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BLUE SMOKE— Barbecue. Traditiona­l Southern cooking, including barbecue served family- style. Blue Smoke is a no- tipping restaurant; hospitalit­y is included. Live jazz nightly in the Jazz Standard downstairs. L & D (daily). 116 E. 27th St., btw Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. So., 212.447.7733, www.bluesmoke.com


Seafood. The eatery is revered for its selection of oysters and casual ambience under a stunning vaulted tile ceiling. L & D (M- Sa). Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., lower level, at Park Ave., 212.490.6650, www .oysterbarn­y.com HILL COUNTRY— American. Dry-rubbed meats—brisket, ribs, pulled pork, turkey breast and more—are cooked low and slow in a pit smoker fueled by post oak wood imported from the Lone Star State at the cafeteria- style, communal-table eatery. Live American roots music plays in the downstairs bar Tu- Sa. L & D (daily). 30 W. 26th St., btw Broadway & Sixth Ave., 212.255.4544, www. hill country.com

HOOTERS— Contempora­ry

American. Comfort food (wings, ribs, burgers) is served in a bi-level wood-paneled space, across from Madison Square Garden. L & D (daily). 155 W. 33rd St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 212.695.9580, www.originalho­oters.com. JOE ALLEN— American. Pre- and post-theater dining is a tradition at this warm and casual 54-year- old go-to, known for its comfort food (calf ’s liver, meat loaf, shrimp and grits), celebrity clientele and collection of posters of Broadway shows that have f lopped. L & D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). 326 W. 46th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.581.6464, www. joeallen restaurant.com JUNIOR’S RESTAURANT— American. The legendary Brooklyn cheesecake bakery

offers more than 10 creamy varieties, as well as humongous deli sandwiches, barbecue and a full menu of breakfast fare. B, L & D (daily). W. 45th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.302.2000; 1626 Broadway, at W. 49th St., 212.365.5900. www. juniorsche­esecake.com

MOLYVOS —Greek. Diners feast on elegant versions of Hellenic specialtie­s— moussaka; stuffed red peppers with basmati rice, eggplant, tomato and manouri cheese; charcoal grilled whole fish with lemon and olive oil emulsion, priced by the pound; and of course, hummus and tzatziki spreads—in an Aegian-inspired dining room. L & D (daily). 871 Seventh Ave., btw W. 55th & W. 56th sts., 212.582.7500, www . molyvos.com NOBU FIFTY SEVEN—

Japanese. The Uptown sister of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s renowned Downtown spot is a visual spectacle. L & D (daily). 40 W. 57th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 212.757.3000. www. myri adrestaura­ntgroup.com PATSY’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Italian. This family-run restaurant (since 1944), a favorite of the late Frank Sinatra, specialize­s in Neapolitan cuisine, including penne alla vodka and gnocchi with meat sauce. L & D (daily). 236 W. 56th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.247.3491, www . patsys.com ROCK CENTER CAFÉ—

American. Outdoor seating in warm months and tall-window views of the Rockefelle­r Center ice- skating rink in winter set the scene for a menu offering house-made pastas and a specialty burger blended in-house with chuck and Black Angus short ribs. Children’s menu available. B, L & D (daily) 20 W. 50th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 212.332.7620, www. patina group.com/rock- center- cafe


Russian. Inside a charming banquette-lined main room, diners take in traditiona­l comfort food—borscht, pelmeni, chicken Kiev, beef stroganoff— and the hideaway’s popular f lavored vodkas. Live music nightly keeps the party going. Keep your eyes peeled for pro Russian hockey player sightings. L (Tu- Su), D (nightly). 256 W. 52nd St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.757.0168, www . russiansam­ovar.com SUSHIANN— Japanese. Simple decor and a serene ambience allow diners to focus on authentic sushi, sashimi and other delicacies, like grilled salmon cheek, yellowtail tartare and fresh sea urchin. L (M-F), D (M- Sa). 38 E. 51st St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.755.1780


House. Large portions of USDA-prime dry- aged steaks, plus wild salmon, grilled yellowfin tuna and lobster ( broiled or steamed), are served in the f lagship’s dramatic dining room with its vaulted blue and white tile ceilings by Rafael Guastavino. L & D (daily). 4 Park Ave. So., at E. 33rd St., 212.889.3369, www.wolfgangs steakhouse. net

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