19 First Ave., nr. 1st St.; 212-420-4900
Some of the East Village’s best brick-oven pizza, oven-baked pasta, and a great house salad.
1 Fifth Ave., at 8th St.; 212-995-9559
The Central Village source for delectable seafood antipasti, seasonal salads, and griddled pizzas topped with everything from balsamic onions and goat cheese to meltingly soft lardo.
- 3. Da Ciro
229 Lexington Ave., nr. 34th St.; 212-532-1636
Cognoscenti get the dimpled, truffled-scented focaccia robiola at this Murray Hill standby.
1378 Third Ave., nr. 78th St.; 212-585-3388
The Upper East Side isn’t hurting for Chinese takeout, but this one outcooks and outclasses the rest.
- 5. Ginger
1400 Fifth Ave., at 116th St.; 212-423-1111
Harlem’s pioneering “healthy Chinese” restaurant bakes its egg rolls and abstains from frying and MSG.