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It’s no secret that New York City is one of the largest cultural hubs in the world, with many of those cultures being expressed through the city’s countless restaurants. The booming restaurant scene in the Big Apple has thrived for decades, and continues to do so with more and more popping up each year. Speaking of, the following are some of the newest, most popular dining destinations New York City has to offer.

Atla

A casual Mexican restaurant started by chef Enrique Olvera, Atla offers everything from steak tartare chile to a delicious seafood tostada, all with a focus on vegetables and healthy options. With an outdoor patio, seating for 90, and every dish being under $20, it might be difficult for patrons to visit just once.

Le Coucou

This French restaurant located in SoHo was started by internationally renowned chef Daniel Rose and restaurateur Stephen Starr. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Le Coucou offers traditional French cuisine in a high end setting with cocktails to match. For a truly memorable meal, book your table in advance to sit nearest to the open kitchen to see the creation of these masterful plates.

4 Charles Prime Rib

If you want your dining experience to feel like that of a 1940’s club scene, 4 Charles Prime Rib will do just that. With intimate lighting, leather seating, and dark wood paneling covered in classic paintings, this restaurant’s atmosphere is half the experience. Their dinner choices include prime rib steak as the name suggests, fresh seafood, chicken, and pasta. Relax at the bar with a cocktail or glass of wine and admire the restaurant’s decadence beforehand.

Flora Bar

Located in the Upper East Side, Flora Bar recently opened its doors in Fall of 2016, and has since become a local hotspot for visitors of Central Park. The lunch and dinner menus specialize in seafood with a large selection of wines and coffee. The enormous floor-to-ceiling windows create a very open feel for all customers, whether they are stopping by for an appetizer, or a casual drink at the bar.

Augustine

Another French restaurant that calls Lower Manhattan its home, Augustine offers an incredibly unique menu that includes such dishes as sea urchin spaghetti, roasted bone marrow, and a stuffed trout for the truly adventurous. The elegant setting is perfect for date nights, or even private events.

Loring Place

 
This cozy restaurant started by chef Dan Kluger highlights the foods of farmers around the area, some of whom Kluger has known for many years. The menu has exactly what you’d expect with pleasant bursts of flavor in each bite. Grilled vegetable plates, whole wheat spaghetti, duck, and seafood are all options within the alluring restaurant, which also has several private dining areas for larger groups.