With new, daring restaurants opening on the regular, New York continues to keep its gastronomic game tight. Old favorites continue to thrive, but new culinary lifeblood is constantly being fed into Gotham. We're lucky to have a wide range of internationally known restaurateurs and master chefs fronting new spots citywide, and what's more, the most exciting choices aren't always going to fixate on weird foams or warm mayos. Some of the most exciting restaurants to open this year offer relatively straightforward takes on American classics like fried chicken.

Whether you're craving something gutbombing or you want your plate to appear decorated by a kitchen Picasso, the year's offerings have you covered. And we've got you covered so that you can fill your dining calender with sure-shots. These are NYC's 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011 (So Far).

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