2/01/2012 01:22:00 PM

Open Call: What Are Your Favorite Neighborhood Gems?

Aria Wine Bar, a neighborhood gem in the West Village 
There are thousands of restaurants in New York City, but doesn't it seem like the same hundred or so get all the attention? Well - we're shifting the focus to that place on your corner that rocks, even though no one seems to know about it except for you. Eating in the Big Apple wouldn't be the same without these unsung neighborhood gems, and we are putting together a little feature that will give them the attention that they deserve.

Let us know which off-the-radar eateries should be included - that hole-in-the-wall pasta joint, or maybe that totally cozy bistro that is always buzzing but never too crowded that you can't get a table. You can give us your nominees in the comments, or email buzz@zagat.com with your thoughts on who should be included (and throw some photos in there if you want!). We'll collect all the entries, and narrow the list down to a collection of the best neighborhood gems that NYC has to offer. Stay tuned.

25 comments :

  1. cafe buon gusto on UES! it honestly has great, cheap italian food.

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  2. Bacchanalia Restaurant in Chicago......A HIDDEN GEM!
    Great Italian Food, Wonderful Portions, and Friendly Staff, and Owners very Accommodating and So Down to Earth. A Must Try Restaurant in Chicago!!!

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  3. Hanci Turkish Cuisine on 10th Avenue between 56th & 57th. A family run spot that has a simple, authentic and limited menu with extremely fresh food that's reasonably priced. The owners and staff are very friendly and warm, and the atmosphere is very inviting.

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  4. Teddy's in Williamsburg--always the real thing in a neighborhood that can be too precious for words.

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  5. Meme Mediterranean- Hudson and Bank in the West Village- the food is amazing, staff warm and welcoming, a true neighborhood gem- in fact it's so good, I shouldn't be telling you about it!

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  6. Basso 56 at 234 W. 56 (so easy to remember) -- always a warm welcome and great food! B

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  7. VERSO east village ... great spot, not expensive and top quality food

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  8. IL Giglio in NYC is second to none!

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  9. Marseille in the theater district is absolutely wonderful!
    Barbara

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  10. Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights...best Italian comfort food anywhere.

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  11. Celeste on Amsterdam & W. 84th

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  12. Cacio e Pepe on 2nd Ave near 11th st is my favorite Italian (Roman) restaurant. Their namesake dish of pasta and cheese with black pepper is the "best" mac and cheese in NYC.

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  13. HENRY'on the Upper West Side. They were the first to open a serious dining room up there and they are still the best. Chef Mark Barrett makes great modern American bistro food with a strong influence from his time in Italy and at Babbo. And one of the great rooms in town. Oh, and the only all-American wine list on this island.

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  14. Henry's on Broadway @ 105th Street is a great upper west side restaurant, bar, and hang out!

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  15. Chef Leth is a magician and high priest of comestibles at the Vinegar Hill House. Solipsists stay away! Hemingway's ghost is welcome...

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  16. Love Henry's! Not much going on in this neck of the woods, but I can always count on Henry's to give me delicious food at reasonable cost. And it's great to have a late night bar open with food being served for those midnight cravings!!

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  17. DA SILVANA FOREST HILLS ALWAYS EXCELLENT

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  18. Wonderful to see Henry's listed! For the UWS, it's easily our favorite neighborhood restaurant. My husband and I bring our friends there weekly, the food is lovely and everyone is so charming. We were there Tuesday night since they are the only place nearby that serves food after 11pm.

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  19. Gascogne on 8th Ave & 17th/18th by far is a true gem. We have been going here for over 10 years and it has never, EVER disappointed - it has only continued to enchant. The charming back garden is wonderful in good weather, the inside restaurant cozy in poor weather. The food is impeccable every single time, as is the wine. This is now my 9 & 14 year old's daughter's favorite NYC restaurant as well!

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  20. Paradou in the Meatpacking District - best brunch ever!

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  21. Gascogne 8th Ave and 18th Street. I love this place! Great food and wonderful service.

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