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What are your top 5 best dining out "destination neighborhoods" in New York City

bmoskowitz | Apr 7, 2012 07:03 PM

I thought it would be fun to start a thread about the best neighborhood for dining out in New York. I don't have any particular rules here except neighborhoods with a high volume of restaurants that offer a variety of high-quality choices worthy of a trip across town. This could include lunch spots; casual places; pizza or burger joints; tapas bars; cocktail bars with small plate menus; ethnic food; great steak houses; or fine dining. You get the idea. I think this has probably changed a lot in the past 5-10 years. Here is my current list (with some representative favorites in each neighborhood):

1. Williamsburg (Fette Sau, Peter Luger, Dressler, Dumont Burger)
2. Tribeca (Kutsher's; Lotus Blue, Bouley, Landmarc, Silver Lining, Terroir, Weatherup)
3. West Village (Empellon; Spotted Pig; Blue Hill; Minetta Tavern)
4. Chelsea (Collichio and Sons; Cookshop, Chelsea Market; Hill Country; Del Posto)
5. Madison Square Park/Flatiron (Shake Shack; Eleven Madison Park; Eataly; A Voce; Gramercy Tavern)

I live in Manhattan and can't claim to visit Brooklyn a lot when eating out, but I have to think Williamsburg currently has the most interesting selection of good restaurants of any neighborhood in town (such as some well-regarded places I haven't tried like Marlow & Sons, Egg, St. Anselm, and Gwynnett St). I'd love to hear what others think.

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