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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?


Bar Bruno

Recommended by: Jessica Richards (Shen Beauty)

To satisfy a fish taco craving in Brooklyn, Bar Bruno is a no-brainer. Sidewalk seating makes this neighborhood hangout an excellent venue to chow down on Mexican (whilst sipping a michelada of course).


Frankies Spuntino Carroll Gardens

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Rob McIntosh (The Dapper Dude), Busy Philipps (Actress), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour)

The definition of a neighborhood spot (now in both Carroll Gardens and The West Village) Frankies Spuntino serves up amazing, affordable Italian in a homey environment. It’s the kind of place you roll out of bed and cozily land in (except for the fact that they don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait). So [...]



Recommended by: Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka (Brooklyn Slate), Joe Zee (Creative Director, Elle Magazine), Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour)

This awesome local, seasonal spot serves up elevated Southern cuisine in a sleek well-curated aesthetic. The fried chicken will change your life, and the couple behind the restaurant (Chef Rob Newton and fashion mogul Kerry Diamond) brings in an amazing clientele and a perfect combination of food and design. It’s a neighborhood favorite and a [...]


Wilma Jean

Recommended by: Jessica Richards (Shen Beauty)

Family matters at Wilma Jean, a casual, old-timey Southern eatery named for the owner’s grandmother. Their speciality is juicy fried chicken with buttermilk dressing, called “irresistible” by Shen Beauty’s Jessica Richards. Menu items are served in plastic mesh baskets and just about every inch of the place exudes Southern charm.