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Ahoy’s New York City Restaurant Recommendations for 2013

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a great 2012 and we wish you an even better 2013. With the New Year, if you are anything like us you may be looking for some new and exciting restaurants to try. Here are Ahoy’s New York City restaurant recommendations for 2013 to check out.

The Cutting Board
– 53 Bayard St
The Cutting Board is an American and Japanese fusion restaurant where you can order anything from a lobster roll to a chicken teriyaki udon. However, their best dishes are those that draw in influences from both cuisines such as their sea-urchin (uni) pasta. The unique flavor of uni is balanced perfectly in a cream sauce served over penne.

Dirt Candy – 430 E 9th St
Who says vegetarian food has to be boring? Dirt Candy is Chef Amanda Cohen’s whimsical take on vegetarian dishes. For example, her Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu dessert is served with mascarpone and rosemary cotton candy. It is quite the sight and of course it is quite yummy.

Essex Restaurant – 120 Essex St
Essex is a lively restaurant in the historic Essex Street Market that draws from Jewish and Latin influences of the neighborhood. Essex serves a delicious crispy half chicken over couscous with pinenuts & figs and an artichoke-kalamata olive tapenade and they also makes a great duck confit quesadilla.

Mission Chinese Food – 154 Orchard St
Mission Chinese Food is a newcomer to the Lower East Side and has received a ton of hype since its opening. It is well deserved with Danny Bowien’s wonderful spin on classic Chinese dishes such as their beef pancake and their stir fried buckwheat noodles.

SoCo – 509 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
SoCo is a southern fusion restaurant in Clinton Hill that has been wowing its customers. How does this sound? A buttermilk fried chicken served over a red velvet waffles. Yum!

Rosemary’s Enoteca and Trattoria – 18 Greenwich Ave
Rosemary’s Enoteca and Trattoria is an Italian restaurant where the dishes can’t be any more fresh and flavorful especially their pastas. Rosemary’s also has a rooftop garden where they grow their own herbs.

Kefi – 505 Columbus Ave
Kefi is a stunning Greek restaurant in Upper West Side and they make a meatball that is consistently on the list of the top meatballs in New York City.

The Stanton Social – 99 Stanton St
The Stanton Social focuses on smaller dishes so you can order more and share with your friends. But with dishes like potato and goat cheese pierogies, Kobe beef burger sliders, wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli and crab cake corn dog sharing may be a bit difficult.

Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro – 2 Park Ave
Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro is a must for cheese lovers. Fondues are a lot of fun and with its selection of cheeses and numerous options for “dipping” that range from fruits to seared steak, you are in good hands.

Red Rooster – 310 Lenox Ave
From his time on the Food Network to President Obama visiting this Harlem restaurant Chef Marcus Samuelsson has become one of the most talked about chefs. With dishes like the fried yard bird or jerk chicken, you can see why and you will definitely be coming back for more.

Red Rooster Fried Chicken