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Almost Famous

Try these up-and-coming restaurants before the critics review them, and the crowds follow.

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Eighty One
45 W. 81st St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-873-8181
Chef Ed Brown joins the Upper West Side renaissance with this restaurant that takes ingredient-sourcing to the extreme.

Elletaria
33 W. 8th St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-677-3833
Craftbar alum Akhtar Nawab left his post at the E.U. to open this eclectic spot with former Colicchio colleague Noel Cruz.

Duane Park
157 Duane St.; nr. West Broadway; 212-732-5555
Chef Shawn Knight honed his taste for New Orleans–style cooking working with Emeril Lagasse before he set up shop at the refurbished Duane Park Café.

Hakata Ippudo
65 Fourth Ave., nr. 10th St.; 212-388-0088
This sleek Japanese ramen chain is in soft-opening mode until Monday.

Madeleine Mae
461 Columbus Ave.; at 82nd St.; 212-496-3000
We heard that Barbuto's Jonathan Waxman was consulting on a southern restaurant back in November. This is it.

Olana
72 Madison Ave., nr. 28th St.; 212-725-4900
Former Osteria del Circo chef Al Di Meglio whips up Italian-accented New American fare at this restaurant that evokes the old Hudson River Club.

South Gate
154 Central Park South, nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-484-5120
Gael Greene is the first to comment on chef Kerry Heffernan's cooking since he left Eleven Madison Park.


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