef-owner Rawia Bishara “makes a point of stopping at every table.”

    90 Bedford St.; 212-741-4695

  • Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO: River Cafe

    Food: 26
    Decor: 27
    Service: 25
    Cost: $130

    The “million-dollar views” of Lower Manhattan are “indispensable” at Buzzy O’Keeffe’s “true NY classic” on the Dumbo waterfront, refurbished following Hurricane Sandy and still maintaining the “highest standards” via “glorious” New American cuisine from a “professional staff” in a “romantic” setting; granted, the prix fixe–only dinners are a “splurge”, but then again, the dining here is truly “memorable.”

    1 Water St., Brooklyn; 718-522-5200

  • Boreum and Cobble Hills: Hibino

    Food: 25
    Decor: 18
    Service: 22
    Cost: $38

    “Fresh-as-one-can-get” sushi vies for the spotlight with the “daily changing”obanzai(small plates) and “amazing” housemade tofu at this “quirky” Cobble Hill Japanese; “budget-friendly” tabs and “unobtrusive” service embellish its “subdued”, “unique” ambiance.

    333 Henry St.; 718-260-8052

  • Carroll Gardens: Lucali

    Food: 27
    Decor: 19
    Service: 19
    Cost: $27

    “If you can get in”, the pies and calzones are mighty darn “awesome” at this Carroll Gardens “neighborhood” pizzeria, again voted No. 1 in NYC; it takes neither credit cards nor reservations, and “long waits” are the norm, but the BYO policy is “pretty cool.”

    575 Henry St.; 718-858-4086

  • Fort Greene: Caffe e Vino

    Food: 23
    Decor: 17
    Service: 22
    Cost: $41

    “Delightful”, “rustic” Italian food is the thing at this “tiny but terrific” Fort Greene trattoria near BAM; the “unpretentious” setting (complete with “requisite brick wall”) can be “cramped”, but the “attentive” servers will “get you out well-fed” before curtain time.

    112 Dekalb Ave.; 718-855-6222

  • Greenpoint: Paulie Gee's

    Food: 26
    Decor: 22
    Service: 21
    Cost: $28

    There’s “never a boring pizza” at this Greenpoint “standout”, whose “exquisite” Neapolitan pies marry a “perfect” “wood-fired” crust with “innovative”, locavore-oriented toppings (including “lots of vegan options”); “omnipresent owner” Paulie himself “loves to schmooze” in the “cool, rustic” room.

    60 Greenpoint Ave.; 347-987-3747

  • Park Slope: Al Di La

    Food: 27
    Decor: 19
    Service: 22
    Cost: $49

    The trattoria “everyone wishes was in their neighborhood”, this “all-time-favorite” Park Sloper “deserves its reputation” for “inspired” Venetian cooking that’s a “bargain” to boot; no reservations means “obligatory” waits (“bummer!”), though “lunch is easier” and there’s always its “wine bar around the corner.”

    248 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; 718-783-4565

  • Prospect Heights: Bar Corvo

    Food: 26
    Decor: 21
    Service: 23
    Cost: $40

    Hailed as a “boon to the area”, this Prospect Heights “Al Di La offspring” fields a “well-curated menu” of “superior” Italian cooking in “cozy” quarters run by an “attentive” team; “real-steal” prices ensure it “does fill up”, though a patio helps stretch the space.

    791 Washington Ave.; 718-230-0940

  • Williamsburg: Peter Luger

    Food: 27
    Decor: 16
    Service: 21
    Cost: $83

    Voted NYC’s No. 1 steakhouse for the 30th year in a row, this circa-1887 Williamsburg “landmark” offers a “classic, straightforward” menu (highlighted by a “terrific” aged porterhouse) that “hasn’t changed” in eons but still draws big “crowds”; “gruff” service and a “no-frills, boys’-club” ambiance are “part of the experience”, and don’t forget to bring “plenty of cash” – it doesn’t accept credit cards.

    178 Broadway; 718-387-7400

  • Downtown Brooklyn: Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare 

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    “Surprisingly high quality” comes to Downtown Brooklyn via this gourmet grocery and cafe, “the place to go” for top-flight produce, seafood, meat and game along with pastas and other “well-selected” specialty goods (not to mention its serious beer section); since it’s also a “fine local source for innovate and fresh prepared foods” from its full kitchen – whether “delish” sandwiches, short ribs, lasagna or more “unusual items” – “indulgent” types are “truly temped” to “buy every day’s meals here.”

    90 Bedford St.; 212-741-4695

  • Midwood: Di Fara

    Food: 26
    Decor: 6
    Service: 11
    Cost: $18

    Taste the magical pies lovingly prepared” by octogenarian “pizza alchemist” Dom DeMarco at this ’60s-era Midwood “temple” and “all is good in the world”; “unnerving” waits, decidedly “nothing-fancy” digs and smile-free service are just part of the “total experience” – acolytes insist it’s more than “worth the trouble” for a “slice of heaven.”

    1424 Ave. J; 718-258-1367

  • Clinton Hill: Locanda Vini & Oili

    Food: 26
    Decor: 25
    Service: 25
    Cost: $54

    “Marvelous” Northern Italian food is served in a “converted” former drugstore at this Clinton Hill “find” run by a “knowledgeable” team that “takes pride” in its work; in short, the “lovely” vintage setting, “really friendly” staff and “eclectic” eats are a prescription for “top-notch” dining.

