THE HOTTEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW

Welcome to our weekly survey of the most-talked-about, must-visit restaurants in New York City: http://grb.st/1VWDVhU
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    Sadelle's
    There are amazing bagels. Excellent pastries. Something called an “inverted tuna melt.” Major Food Group's gonzo appetizing store is open in Soho, and it already looks to be a blockbuster.
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    Fuku+
    Fuku+, a.k.a. Fuku 2, a.a.k.a. 2uku surprise-opened inside Má Pêche this week, so the midtown throngs now have access to mini chicken sandwiches, pork flatbreads, and plenty more.
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    Superiority Burger
    Two Times stars later, Brooks Headley’s veggie-burgers-and-more shop is still the biggest success story of the year. Will this mark the beginning of an empire built on grain patties, incredible gelato, and yuba cheesesteaks? Maybe. But for the moment, you’ll have to head to the small East Village location to get your fix.
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    Jams
    Jonathan Waxman's ’80s classic is back, sort of. More than anything, it's just a new midtown restaurant that seems to combine the best parts of the original Jams (red-pepper pancakes with caviar: check) and Barbuto (gnocchi: check). Go right now, before the crowds rush back into town.
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    Bruno
    A duo that first made its name serving ambitious tasting menus in a tiny coffee shop is behind this bright storefront on 13th Street. What to expect: inventive veggie dishes, some novel pastas, and seriously killer pizzas. Grub Street could see this place becoming a go-to for plenty of East Village locals.
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    L'Amico
    While we're on the subject of pizza, enigmatic chef Laurent Tourondel just opened this Italian-ish, wood-fired-everything spot in the Eventi hotel. The place is only a day old, but the pizzas — one of the big draws, and which Tourondel apparently spent "years" perfecting — are already looking good.
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    Babu Ji
    It seems there are many, many admirers of this Avenue B Indian spot, including plenty of critics. Among them, New York's Adam Platt, who recently gave the place two stars: "One hearty star for the cheerful vibe and another for [Jessi] Singh’s elegant home-style cooking."
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    Bar Goto
    A recent spot-check at Kenta Goto’s Japanese cocktail bar revealed, perhaps unsurprisingly, a big crowd of people enjoying the creative drinks, the excellent okonomiyaki, and the superlative miso wings (seriously: Do not miss the wings). As of roughly seven o’clock, the small place was already nearing capacity, so the smart move is to show up on the early side if you hope to grab a seat. At the moment, this place looks like the bar opening of the year.
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    Vaucluse
    Up on East 63rd Street, Michael White's going all-in on French food at this new, fancy-looking space. Will the crowds turn out for zucchini tarts and lobster with truffled potatoes the way they did for lardo-and-uni crostini and octopus fusilli at Marea so many years ago? Time will tell.
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    Kat & Theo
    Executive chef Paras Shah has spent time in the kitchens of El Bulli, Eleven Madison Park, and Momofuku Noodle Bar, so you can probably understand why people are intrigued by his solo debut at this new Flatiron spot. You won’t find spherefied olives or pig-bladder celery root here, though. The goal is to make this a true neighborhood spot, with Mediterranean-accented American classics and a strong list of cocktails for the after-work crowd.
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    Fung Tu
    After two months of cooking an abbreviated menu, owing to an unexpected ConEd shutdown, the gas is back on at Jonathan Wu's casually ambitious LES spot. Head on over and show your support.
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    Eureka
    And now we arrive at what might be the most divisive restaurant in the entire history of eating: This perma-pop-up from 16-year-old chef Flynn McGarry. If McGarry can deliver the goods with this $160 tasting menu, that would probably be enough to silence many of his critics, but there's no doubt he faces a serious uphill battle.
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    Lorenzo's
    Out in Bushwick, the Mother's Ruin crew has opened this bar-restaurant that will cater to the late-night crowds. There are high-end nachos, whole-roasted chickens, veal-heart skewers, and — because it is the year 2015 and these are apparently now required by law in all New York restaurants — alcoholic slushies. This looks like a good one.
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    El Cortez
    Stephen Tanner's own sorta-Mexican Bushwick bar keeps gaining fans, too. One of the most recent: Times critic Pete Wells, who this week rounded up a slew of bars with excellent food, and wrote, "eating at El Cortez is like finding a rogue Taco Bell whose chef threw out all the recipes and started cooking with real ingredients." What's not to like about that?
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    Tori Shin
    While we're on the subject of the other critics, Eater's Ryan Sutton offered his take on the recently moved Tori Shin, declaring it "New York's finest yakitori joint." If you like chicken gizzards, go here. Actually, even if you don't usually dig on poultry parts, you still might want to stop in and give them a shot here. It's good!
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    Gabriel Kreuther
    The stakes are high at this luxe new midtown spot: Can this restaurant find a place among the city's other fine-dining destinations?. After some early hiccups, it sounds like Kreuther and his team have ironed things out, and the question now is whether there's still a place for new white-tablecloth spots in New York's restaurant scene.
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    Werkstatt
    Top-flight schnitzel. Pretzels. Spaetzle. Also ... tacos? Well, yes, but only because Austrian chef Thomas Ferlesch just likes tacos, which seems fair enough. This newcomer could be a great addition to the Prospect Park South neighborhood.
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    Harry & Ida's
    Will Horowitz's unique sandwich spot has started to attract a following, and the pastrami (based on a recipe from Horowitz's great grandparents) has been hailed by some as the best new sandwich in the city.
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    Grand Banks
    Labor Day has come and gone, and now we're all acting like it's already fall — yet before that actually happens, this is the time to squeeze in as many visits as you can to this super-summery bar on a boat. Get to it.
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    Inday
    Don't call it the Chipotle of Indian food. Instead, think of this new Phil Suarez -backed Flatiron project as a casual place informed by the sensibilities of Calcutta and California alike. Founder Basu Ratnam, after all, is quick to draw comparisons to Dimes.