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Best of New York Food 2004

Best Hot Date

  • Hal Rubenstein's Pick

    Spice Market

    403 West 13th Street, 212-675-2322

    The Asian fantasia’s subterranea offers hideaways for the point when someone yells “Get a room.”

  • Adam Platt's Pick


    210 West 10th Street, 212-741-7971

    I like the hot dogs; my wife is partial to the butterscotch pudding.

  • Robin Raisfeld's Pick

    Bao 111

    111 Avenue C, 212-254-7773

    Where the house cocktail is as spicy as the nouvelle Vietnamese food, the lighting low, and the vibe vaguely illicit.

  • Rob Patronite's Pick

    The Grocery

    288 Smith Street, 718-596-3335

    Ask for the coveted corner deuce, a.k.a. “the makeout table.”

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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