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The places with great food and well executed concepts that don't get enough press or critical acclaim
Head Sommelier at Zuma, NYC
This place does what so many try to accomplish, but few achieve. It somehow delivers some of the most ambitious cuisine at a reasonable price while making you feel like you're just at your favorite regular neighborhood spot. Why? Because from the moment you enter - the decor is relaxing, the entire staff is insanely friendly and happy, and they are genuinely excited to have you there. Add the outdoor garden space, the great cocktail program, and a wine list that will re-open your mind about what New Zealand wine is and can be (it's a NZ focused cuisine, as chef Matthew Lambert is an ex-pat) and you wind up with a true New York gem.
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
Yes talk about underrated. This was one of the best meals I've had in some time. Great writeup!
over 1 year ago
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
I've heard really good things about musket room. You've convinced me :)
Traveling Cantonese, still looking for a cup of HK Milk Tea in NYC (in vain)
It is a great restaurant with a tantalizing wine list, and it is getting more recognized and fairly rated now than before - Michelin One Star was given to evidence their excellence in 2015 and 16. I would, however, definitely regard it as one of the more understated, local destinations for a fantastic meal.
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Sommelier at The NoMad
One bite of the bruléed Hawaiian pineapple and a sip of mighty Auslese Riesling will make a believer out of you. Noreetuh is as underrated as it gets when it comes to casual dining in the East Village. The Hawaiian-Korean-Filipino inspired cuisine shines in, paradoxically, what tastes like home cooked food made by fine-dining trained hands. The air in the restaurant is relaxed, convivial, and laid back - pretensions are mostly left out the door where it belongs. The wine list bears the same ethos as well, with gems scattered about and all at friendly mark-ups that make you feel like you're meant to drink very, very well when you're there. Tip to the wise (and hungry)? While critics have given a nod towards dinner, no mention has been paid to the small late night menu found only on Fridays and Saturdays consisting of only two things: Saimin, a ramen inspired Hawaiian noodle dish, and Onigiri. Pop in between 11PM and 1AM and you're golden.
I just went here for the first time a few weeks ago -- fantastic! It's not going to be under the radar too much longer :)
New York City
Co-founder of RoundTable
I just went to Noreetuh last night -- it's just a few blocks from my apartment. One of the most fantastic meals I've had in quite some time, and it's not even that expensive. Great recommendation!
Sommelier at Terroir Wine Bar | MD/MBA NYU
This place is so on point I'm hesitant to tell more people about it. After living in Spain, this is by far the best spanish food I've had in the city, not to mention having a 40+ by-the-glass sherry list and cocktails you'd wish came in a pitcher. The crew here knows hospitality and have been key players at very well known spots (i.e. The Nomad Hotel). Definitely an industry spot, and definitely underrated.
Native New Yorker... I know what's good around here
Underrated indeed. I haven't heard of Donastia but looks really interesting. Thank you!
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
This was the perfect addition to the list. One of my favorite hidden gems in the city.
Sous Chef at Marea
Getting off the 1 train at 125th, it's quite easy to miss the small storefront that packs a serious ramen spot inside. Chef Mark Viloria's menu features variations three distinct variations of ramen: shio, shoyu, and tonkotsu style broths (the creamy, pork bone-based tonkotsu being my personal favorite). The dining room is small, however the kitchen counter seating and large community-style table offer unique dining perspectives for single diners and larger groups. In addition to ramen, the steam buns and Kara-age are definitely worth ordering as well!
Thank god this got added! Most underrated ramen as well
Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.
Very excited to check this out, thank you!
Sous chef at Buddakan, NY
When I used to live around there, I'd go there once a week. Awesome tonkotsu ramen!
about 1 year ago
Kara age and pork buns are my favorite.
