When we asked our panel to give us their favorites in this categories we weren’t looking for the usual top restaurants and bars that we all know, but rather those little gems with excellent food, that make us feel welcomed and comfortable and we can have conversations without shouting across the table. You’ll find some great choices all over the city from SoHo to Harlem and the Theatre District too, but you won’t the “usual” subjects unless there’s something about the “usuals” that may surprise you.

Navigating the Hot List. You can find listings via categories and subcategories. You can use the sort button to view all listings in a category alphabetically. And you can you use the search box at the top of the page if there is something specific you are looking for. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask our curators.

Hot List Extras: Click on the name of any listing for web addresses, maps, and sometimes special offers too.