Recommended by : Michael Symon (Chef, Iron Chef America), Pat LaFrieda (Owner, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Nancy Novogrod (Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure), Brooke Williamson (Chef, Top Chef), Michael Esper (Actor), Anthony Carrino (TV Personality), Rebecca Hall (Actress), Tamron Hall (News Anchor)

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

Tucked away on Minetta Lane, this fairly new spot from one of our first (and favorite) restaurateurs on The New Potato – Gabriel Stulman – boasts great Italian (our favorites being the pastas). We’re not sure what’s more irresistible, the deep red banquettes or the rustic exposed brick that surrounds you the moment you walk in.

“The best pasta that I’ve ever eaten has been at Perla from Mike Toscano.” – Pat LaFrieda (Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors)