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New York City can seem like a nearly endless metropolis—because of its size, it can be difficult to know where exactly to start when traversing the city in search of some delicious food. Especially in Manhattan, the city’s most well-known and crowded borough, being able to find a decent place to grab a bite that’s fresh and delicious can be an incredibly elaborate process. This is why I’ve comprised this list of 4 new, hot restaurants in Manhattan right now.

  1. Leonti

One of the most iconic aspects of NYC cuisine is the prevalence of incredible Italian food. Since immigrants began coming to Ellis Island in the late 19th century, the quality only continued to rise as more and more chefs came to the forefront. Leonti is a great example of this, combining tradition with creative and unique menu items.

  1. Momofuku Noodle Bar

For those who are looking for a great place to go that’s in midtown, there’s no better place to go eat before a walk in Central Park than the Momofuku Noodle Bar. This restaurant is owned by David Chang who has an impressive history of making some of NYC’s most delicious ramen.

  1. Henry

If you’re looking for a type of cuisine that you might not often find in NYC, check out Henry—it’s an incredible restaurant that specializes in pan-African cuisine, a term used to refer to food that has influences from Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South. This is the restaurant to go to in Manhattan if you’re looking to experience some seriously intense flavors. Did we mention there’s also a great drink menu?

  1. Eléa

Located on the Upper West Side, Eléa is a delicious location sporting some of the best Greek food that you can find in NYC. People who are familiar with NYC’s other restaurants will recognize the similarities from the owner’s other establishment Kyma, but this is not a bad thing—the food is consistently good, there is incredible theming immersing you throughout the entire meal, and you can eat possibly the best pita you’ll find in New York.