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This is impressive: two writers at Zagat — James Mulcahy and Food Republic contributor Jenny Miller — set out to rate the best restaurants in New York City. Not simply by category (say pizza, burger, Yunnan), but block-by-block! From the East Village all the way to Upper Broadway. We applaud the eating stamina here, and many of the picks (read the full list). But in particular, we endorse the following:

Third Street: Crispy Artichokes at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Seventh Street: De Pabellon Arepa at Caracas
14th Street: Tomato-Basil Spaghetti at Scarpetta
19th Street: Mushrooms at Craft 
25th Street: Two-Egg Sandwich with Bacon at Johnny's Luncheonette
32nd Street: Cheese Ddeokbokki at Arang
39th Street: Mapo Tofu at Szechuan Gourmet
51st Street: Lunch Deal at Le Bernardin
69th Street: Lobster Bolognese at Telepan
97th Street: El Paso Taqueria's Shrimp Tacos

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