New York's Most Underrated Restaurants

New York's Most Underrated Restaurants

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Some of these restaurants are small neighborhood places that have been quietly serving great food for years, while others are newer establishments that haven't exploded yet.

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    The menu includes things like charred octopus with piquillo peppers, butter-poached lobster with summer truffles, seared foie gras with sunflower seeds, and a dry-aged sirloin steak.
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    It's constantly busy, but you should be able to make a reservation with a few hours notice. The restaurant offers an omakase as well as a la carte sushi, plus soups, salads, and appetizers.
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    Chef Gabe Thompson has a gift for making rustic pasta dishes. At L'Artusi, he serves things like potato gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce, fettuccine with rabbit cacciatore, and pici with peekytoe crab.
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    Galen Zamarra cooks French-influenced American fare made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Right now, the menu includes things like roasted duck breast with yogurt, gnudi made with farmer's cheese, scallop-crusted halibut, and corn soup.
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    Marc Meyer's Mediterranean-influenced American restaurant is a good choice for a breakfast meeting or a casual weeknight dinner. Five Points serves an underrated burger and a great roasted Amish chicken.
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    If you want something rich, go for the seared scallops with foie gras or the sensational sea urchin and angel hair "carbonara." Tocqueville offers an a la carte menu as well as five course and seven course tasting menus.
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    The chef's menu has a few shareable dry aged steaks, as well as things like schnitzel with beef heart, crispy chicken with roasted mushrooms, and a roasted bone-in lamb shoulder.
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    The menu at this cute Soho restaurant has something for everyone. Jack's Wife Freda serves a terrific cheeseburger for $14, plus things like matzo ball soup, a skirt steak sandwich, vegetable curry, and moules frites.
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    Rubirosa always delivers satisfying Italian-American fare that's a few notches above what you find at most moderately priced pasta parlors. Pro tip: Chef Al Di Meglio always runs some great specials.
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    Scott Bryan's menu at this East Village New American restaurant includes things like a roasted organic chicken with potato puree, Scottish salmon with trout roe, and a New York strip steak.
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    The pastas, antipasti, and crostini are the main attractions at Jason Denton's casual West Village restaurant. The tagliatelle with pork ragu and the linguini with shrimp are standouts from the pasta portion of the menu, but all of them are worth trying.
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    You'll find hearty sandwiches and shareable vegetable dishes, as well as serious proteins like a brick chicken and a strip steak. Make sure to get the Dutch baby pancake topped with fried oysters and goat cheese.
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