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 Lower East Side  SoHo/NoHo  Midtown West  Queens
 Chinatown  Chelsea   Upper East Side  Harlem
 East Village Gramercy  Upper West Side  
 
 
Midtown West

Little Italy Pizza
55 W. 45th St.
212-730-7575

Popular Midtown pizzeria with over 40 different twists on the pie.
 
Nearby Liquor Store...
Shon 45 Liquors

840 Eighth Ave.
212-582-5539
 
Upper East Side


Afghan Kebab House
1345 2nd Ave.
212-517-2776

Guess what they serve here? Kebabs.

Grota de Mare
307 E. 77th St.
212-535-2866

Italian restaurant not for the carbo-phobe.

Ottomanelli's Café 86
1626 York Ave.
212-772-7722

Pasta and pizza on the Upper East Side.

One83
1608 First Ave.
212-327-4700

A mellow, contemporary sleeper with well-executed Ligurian food. Bring wine only.

Poke
305 E 85th St.
212-249-0569

This neighborhood Japanese restaurant seats 12, and only serves sushi.

Yura & Co.
1645 3rd Ave.
212-860-8060

A caf? and bakery specializing in home-cooking.

 
Nearby Liquor Stores...
Best Cellars
1291 Lexington Ave.
212-426-4200

Yorkshire Wines & Spirits

1646 First Ave.
212-717-5100
 
Brooklyn
Di Fara on Avenue J


Abistro
154 Carlton Ave
718-855-9455

Eclectic Fort Greene gem has Senegalese, French, and Asian-inspired dishes on the menu.


Brawta Caribbean Café
347 Atlantic Ave.,
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
718-855-5515
brawtacafe.com

A colorful Jamaican food joint in Boerum Hill.

Di Fara
1424 Ave. J,
Midwood, Brooklyn
718-258-1367

Amid the jumble of laundromats and kosher bakeries along Avenue J, one of the city's best

Empire Kitchen
218 Fifth Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-858-1975

Basil pancakes and make-your-own-stir-fry pick up the slack for the usual suspects of Chinese takeout.

Lamb & Jaffy
1073 Manhattan Ave.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
718-389-3638

Warm, casually elegant bistro with Michael De Prima's complex, whimsical dishes.

Olive Vine Café
54 Seventh Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-622-2626
and
362 15th St.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-499-0555

Middle Eastern eateries, specializing in pita pizza.

Sahara
2337 Coney Island Ave.
Coney Island, Brooklyn
718-376-8594
The smell of char-grilled meat will guide you to this empire of Turkish cooking.

Sparky's American Food
135A North 5th St.,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718-302-5151

Pure fast-food fusion genius.

Tripoli Restaurant
156 Atlantic Ave.
DUMBO, Brooklyn
718-596-5800

Some of the best dishes on Atlantic Avenue's Middle Eastern strip.

Zaytoons
283 Smith St at Sackett St.,
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
718-875-1880

and
472 Myrtle Ave.
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Middle Eastern food and decor — the outdoor seating and late closing time of 11pm draw a large Cobble Hill crowd.

 
Nearby Liquor Stores...
Red, White and Bubbly
211 5th Ave.
718-636-9463

Heights Chateau Wines & Spirits

131 Atlantic Ave.
718-330-0963

 
 
 
Midtown East


Phoenix Garden
242 E 40th St.
212-983-6666

Tudor City Cantonese restaurant with simple decor. Bring wine and beer only.

Taksim
1030 2nd Ave.
212-421-3004

This quick-service Turkish restaurant formerly known as Efendi changed its name but not, for the most part, its menu.

 
Nearby Liquor Stores...
Sussex Liquor Store
300 E. 41st St.
212-490-0860

Midtown Wine & Liquor Shop
44 E. 50th St.
212-753-2744
 
Upper West Side
French-Caribbean fare at A.


A
947 Columbus Ave.
212-531-1643

Barbershop turned four-table cafe specializing in inventive Jamaican-inspired French dishes.

Gumbo Café
950 Columbus Ave.
212-222-2378

Gumbo is the standout dish at this sweet little storefront.

Krik Krak
844 Amsterdam Ave.
212-222-3100

A tiny, unpretentious, and slightly elegant Haitian restaurant.

 
Nearby Liquor Stores...
86th Corner Wine & Liquor
536 Columbus Ave.
212-496-1769

Polanco Liquor Store
948 Amsterdam Ave.
212-666-9358
 
Harlem


Amy Ruth's
113 West 116th St.
212-280-8779

If you don't have a southern grandmother to cook for you, visit Amy Ruth instead and order the "Rev. Al Sharpton" (fried or smothered chicken and waffles) or maybe the "Sheila Thomas" (fried catfish). Wine only.

 
Nearby Liquor Store...
Fred's Wine & Liquors
77 Lenox Ave.
212-749-8020
 
Queens
Fiery beef at Sripraphai.


Hemsin
3917 Queens Blvd,
Sunnyside, Queens
718-937-1715

Turkish cuisine near MoMA Queens.

Himalayan Yak
72-20 Roosevelt Ave.
718-779-1119

Tibetan fusion cuisine, with dishes from India, China, and Nepal. No yak.

Istanbul
1715 Emmons Ave.
718-368-3587

Turkish eats and sweets in a warm pocket of Sheepshead Bay.

Kabul Kebab House
42-51 Main St.
718-461-1919

Nine different kebabs and hard-to-find Afghani specialties.

Sripraphai
64-13 39th Ave.
718-899-9599

A superb Thai kitchen inside a Queens storefront that looks as cheerful as an H&R Block office.

Tierras Colombianas
82-18 Roosevelt Ave.
Jackson Heights, Queens
718-426-8868

A Columbian eatery that knows its steaks and seafood soups.

 
Nearby Liquor Store...
36th Avenue Liquor Store
3014 36th Ave
718-361-8865
 
 
Published May 24, 2004