Recommended by : Lee Gross (Chef/Founder, M Café), Jessica Alba (Actress), Scott Conant (Judge, Chopped), Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Elise Rosenberg (Colonie), Anne Burrell (Chef/Host, Worst Cooks in America), Fabio Viviani (Finalist, Top Chef), Dominique Ansel (Chef/Owner, Dominique Ansel Bakery), Camilla Belle (Actress), Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Cuisine:Nouveau American. Price: $$$. Location: .

As its name suggests, Animal is for meat lovers.  The minimalist interior leaves the focus on the dishes, and the wide variety of “animals” on the menu is sure to surprise you whether you’re a die-hard carnivore or just an adventurous foodie.

“I’m a big fan of the Animal guys…I’ll always follow what they’re doing.” Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ)

The Chefs/Owners of Animal, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, list the Poutine and the Turkey Leg as some of their favorite menu items.