DIN­ING

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AU­GUS­TINE

From his first spot, Odeon, Keith Mc­nally’s hot­ter-than-hot French restau­rants have be­come New York land­marks with near-im­pos­si­ble-toscore reser­va­tions, so it makes sense that his lat­est—which has opened at the Beek­man Ho­tel—is the boîte-tobe-at for French classics and an in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive wine list. 5 Beek­man St., 212-375-0010; au­gusti­neny.com

THE BEATRICE INN

Angie Mar’s reimag­ined ver­sion of this West Vil­lage spot has de­vel­oped an al­most som­me­lier-like ap­proach to the cuts of meat it of­fers. Tak­ing the reins from Gray­don Carter and main­tain­ing an im­pos­si­bly cool crowd have been a breeze for Mar, who has kept the of­ten-hard-to-find spot packed night af­ter night. 285 W. 12th St., 212-675-2808; the­beat­ri­ceinn.com

CAFÉ MEDI

A dose of Mediter­ranean cui­sine was deeply needed in the city, and Café Medi serves it up with both small and large plates in a space with Aegeanin­spired mu­rals and a cav­ernous sky­light, giv­ing this Lower East Side restau­rant a truly coastal vibe. 107 Riv­ing­ton St.; cafemedinyc.com

CHEF’S CLUB NYC

The or­ga­niz­ing prin­ci­ple be­hind this resto keeps it in a con­stant state of buzz: Celebrity chefs sub­mit dishes to a menu that changes sea­son­ally, so din­ers can taste Bryce Shu­man’s radic­chio tar­divo, Cur­tis Stone’s charred oc­to­pus, and Eric Ripert’s croque mon­sieur in one sit­ting. The in­dus­trial-chic set­ting was de­signed by Rock­well Group, with a mas­sive, eye-catch­ing piece of salt sus­pended from the ceiling. 275 Mulberry St., 212-941-1100; chef­s­club­nyc.com

CUT NEW YORK CITY

Wolf­gang Puck is off to a stel­lar start with his first restau­rant in New York City. Each cut of meat is pre­sented ta­ble side, from porter­house to wagyu, and you’ll find guest af­ter guest snap­ping the pre­sen­ta­tion for In­sta­gram. IN­SIDER TIP: Housed in­side the hot new Robert A.M. Stern-de­signed Four Sea­sons Down­town, it’s worth ar­riv­ing early to take a look at the ho­tel’s gilded chan­de­liers and photo-wor­thy stair­case. 99 Church St., 646-880-1995;

EATALY DOWN­TOWN

The sec­ond it­er­a­tion of the Flat­iron mar­ket and din­ing es­tab­lish­ment, the Fidi lo­ca­tion of­fers plenty of au­then­tic and de­li­cious ex­am­ples of Ital­ian cui­sine, from fresh pasta to oys­ters on the half-shell—per­fect for mid­day power lunches and af­ter-work glasses of wine. 101 Lib­erty St., 212-8972895; eataly.com

FLORA BAR

Held in­side The Met Breuer, the seafood-fo­cused restau­rant from the team be­hind Estela is as hot as the art on the walls. Its sub­ter­ranean feel makes for the per­fect mod­ern meal af­ter a tour of one of the premier mod­ern art collections in New York. 945 Madi­son Ave., 646-558-5383; florabarnyc.com

FOWLER & WELLS

Tucked into the Beek­man Ho­tel, Tom Colic­chio’s lat­est restau­rant fea­tures a breath­tak­ing stained glass wall and an Amer­i­can-lean­ing menu. IN­SIDER TIP: Spend the night at the ho­tel up­stairs and have your meal de­liv­ered right to your room! 5 Beek­man St., 212-658-1848; fowlerandwells.com

IMPERO CAFFÈ

Trend­ing in New York right now are hot­ter than hot restau­rants in­side ho­tels. This Ital­ian eatery in the Inn­side New York ho­tel of­fers up pas­tas and pas­tries in per­fect har­mony from a menu built by world-renowned chef Scott Co­nant. The ragù is so good—and so in-de­mand—that it’s on the brunch menu, too. 132 W. 27th St., 917-4095171; im­per­orestau­rants.com

KING

This bright and airy down­town eatery is new, hot, and hard to get into! The brain­child of two alums of Lon­don’s famed River Café, this restau­rant at­tracts a su­per cool crowd with a seafood-struc­tured menu that changes daily and fea­tures rus­tic dishes. 18 King St., 917-825-1618; kingrestau­rant.nyc

LA SIRENA

The Batali & Bas­tianich team con­tin­ues to drive the pos­si­bil­i­ties of Ital­ian cui­sine in new di­rec­tions. This Miche­lin-starred spot checks a lot of boxes: a myr­iad of pas­tas, a su­per­star wine pro­gram, a lasting choco­late cop­petta, and the most gor­geous bal­cony over­look­ing MEPA. 88 Ninth Ave., 212-977-6096; lasirena-nyc.com

LE COUCOU

Com­ing off mul­ti­ple rave re­views, Le Coucou has be­come the hottest ticket in town. Re­fined French cui­sine has never been more in vogue than at this Lit­tle Italy out­post from Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose. IN­SIDER TIP: If you can score a post-din­ner ta­ble at the ad­ja­cent club, The Blond, then ku­dos to you! 138 Lafayette St., 212-2714252; lecoucou.com

LE TURTLE

This chic French restau­rant on the Lower East Side has be­come a haven of celebri­ties and so­cialites. Taavo Somer of Free­mans and Car­los Quirarte of The Smile com­bined forces for the first time and only ac­co­lades have fol­lowed. IN­SIDER TIP: Al­though healthy and veg-cen­tric options dot the menu, stay tuned for their swine-and-wine din­ners, which prom­ise to be rowdy and rich! 177 Chrystie St., 646-918-7189; letur­tle.fr

LORING PLACE

The reign­ing king of farm-to-ta­ble din­ing, Dan Kluger’s new restau­rant has fi­nally opened its doors with a veg-for­ward menu and cus­tom aprons by friend Todd Sny­der. Kluger’s love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for or­ganic lo­cal fare comes from his days as ex­ec­u­tive chef at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina. 21 W. Eighth St., 212-388-1831; lor­ing­pla­cenyc.com

MIMI

This sexy French boîte may be mi­nus­cule, but the closely packed ta­bles let you shop your fel­low din­ers’ plates (there is lots of ooh’ing and aah’ing), and the stylish staff is happy to walk you through the decadent and in­no­va­tive bistro menu. The lob­ster with es­car­got but­ter is ev­ery­thing. IN­SIDER TIP: In or­der to give the kitchen time to pre­pare the souf­flé—which is ex­cel­lent, btw—you have to or­der it at the start of the meal. 185 Sul­li­van St., 212-4181260; miminyc.com

NIX

This In­dian-in­spired, veg­gie-heavy spot was the sleeper hit of 2016, with cre­ative dishes like av­o­cado, mint, and curry dip and rib­bons of ji­cama with fresno chili and blood or­anges. It’s no sur­prise that the crowd is su­per chic given that the restau­rant’s pri­mary in­vestor is Condé Nast alum James Tru­man. 72 Univer­sity Pl., 212-498-9393; nixny.com

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