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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?

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Battersby

Recommended by: Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Jill Herzig (Editor-in-Chief, Redbook)

A tiny 28 seater spot with exposed brick walls, antique ceilings, and a small, cozy feeling, Battersby somehow makes being somewhat cramped a positive. The courses on the menu named “first,” “second” and “third,” are the perfect representation of the unassuming, humble nature of this American Nouveau spot. “I’d go to Brooklyn and go to Battersby, [...]

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Clover Club

Recommended by: Toni Abou-Ganim (Mixologist)

The Flatiron Lounge’s Julie Reiner brings the drink craze to Brooklyn with this awesome cocktail hotspot. The cocktail menu is divided into nine categories, and there’s delicious evening fare and a great brunch (a rarity among mixology-focused bars). There may be plenty of mixology-reveling bars in Manhattan, but this Brooklyn spot is definitely worth leaving [...]

June Wine Bar, 231 Court St.

June

Recommended by: Kerry Diamond (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Food)

Dim lights, booth seating and mirrors give the space a vibe that’s reminiscent of Paris in the 20s. A diverse selection of wines are offered by the bottle, glass or quartino. European wines are the center of attention, and the menu also boasts a selection of natural and biodynamic wines. For those who appreciate mixed [...]

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La Vara

Recommended by: Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour)

Honoring the Iberian Peninsula’s culinary blend of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian cuisine, this Cobble Hill gem serves up flavor-filled Spanish tapas. Every dish is an innovative demonstration of Spanish cuisine’s intertwined culinary history. The cozy spot is casually elegant with its brick walls, glass storefront, and white lighting. Make a Reservation. www.lavarany.com

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Moo Burger

Recommended by: Omari Hardwick (Actor)

This Brooklyn spot serves up a wide variety of burgers – from a Banh Mi Chicken Patty to a Salmon ‘Nova Scotia’ Patty – in a relaxed setting. All menu items are handcrafted with local ingredients, making for a delicious and healthy alternative to the typical burger joint. www.mooburger.net