    129 Gates Ave., Brooklyn; 718-622-9202

  • Bushwick: Roberta's

    Food: 26
    Decor: 17
    Service: 18
    Cost: $36

    Redefining the “Brooklyn aesthetic”, this “super-popular” Bushwick Italian draws “throngs of hipsters” with its “phenomenal” wood-fired pizzas, as well as other “smashing” dishes crafted with “ingredients picked from their own garden”; despite “hit-or-miss service”, “communal tables” and “long waits”, most agree it’s “worth the extended trip on the L.”

    261 Moore St., Brooklyn; 718-417-1118

  • Red Hook: Good Fork

    Food: 25
    Decor: 18
    Service: 24
    Cost: $46

    “Little” is an understatement at this 28-seat West Village “gem”, where chef Joey Campanaro whips up “fantastic” Med–New Americana in a “cramped”, “big-windowed” space; reservations are notoriously “hard to get” – even “if you can eat at 5:30” – so regulars make sure to “mark the calendar” and call 30 days ahead.

    391 Van Brunt St.; 718-643-6636

  • Vinegar Hill House: Vinegar Hill House

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    “Brooklyn to its core”, this New American “hipster magnet” in “middle-of-nowhere” Vinegar Hill is “worth seeking out” for “incredibly crafted” meals served in “cozy” digs complete with the “most romantic garden”; the only rubs are “cramped” conditions and “long waits” – though the latter is less of an issue now that it takes reservations.

    72 Hudson Ave.; 718-522-1018

  • Bronx: Roberto

    Food: 26
    Decor: 19
    Service: 22
    Cost: $57

    For a “true Arthur Avenue experience”, fans of “old-world” cooking head to this “busy” Bronx Italian where chef Roberto Paciullo prepares “Manhattan”-worthy dishes delivered by a “gracious” staff; given the “small” setting, “sophisticated” mood and no-rez policy, there’s almost “always a wait.”

    603 Crescent Ave.; 718-733-9503

  • Astoria: Il Bambino

    Food: 27
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $22

    Panini “addicts” rave about the “beyond-crispy” bread and “right ratio” of “fantastic ingredients” within in the “hearty”, “bargain”-priced pressed sandwiches at this “rustic” Astorian with Italian and Spanish leanings; factor in “impeccable service” with “zero pretense” and a “cozy” back garden, and it’s a neighborhood “must try.”

    34-08 31st Ave.; 718-626-0087

  • Flushing: Spicy & Tasty

    Food: 24
    Decor: 11
    Service: 15
    Cost: $25

    The “name says it all” about this cash-only Flushing Chinese where the “hot, hot, hot” Sichuan cooking will “open your sinuses” but won’t scorch your wallet; overlook the “nonexistent” decor, no-rez rule and any “communication problems” with the staff – it’s “all about the food” here.

    39-07 Prince St.; 718-359-1601

  • Long Island City: Tournesol

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    Just like finding “Paris in Queens”, this “convivial” LIC bistro offers “magnifique” French fare at “easy-on-the-pocketbook” rates; yes, the “cramped space” means “you really have to like your neighbor”, but the “warm welcome” from a “most pleasant” staff compensates.

    50-12 Vernon Blvd.; 718-472-4355

  • Woodside: Sripraphai

    Food: 27
    Decor: 14
    Service: 17
    Cost: $27

    “Still the champ”, this Queens “gem” is again ranked NYC’s top Thai thanks to a “staggeringly vast” choice of “legit” dishes that “burn with flavor” and incendiary spice; despite “pedestrian” decor, “unremarkable” service and a cash-only rule, the “fair” prices alone make it worth the “schlep to Woodside.”

    64-13 39th Ave.; 212-741-4695

  • Corona: Tortilleria Nixtamal

    Food: 26
    Decor: 13
    Service: 20
    Cost: $16

    It’s “all about the masa” ground in-house at this Corona Mexican renowned for the freshest tortillas “this side of the Rio Grande”, as well as “authentic” tacos and “melt-in-your-mouth” tamales; sure, it’s a “hole-in-the-wall”, but compensations include “friendly” service and budget pricing.

    90 Bedford St.; 212-741-4695

  • Sunnyside: Salt & Fat

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    The name shows a “sense of humor”, but they “take the food seriously” at this Sunnyside “rising star” where “inventive” small plates showcase a “delectable” blend of New American and Asian flavors; given the “super-helpful” staff and “Queens prices”, it’s definitely one to “look out for.”

    41-16 Queens Blvd.; 718-433-3702

  • Forest Hills: Danny Brown

    Food: 26
    Decor: 22
    Service: 25
    Cost: $53

    Delivering “Manhattan-style” fine dining at Queens prices, this Forest Hills “culinary heaven” serves up “inventive”, “lovingly prepared” European fare matched with “wonderful” vintages; a “charming”, “sophisticated” setting and “knowledgeable”, “attentive” service complete the “first-class” experience.

    104-02 Metropolitan Ave.; 718-261-2144

  • Ozone Park: Don Peppe

    Food: 25
    Decor: 12
    Service: 19
    Cost: $47

    An “old-school”, cash-only red-sauce joint “unburdened by pretention”, this circa-1968 Ozone Park Italian is the place for “marvelous” meals that end with “sacks of leftovers”; the house wines might’ve been “made yesterday” and the digs “could use redecorating” – but then you “don’t go for atmosphere.”

    135-58 Lefferts Blvd.; 718-845-7587

  • Staten Island: Denino's

    Food: 25
    Decor: 19
    Service: 23
    Cost: $58

    “In Staten Island, this is the place for pizza” declare devotees of the “fantastic” “thin-crust” pies this “low-price” Port Richmond parlor has been producing since 1937; “don’t worry about the decor”, the noise from the adjoining tavern or the “no-plastic” policy – there’s a reason it’s “rarely empty.”

    524 Port Richmond Ave.; 718-442-9401

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