Recommended by : Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Spike Mendelsohn (Chef, Top Chef), Matthew Marden (Fashion Director, Details), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Ingrid Hoffmann (Chef/Host, Simply Delicioso), Veronica Miele Beard (Fashion Designer), David Burtka (Actor), Jennifer Morrison (Actress), Natalie Coughlin (Olympic Swimmer), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Actress), Karen Fairchild (Musician)

Cuisine:Italian. Price: $$$. Location: .

Many New Yorkers would argue Babbo is the best spot for refined Italian in the city. The thing is, they wouldn’t have many to argue with. Babbo celebrates the Italian lifestyle, brought to you by world-renowned restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Here’s an insider’s tip: reservations are impossible to get but the restaurant posts last minute cancellations every day on their Twitter feed – @BabboRistorante. Make a Reservation.

Menu recommendations:

Rock Shrimp with Spaghetti – Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine)

Grilled calamari,  homemade pasta with spicy lobster sauce – Veronica Miele Beard (Fashion Designer)

“I do adore Babbo.”  – Jonathan Waxman

“Babbo by far is one of my favorite restaurants in New York City.” – Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef)