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M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1

Neighborhood: Long Island City
Address: 22-25 Jackson Ave.

The original M. Wells diner in Long Island City was easily one of New York's most exciting restaurants, dishing up lusty, over-the-top Quebecois food out of a beat-up old diner. Sadly, it lost the space within a year, but now chef Hugue Dufour has popped back up in what may be even cooler digs: A casual cafe inside MoMA PS1, which pays homage to the modern art museum's former life as a public school with rows of desks that serve as communal tables, and the menu written on a classroom-style chalkboard. In terms of museum restaurants that don't suck, this one is tops. -Chris Schonberger

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