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New York City Checklist

Some great spots to check out in Manhattan. This list is a work in progress. I'll add more as they come to mind and do write in with your reviews and suggestions. Enjoy!

Sushi Samba
87 Seventh Ave. S. (Barrow St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/sushisamba-manhattan-0
Tasty West Village place for sushi, drinks. Head upstairs to the roof deck on a nice evening. 

Otto
1 Fifth Ave. (enter on 8th St., bet. 5th Ave. & University Pl.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/otto-manhattan
Fun, Greenwich Village venue to grab a glass of vino, yummy pastas, pizzas, cheese, and gelato to boot.

Yama
122 E. 17th St. (Irving Pl.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/yama-manhattan
Casual but AWESOME sushi joint in Gramercy Park.

Jewel Bako
239 E. Fifth St.  (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/jewel-bako-manhattan
SPECIAL sushi destination in the East Village.

Buddakan
75 Ninth Ave.(bet. 15th & 16th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/buddakan-manhattan
Great place in Chelsea for cocktails and dinner. A dramatic space, Sex in the City was filmed here.


Boqueria

53 W. 19th St.(bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/boqueria-manhattan
Hopping tapas joint in the Flatiron district. LOT of fun.

Pipa
38 E. 19th St.(bet. B'way & Park Ave. S.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/pipa-manhattan 
Another popular tapas spot in the Flatiron District.

Eataly
200 Fifth Ave.(bet. 23rd & 24th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/eataly-manhattan
Popular Mario Batali establishment in the Flatiron District. A vibrant scene worth checking out. 


Cookshop

156 10th Ave. (20th St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/cookshop-manhattan
This Chelsea spot was jumping last time I was there. Great wine list, cocktails and delicious food. Nice outdoor seating area as well. Right by the High Line which is worth a spin.  

The Standard Grill 
848 Washington St.(bet. Little W. 12th & 13th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/standard-grill-manhattan
Another jumping spot right by the High Line.


Pastis

9 Ninth Ave.(Little W. 12th St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/pastis-manhattan
One of my favorite spots, located in Meatpacking district. Lovely for brunch outside, fun for drinks and dinner. Order a bellini. Yum!

The House  
121 E. 17th St.(bet. Irving Pl. & Park Ave. S.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/house-the-manhattan
CHARMING Gramercy Park place for brunch, dinner or drinks.  

L'Express
249 Park Ave. S.(20th St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/lexpress-manhattan
I go here a lot. Tasty Flatiron place for brunch, seriously so, but also fun for dinner, delicious drinks, or late night treat. They're open 24 hours. 

2nd Avenue Deli
162 E. 33rd St.(bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/2nd-ave-deli-manhattan
One of the city's most famous delis - great bagel sandwiches, etc., located in Murray Hill.

Penelope
159 Lexington Ave.(30th St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/penelope-manhattan
Nice place for brunch. Delicious pastries, etc., located in Murray Hill.

Red Cat
227 10th Ave.(bet. 23rd & 24th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/red-cat-manhattan
Tasty place in Chelsea for lunch or dinner. 


Gascogne

158 Eighth Ave.(bet. 17th & 18th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/gascogne-manhattan
Beautiful garden at this Chelsea restaurant. Maybe more of a date place but I've been with girlfriends on a summer evening and enjoyed it thoroughly.


Resto

111 E. 29th St.(bet. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/resto-manhattan
Yummy food, great wine list and vibe, located in Murray Hill.


Little Owl

90 Bedford St.(Grove St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/little-owl-manhattan
Nice West Village spot for dinner.


Po

31 Cornelia St.(bet. Bleecker & W. 4th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/po-manhattan 
Adorable and delicious food at this West Village space. 


Frank

88 Second Ave.(bet. 5th & 6th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/frank-manhattan
One of my favorite joints in the East Village. Fun, casual, tasty. heads up-cash only. Cool wine bar nearby called Winebar.


Il Bagatto
 
192 E. Second St. (bet. Aves. A & B)
http://www.zagat.com/r/il-bagatto-manhattan
Delicious and lively Italian in the East Village. Cool bar in the basement with a fun+funny bartender named Angie. P.S. Cash and Amex only. 


Mercadito
 
179 Ave. B(bet. 11th & 12th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/mercadito-manhattan
I highly recommend this East Village Mexican.


Gusto
60 Greenwich Ave. (Perry St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/gusto-manhattan
Solid food, good drinks, vibe/scene.


Barbuto

775 Washington St.(bet. Jane & W. 12th Sts.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/barbuto-manhattan
Good Italian fare in a cool setting. Lively scene.


Market Table

54 Carmine St.(Bedford St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/market-table-manhattan
Fine New American place for dinner. 


Spotted Pig

314 W. 11th St.(Greenwich St.)
http://www.zagat.com/r/spotted-pig-manhattan 
Solid food, good cocktails and always jammed. There's a bar upstairs as well. Celebrity sightings common up there.

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