12 months ago
Sommelier at Bouley Restaurant
My girlfriend is vegan and I am not, so when we were dating it was important to find a restaurant we could both enjoy. The Seasoned Vegan in Harlem is one of our staple restaurants. Centered around classic international cuisine with a soul food infusion, the restaurant is warm, engaging and a great place for families. Headed up by a mother and son chef team whom I attended school with, they offer a special every month and my favorite by far is the Blackened Sesame Seed “Fish” with Asparagus with Baked Mac and Cashew Cheese. Also try the Stuffed Avocado with peanut and pico de gallo. If that weren’t enough their selection of desserts and all natural fruit smoothies is almost overwhelming. Say hi to Brenda or Aaron while you’re there!
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
Yes I have a good friend who is vegan and we always struggle with the same thing! This is great
Invented the concept of second breakfast
You've got me convinced sounds phenomenal!
General Manager at Betony
Any avid fan of Ethiopian food will find this place quickly topping their list. In addition to being warm and gracious, the service is more expedient than nearly any other restaurant of this style. They always have terrific Ethiopian beers available, the raw kitfo is consistently delicious, varieties of veggies and braised meats abound and are all perfectly cooked, ready to be torn apart by tart hand-held injera. Try to sit in one of the window nooks if you are on a date and keep your fingers crossed for the occasional live band.
Wine lover, world traveler
Injera is definitely one of the hidden gems of the West Village - glad to see it on here
This sounds fantastic, thank you for sharing!
Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living
+1 On the great service here, always extremely friendly!
Founder of The Inherited Plate
u love this spot;)
Sommelier-captain at City Winery. Gastronome lover, born and raised In France by Italian and Portuguese parents.
To start with, I don't know many places that have a wine list so rich from everywhere around the world. And it's a great value with standouts like Champagne Premier Cru for less than $85. They combine this with French inspired small plates like charcuterie and chicken liver paté. The star here was definitely the White Gazpacho with anchovies, cucumber and zucchini. It's perfect for a spring or summer night. I love to interact with the incredibly knowledgeable and well-trained staff. When you leave that wine bar, you feel like you know a little bit more about your own taste and want to discover even more.
My friends think I'm a food snob
This is probably my favorite wine bar in the city, and amazing that more people don't know about it yet. Spot on!
Artist and aspiring food critic
Love the sound of this
1 thing to say. Buffalo chicken rilletes..... It's like a high brow low brow explosion in your mouth. The wine is great too. And the rest of the changing menu items. brown butter popcorn. yes please. I had my birthday in the back room this year and it was at once festive and intimate. Def love the small team, chef eric boylard and caleb ganzer make a great team.
Sommelier at The Little Nell
I think Maiden Lane down in the East Village is probably my favorite place to be in the city on any given night. There's a unique confluence of food and beverage, modern design, music, and hospitality that is unrivaled in that part of town in regards to places flying under the radar. It's also a great place to rub shoulders with some of the best up and coming talent in the industry as it is often a great spot to indulge in late night Champagne and a noteworthy diversity of the most premium canned, cured, and smoked seafood around.
I loved this! I hadn't heard of Maiden Lane before despite living in the EV for a year and a half.
So glad this spot got added - definitely underrated
Loved the descrtipion thank you!
Director of the Dining Club at Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center
The Cecil opened its doors a couple years ago and is attached to Minton's, the best Jazz club in the city. Both establishments belong to Dick Parsons and share a lovely building that was formerly The Cecil Hotel. Alexander Smalls, Chef JJ Johnson and the entire culinary team behind the scene are devoted to cooking great Afro-Asian-American cuisine . The front of the house is incredibly welcoming as soon as you walk in the restaurant. They also have a very nice cocktail selection, well balanced drinks and use top shelf liquor and ingredients. A few favorite dishes include the Oxtail dumplings, the fried rice, crab bun and chicken suya.
Android developer and passionate cook
One of the best restaurants I've been to recently. So glad to see this on the list.
One can not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
I love the sound of this place thank you Manuel!
