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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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Antica Pesa

Recommended by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor)

This swanky spot was inspired by its original namesake in Rome. The dark woods and modern decor give this space a sexy, sleek atmosphere that attracts both locals and celebrities hankering for upscale Italian. However, the food is the main star here, with each dish a flavorful unique twist on traditional Italian fare. Additionally, the [...]

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Blue Bottle Williamsburg

Recommended by: Todd Selby (Owner, The Selby), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Todd Snyder (Designer), Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly), Zanna Roberts Rassi (Editor, TV Personality)

Blue Bottle is a coffee shop with a reverence for the bean, and a concept that’s expanded to a number of cafés, kiosks and wholesale partners. You’ll have to wait a bit for your cup, as each is carefully crafted, but that’s definitely part of the fun! www.bluebottlecoffee.com

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Bozu

Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ)

Bozu offers a sophisticated twist on “Japanese tapas;” delicious and fresh sushi abounds on the menu, their specialty are their “sushi bombs,” and there are still plenty of vegetarian options. Cozy and hip, Bozu’s atmosphere makes it a great place for a date; but there is plenty of seating in the dining room or on [...]

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Cafe Mogador Williamsburg

Recommended By: Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast), Eden Grinshpan (Host, Eden Eats), Mario Carbone (Chef/Owner, Carbone), Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer), Garance Doré (Writer/Illustrator), Joe Schildhorn (BFA)

A great spot for Moroccan fare, Café Mogador is most definitely an East Village and Williamsburg breakfast and brunch favorite. The spot manages to have a French café feel, and serves up great Middle Eastern cuisine… “I love the breakfast at Café Mogador – I’m a huge fan of Middle Eastern food.” – Athena Calderone (Interior [...]

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Café Moto

Recommended by: Jud Mongell (Five Leaves)

This cozy Williamsburg restaurant is a popular spot to have brunch outside in the warmer months, or tucked into a corner in the winter. Diners can enjoy live music nightly at dinner, or at noon on Sundays during brunch. www.cafe-moto.com

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Diner

Recommended by: Dana Veraldi (Deer Dana), Jen Causey (Simply Breakfast), Amanda Leigh Dunn (Co-Owner, The Dalloway), Joe Campanale (Epicurean Management), Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer), Joy Bauer (TV Personality)

A traditional 20’s type dining car in the heart of Williamsburg, Diner toes the line between traditional and innovative. Items like rabbit liver toast, buttermilk pancakes, sunchokes with with cranberry bean puree and black eyed peas all share the same stage of a menu. www.dinernyc.com

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Dokebi

Recommended by: Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer)

This comfortable Korean spot promises excellent stone bowl bibimbap, featuring hipster touches like bright red chairs and tables. And with a top-notch soundtrack and great selection beers on top, you’re sure not to forget you’re in Brooklyn.

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Five Leaves

Recommended by: Olivier Rassinoux (General Manager/Maitre D’, DBGB), Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Andrew Bevan (Style Features Director, Teen Vogue), Rachelle Lefevre (Actress)

The idea for Five Leaves was conceived by the late Heath Ledger and opened by his friends after his death. The American restaurant has outdoor seating, and inside the nautical décor is laid-back and cozy. Five Leaves serves a brunch menu and a dinner menu every day, plus an “in between” menu for the middle [...]

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Juice Press Williamsburg

Recommended by: Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Adam Glassman (Creative Director, O Magazine), Rachel Antonoff (Fashion Designer), Karlie Kloss (Model), Robert Bohr (Co-Owner/Sommelier, Charlie Bird), Kaelen Haworth (Fashion Designer), Cynthia Rowley (Fashion Designer), Marta Milans (Actress), Chris Benz (Fashion Designer), Robert Lee Morris (Jewelry Designer), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Erin Heatherton (Model), Katherine Jenkins (Singer), Olivia Chantecaille (Creative Director, Chantecaille)

This juice and health food spot has definitely made converts out of us. With amazing fresh pressed juices, as well as unbelievable snacks and entrees like Raw Oatmeal, Kale Caesar Salad and the unbelievable Avocado Toast, Juice Press makes health nuts out of even the most die hard of foodies. “I am obsessed with ALL [...]

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Lilia

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (TV Personality)

Since opening, Lilia has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Williamsburg – and for good reason. Helmed by star chef Missy Robbins (formerly of A Voce), Lilia specializes in perfect Italian classics, like wood fired seafood, homemade pastas and some of the best antipasti in town. www.lilianewyork.com

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Lodge

Recommended by: Amirah Kassem (Baker/Owner, Flour Shop)

Modeled after a cabin in the Adirondacks and decorated with wood from the same lot where the idea for this restaurant was born, Lodge has a rustic and outdoorsy feel. Using regionally and sustainably grown foods, Lodge serves standard American fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. www.lodge.com

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Maison Premiere

Recommended by: Chris Cosentino (Winner, Top Chef Masters), Michael Chernow (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Amanda Leigh Dunn (Co-Owner, The Dalloway), Omari Hardwick (Actor), Stephanie March (Actress), Malin Akerman (Actress)

Inspired by the old absinthe bars of Paris, dapper duo Josh Boissy and Krystof Zizka have created a spot with the largest selection of absinthes in America (as well as the largest selection of oysters). The centerpiece of the restaurant is the absinthe fountain the two had specially built, and the only thing that trumps [...]

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Marlow & Sons

Recommended by: Andrew Bevan (Style Features Director, Teen Vogue), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Rachelle Lefevre (Actress), Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer)

For rustic Nouveau American with Mediterranean accents, try Marlow & Sons. Dimly lit with a saloonlike appearance, this South Williamsburg eatery is a great pick for oysters and cocktails – or to stay for a full dinner. “My favorite place to eat, drink, and chat the day away with friend.” – Rachelle Lefevre (Actress) www.marlowandsons.com

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Mesa Coyoacan

Recommended by: Amirah Kassem (Baker/Owner, Flour Shop)

Authentic Mexican cuisine and great margaritas give this restaurant, aptly named after a bohemian neighborhood in Mexico city, its traditional reputation. Classic dishes and a homey and rustic feel abound at Mesa Coyoacan, and yet it still manages to be a great place for a date or night out. www.mesacoyoacan.com