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Best Restaurants 2013

Fit to Serve: Leonardo Cangiano

A native of Italy, a "citizen of the world," Leo Cangiano delivers his "no table left behind" hospitality at Nicola's with genuine warmth, an infectious laugh, and a lot of humor.

Fit to Serve: Jeannie Murray

A bartender at JeanRo Bistro for six years before settling in behind the bar at Jean-Robert's Table in 2010, Jeannie is one of the most popular bartenders in the city.

Orchids at Palm Court

When it comes down to sheer wow factor, Orchids is still impossible to outshine.

2. Jean-Robert’s Table

Jean-Robert de Cavel’s kitchen brigade turns out fiercely personal dishes with an unmistakable sense of place, whether it’s embracing the classic saucy splendor of his French heritage or celebrating a bounty of local produce.

Nicola’s

Nicola’s is so fluently on the mark that other Italian restaurants on American soil can sometimes feel contrived.

Senate

Ever since it began dishing out its lo-fi eats three years ago, Chef Dan Wright’s gastropub has been operating at a velocity few can match.

Abigail Street

Where its sibling and next-door neighbor Senate runs a little hotter, Abigail Street downshifts to a slower flow with an inspired original menu featuring small-ish plates of a Mediterranean disposition.

Cumin

Despite the cheeky tone and hairpin turns on the menu, it takes real talent and confidence to be this playful. Owen Maass breathes life into timeworn classics that result in deeply flavorful and soothing food.

Via Vite

On the short list of downtown restaurants that operate seven days a week, 12 or more hours per day, Via Vite vibrates with an energetic customer base of expense account lunches, late-night revelers, and hotel guests.

Dutch’s Larder

The Larder is an extension of Dutch’s Bar and Bottle Shop, a neighborhood fixture that was transformed from pony keg to beer and wine arsenal—700 varieties of beer, 200 of wine; eight rotating taps—six years ago.

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