Ichabod's is a small neighborhood spot in Union Square that I've grown very fond of. They serve rustic seasonal menu with daily specials. I always get their burrata with grilled panzanella salad. If the bone in dry-aged ribeye is still available, it's a must. They have couple raw dishes that make a great start of a meal. There are a lot of great small dishes that're meant for sharing, so bring a lot of people and try everything.
Dessert before dinner!
Ichabod's is definitely one of my best kept secrets! +1 on ordering the burrata!
I have walked by here a hundred times and never went in. Gotta check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
Been on my list for a while too! Thanks for the rec
They got their NY Times write up last year, but it is STILL way to easy to get a reservation here. The food is Chinese. Not American take out Chinese, not Szechuan, but inspired by all different parts of China. Chef Jonathan Wu is constantly innovating and playing in the kitchen. He calls on the cuisine he grew up on and tries to elevate it using techniques he owned at Per Se and other wonderful restaurants. His partner in the restaurant and the beverage director, Jason Wagner, puts together a unique, eclectic exciting wine list along with some great beers and cool cocktails as well
Siggy's is the brainchild of Siggy Sollitto: Chef/Owner--hellbent on doing her part to usher in the American Food revolution: Biodynamic, Farm-to-table dining. Sourcing her meat and produce from Manx Station, and Buckley Beef organic farms, Upstate NY, Siggy's stands apart from restaurants of the same genre because eating everyday at Siggy's is more affordable than your NYU Meal Plan.
Siggy's is quick service with a smile, whether it's grabbing a protein smoothie after the gym, conducting a quiet business lunch, or sitting down for a lively dinner with an eclectic mix of guests in the beautifully lighted, repurposed wooden dining room.
The fresh bouquet of aromas drew me to the window behind the bar area, peaking into the open kitchen, where Siggy tossed on an apron, jumped behind the line and improvised a complimentary, appetizer size amuse bouche. The Spinach and Quinoa cakes with fresh salsa paired quite well with my Organic, Chenin Blanc.
Siggy Sollitto's humbleness and passion for community invokes a dialogue between her and guests that assures everyone leaves feeling cared for and confident that they are enjoying tasty, healthy, fresh, organic cuisines.
I love the sound of this, thanks Ian!
Media Account Executive with a passion for organic cooking
I've become a regular here and you said this so well. Can't recommend Siggy's highly enough!
Personal chef for local families
Certainly underrated, hadn't even heard of these guys! Great find.
Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
I love finding hidden gems and a lot of the best authentic food. I love experiencing different cuisines, learning about history, cultures, and delicious food above all. There is a place in Little Italy called Nyonya. It is a Chinese Malaysian fusion restaurant. I always get the chicken curry roti, fried squid, and they have this really amazing shrimp noodle soup. It's a great place to go with a few people or group and order to share. It's one of my favorite spots for family style delicious food!
Moved to New York City for work, stayed because of the food
Ah so there are still good restaurants in Little Italy :) This sounds awesome, thanks for the tip!
I hadn't heard of Nyonya but reading more about it, looks fantastic! Like the Malaysian - Chinese fusion aspect to what they're doing.
Grill Cook at Marta
This place is certainly one of the best restaurants in Manhattan that deserves more credit. I love coming here with friends for happy hour(5-7pm) and pizza. One of the things that I love about this place other than the very humble and awesome chef is the wood-fired oven. Chef Ed definitely takes advantage of this and cooks almost everything in it and the result is unbelievable! With its tapas concept, I definitely recommend Sotto 13 for people who feel adventurous and try everything on the menu. It also offers a great Brunch menu. Say hi to Chef Ed, who's always there and cooking on the hot line.
Marketing consultant, food network voyeur
This looks and sounds like a great place to eat after work one day.
