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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?

Alchemy

Alchemy

Recommended by: Adam Richman (Travel Channel Host)

Whether you stop in for a hearty meal or just a drink, Alchemy gives you the true London-style gastropub experience in the comfort of this low-key venue.  If the menu’s old-timey favorites weren’t enough to thoroughly satisfy an appetite, Alchemy proves everything tastes better washed down by a Guinness. www.alchemybrooklyn.com

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Cafe Regular

Recommended by: Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly)

This neighborhood coffee shop provides some of the best coffee and pastries in Brooklyn. In fact, their pastries are so good that they sell out on weekends before noon. “An iced coffee at Café Regular (best in Park Slope, I’ve tried them all)” is part of Matt Bean’s (Editor, Entertainment Weekly) ideal food day. www.caferegular.com

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Convivium Osteria

Recommended by: Jessica Richards (Shen Beauty)

Curating the best of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese influences, Convivium Osteria is the epitome of romance. They offer seating in their downstairs wine cellar, and for an intimate candlelit meal, this old-world gem truly transports you. Make a Reservation. www.convivium-osteria.com

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Franny’s

Recommended by: Chris Santos (Judge, Chopped), Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Joe Campanale (Epicurean Management), Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Ryan Hardy (Chef, Charlie Bird), Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire), Julie Ann Orsini (Fashion Archivist), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler)

Franny’s is a Park Slope gem dedicated to making delicious, artisanal pizza. With a charming outdoor garden open in Spring and Summer, and a reasonably priced variety of delicious pies, Franny’s is the perfect pizza go-to. “[My ideal food day includes] a breezy lunch in the backyard at Franny’s in Park Slope.” – Chris Santos (Judge, Chopped) “For [...]

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Sun In Bloom

Recommended by: Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Actress)

Gluten-free, vegan, raw and kosher – whatever your dietary needs, Sun in Bloom delivers. We love the bright, airy vibes in their kitchen; go with the macro salad for a seriously delicious, good for your gut lunch. www.suninbloom.com

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Talde

Recommended by: Padma Lakshmi (Host, Top Chef)

With his namesake restaurant, Top Chef’s Dale Talde reimagines Asian food with creative bites like bacon pad thai, pretzel dumplings, and shrimp toast. The oriental mahogany-wooded dining room supplies a comfortable ambiance for tasting his signature dishes harmonized with fun cocktails. www.taldebrooklyn.com

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Varrio 408

Recommended by: Jon Glaser (Comedian)

Located in Park Slope, Varrio 408 is owned by chef Martin Medina. He first won over the neighborhood with Rachel’s Taqueria – which is next door to Varrio 408. Known for fresh tortillas, this counter-front is a must visit for burritos and tacos alike. www.varrio408.com