Hey Scott--Yes, definitely great or just a drink at the bar and some great food! Tell Chef Ed Krishna "guided" you there. :)
Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn
When my wife and I lived in Murray Hill, Sagaponack was our go-to date spot. After a 10 year stint living in Boston, the simple clean flavors of New York/New England seafood in an unpretentious and relatively unknown spot were a welcome relief from the frenetic pace of Manhattan. After a couple bottles of local Long Island wine and a great meal, we always left Sagaponack feeling like we had a warm and salty sea breeze at our backs. The highlight for me was an incredibly rich and luxurious lobster pot pie, which is unfortunately no longer on the menu, but all of their seafood is super fresh and expertly prepared.
I love Sagaponack! Beautiful description of it :)
this sounds right up my alley, thanks for the suggestion!
Executive Chef at Union Square Events
I know many people who've eaten and loved Alain Ducasse's Benoit (including myself) over the last few years. Exec Chef Philippe Bertineau is an outstanding chef whom I've admired for a very long time. His seasonal approach to upscale French Bistro cooking is exactly what I want when I'm looking for a soulful and refined cassoulet, quenelles, charcuterie and creme brûlée.
East village resident, major sweet tooth
An incredible french bistro modeled after their michelin-starred Parisian counterpart. Fantastic cuisine and agreed this is definitely underrated.
When life gives you limes, just add tequila
I loved your description, it sounds like a perfect place for me :) Thanks John!
Life is too short to skip dessert
I never understand why places like this have 3.5 stars on Yelp. Maybe it's because the prices are slightly on the higher end, but the food is incredible!
Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen
I couldnt agree more- love this place!
Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
In an age when everything has gotten bigger, everyone uses bacon excessively, and waistlines have expanded, it's refreshing to have a restaurant like Little Beet Table (LBT) that exercises restraint and responsibility without compromising flavors or experience. While the menu reads flavor (grilled skirt steak, scallops, shrimp) a closer look reveals the usage of many healthy ingredients like avocado, quinoa, nuts, peas and beans, etc.
Did I mention the restaurant is gluten free? Friends of mine who have Celiac Disease no longer have to settle for the salad menu when we go out; now they can have previously impossible dishes like mushroom flatbread, milk & cookies, and even a burger! It should go without mentioning that in addition to all the points I mentioned above, the taste and flavors of the different dishes are fantastic and absolutely memorable.
If I lived or worked closer to LBT I would go more often, for now it has to remain a treat for me. Give it a chance and see for yourself that delicious eating and healthy eating can, in fact, be one and the same thing.
Always tough finding great gluten free spots really liked this
The Little Beet, the fast casual chain by the same guys, is another great, healthy option for lunch
Food Blogger, Marketing coordinator at Tabelog
I had a lunch here and it was very good. I didn't know gluten free burger that I was eating :)
Sommelier @ Italienne
Located in the basement of a midtown office building, Sakagura is frequently referred to as a "hidden gem". You have to be looking for it to find and It will make you feel as if you have left NYC. They have an extensive Sake list where everything is available by the glass and carafe. The food is tapas style and meant to be shared. This is a fantastic place to go with friends and do some serious damage without feeling as if you have spent your rent for the month.
Looks super interesting, thank you!
Incredibly fun, casual, and really well executed food. The wine list is written out in a more educational manner, but not anything short of well thought out. Tucked in the Upper East Side, the place has quiet a unique atmosphere- literally designed like a library.
Marilyn La Jeunesse
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
Marilyn La Jeunesse
This place sounds amazing. Do you recommend any dish in particular?
Liked your description of this sounds really intriguing
Executive Chef at Millesime at the Carlton Hotel
I'm sure August is a restaurant that a lot of people know, but it doesn't get a lot of attention from the press. I enjoyed August when it was in the West Village and now in its Upper East Side location. The food is always delicious, especially the mussels, and the atmosphere comforting.
The space looks beautiful! Right near my apartment, I'll need to go check it out!
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
I loved August in the West Village! Cannot wait to try the new UES location!
Siggy's Good Food
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
The Musket Room
The Writing Room
Little Beet Table
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